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Equality Bill
Part 15 — General and miscellaneous

 
 

(11)   

A reference to the accrual of rights under an occupational pension scheme is to

be construed in accordance with that section.

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References to maternity leave, etc.

(1)   

This section applies for the purpose of this Act.

(2)   

A reference to a woman on maternity leave is a reference to a woman on—

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(a)   

compulsory maternity leave,

(b)   

ordinary maternity leave, or

(c)   

additional maternity leave.

(3)   

A reference to a woman on compulsory maternity leave is a reference to a

woman absent from work because she satisfies the conditions prescribed for

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the purposes of section 72(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

(4)   

A reference to a woman on ordinary maternity leave is a reference to a woman

absent from work because she is exercising the right to ordinary maternity

leave.

(5)   

A reference to the right to ordinary maternity leave is a reference to the right

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conferred by section 71(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

(6)   

A reference to a woman on additional maternity leave is a reference to a

woman absent from work because she is exercising the right to additional

maternity leave.

(7)   

A reference to the right to additional maternity leave is a reference to the right

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conferred by section 73(1) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.

(8)   

“Additional maternity leave period” has the meaning given in section 73(2) of

that Act.

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Index of defined expressions

Schedule 28 lists the places where expressions used in this Act are defined or

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otherwise explained.

Final provisions

202     

Money

There is to be paid out of money provided by Parliament any increase attributable to

this Act in the expenses of a Minister of the Crown.

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Equality Bill
Part 15 — General and miscellaneous

 
 

Clause 203: Commencement

Effect

629. This clause sets out when some of the provisions in the Bill come into effect, and how

the rest will be brought into force. The clauses relating to commencement, short title,

subordinate legislation and interpretation will all come into force automatically on the day on

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which the Act receives royal assent. The rest of the Bill will be brought into force by

commencement orders made by a Minister of the Crown. The orders will set out the date on

which specific provisions start to have legal effect.

Clause 204: Extent

Effect

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630. This clause explains that all of the provisions of the Bill are part of the law of England

and Wales.

631. All of the provisions of the Bill, except for clause 183 (improvements to let dwelling

houses), are also part of the law of Scotland.

632. In relation to Northern Ireland, the Bill is not part of Northern Ireland’s law, except for

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the following,

• clause 77 (offshore work),

• clause 100 (expiry of Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002).

Clause 205: Short title

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Equality Bill
Part 15 — General and miscellaneous

 
 

203     

Commencement

(1)   

The following provisions come into force on the day on which this Act is

passed—

(a)   

section 179(2);

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(b)   

this Part (except sections 193 and 198).

(2)   

The other provisions of this Act come into force on such day as a Minister of

the Crown may by order appoint.

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Extent

(1)   

This Act forms part of the law of England and Wales.

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(2)   

This Act, apart from section 183 (improvements to let dwelling houses), forms

part of the law of Scotland.

(3)   

Each of the following also forms part of the law of Northern Ireland—

(a)   

section 77 (offshore work);

(b)   

section 100(3) and (4) (expiry of Sex Discrimination (Election

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Candidates) Act 2002).

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Equality Act 2009.

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Equality Bill (Volume I)

 
 

A

Bill

To Make provision to require Ministers of the Crown and others when making

strategic decisions about the exercise of their functions to have regard to the

desirability of reducing socio-economic inequalities; to reform and harmonise

equality law and restate the greater part of the enactments relating to

discrimination and harassment related to certain personal characteristics; to

enable certain employers to be required to publish information about the

differences in pay between male and female employees; to prohibit

victimisation in certain circumstances; to require the exercise of certain

functions to be with regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and other

prohibited conduct; to enable duties to be imposed in relation to the exercise

 

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of public procurement functions; to increase equality of opportunity; and for

connected purposes. 

 

Presented by Ms Harriet Harman

 
 

supported by

 
 

The Prime Minister,

 
 

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer,

 
 

Secretary Jack Straw, Secretary Alan Johnson,

 
 

Secretary Hazel Blears, Secretary Geoff Hoon,

 
 

Secretary Ed Balls, Secretary James Purnell,

 
 

The Solicitor General, Mr Pat McFadden

 
 

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