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Human Rights boss offers 'carrot' approach to job equality laws

PUBLISHED: 16:26 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 05 October 2010

EQUALITY champion Baroness Margaret Prosser has been warning personnel professionals about tough changes in the law on job recruitment in the community. But the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s Deputy Chair said legislation should not be used as a stick to beat employers with

EQUALITY champion Baroness Margaret Prosser has been warning personnel professionals about tough changes in the law on job recruitment in the community.

But the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Deputy Chair said legislation should not be used as a stick to beat employers with.

It should be used to help and support their approach to equality and diversity, she maintained.

Baroness Prosser highlighted the work in shaping the new Equality Bill now going through Parliament.

There were "significant changes in society" since 1976 when the first Equality Act was introduced, she pointed out.

The baroness was addressing a meeting of the Docklands Personal Initiative attended by personnel professionals at the Financial Services' new National Skills Academy in Poplar, which was opened in January by Tower Hamlets College.

She spoke of the need for employers to seriously think about adapting to growing numbers of workers from diverse backgrounds.


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