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Proposed changes

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Last updated 6th September 2019.

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.

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Currently UK discrimination law must comply with European Union (EU) legislation. However after the UK leaves the EU, UK law will not need to, unless the UK agrees otherwise.

There are also big uncertainties on how Brexit will affect the use of EU directives and EU court decisions in interpreting the Equality Act (and much other UK legislation).

See Brexit and Equality Act 2010.

Employment status

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.

See Employment status proposals.


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.

See Enforcement of Equality Act: proposals.

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