This section of the site summarises some proposed or likely changes to the disability discrimination law. The proposed changes do not necessarily apply to Northern Ireland.
No longer a future change of course. From 1st January 2021 the British parliament is entitled to amend the Equality Act without regard to EU law, though subject to the UK-EU Trade Agreement.
So far as the Equality Act is not amended, UK courts should normally (though not always) continue to interpret the Act in line with EU Court decisions made before the end of 2020. Until the end of 2020 the UK remained largely bound by EU law.
Following the Matthew Taylor review of modern working practices, the government’s Good Work Plan of December 2018 discusses proposals to clarify and probably extend the types of worker covered by the Equality Act.
This is especially important with the growth of the gig economy and ‘zero hours’ contracts.
Changes on enforcing the Equality Act have been proposed in various reports. Two were in 2019, by the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee and, on legal aid, by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.