05 June 2008
New equality laws 'will help workers understand their rights'
New laws governing workplace equality will help UK workers to understand their rights, a government minister has said.
Speaking at the launch of a report compiled by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress, Harriet Harman, the Commons leader and minister for women, described the Equality Bill as "a major de-cluttering exercise".
The legislation will replace nine major laws and around 100 other measures with one single bill.
"To work, equality legislation must be clear and understandable - both by those whom it is intended to protect and by those, like businesses, who are expected to comply with it," Ms Harman said.
Meanwhile, Richard Lambert, director-general of the CBI - a lobbying organisation for UK businesses - added that the new Equality Bill must "strike a sensible balance" between a greater consistency in equality laws and solutions that are relevant and workable.