Equality Act 2010
The Equality Bill 2010 is now in force. The Act is intended to provide a legislative framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all.
No one can lawfully discriminate against anyone under any of the below ‘protected characteristics’.
- Gender Reassignment
- Marriage and Civil Partnership
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Religion or Belief
- Sexual Orientation
The Compliance Department deal with all Equity and Equality matters. For help and advice, email email@example.com or telephone 01526 351824.
As a follow-up to this original document, England Golf have produced a guidance document on the 'Equality Act 2010 and Golf'.
Download the 'Equality Act 2010 and Golf'.
We should emphasise that this paper is a summary of how we consider it might affect golf and it should not replace legal advice tailored to your specific requirements.
It is clear that golf clubs will need to be aware of the requirements of the new legislation and comply with any relevant sections. England Golf have a role in helping clubs to address their responsibilities and to drive the process of equity forward. In future, golf clubs may be challenged legally on their approach to equality and it would be wise to be able to demonstrate the club’s commitment with clear evidence.
The Equality Act 2010 can be downloaded at www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_bill.aspx
The passing into law of the Equality Act 2010 necessitates the updating of the Buggy Policy Guidance Notes. All clubs must have legally effective policies in place in order to comply with the requirements of the Act. England Golf and the National Golf Clubs Advisory Association (NGCAA) have combined resources to produce guidance notes relating to golf course traffic and the usage of golf buggies.
The Equality Act 2010 and Age Discrimination
From the 1 October 2012 a ban on age discrimination in the provision of goods, services and facilities under the Equality Act 2010 came into force. A guide for Golf Clubs is available in the documents list at the top of this page.
Further information can also be found on the Home Office website - http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/equalities/equality-act-publications/equality-act-guidance/