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Positive action in recruitment and promotion: practical implications

Caroline Noblet of Squire Sanders Hammonds continues a series of articles on positive action in recruitment and promotion with a look at the practical implications for employers of the new provisions. The positive action provisions come into force on 6 April 2011. From that date, employers will be able to take positive action when they recruit or promote employees, provided that they meet specific conditions. 

Deciding whether or not to take positive action

The positive action provisions in s.159 of the Equality Act 2010 are voluntary. Therefore, employers will need to decide whether or not to adopt them and, if they do, in what circumstances.