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Under the Equality Act 2010, positive action means action that is taken to encourage certain groups, for example women or people from a particular racial minority, to take advantage of opportunities for employment if the purpose is to tackle their underrepresentation in a particular field.
Positive action is permissible under the Equality Act 2010. Examples of positive action include stating in the advertisement that applications from women are particularly welcome and using types of media for advertising that are likely to be seen by members of a particular racial or religious group.
Positive action, which is lawful, should be distinguished from positive discrimination, which is unlawful.
9 Apr 2010
Industry experts have poured cold water on government hopes that the new Equality Act will encourage employers to take positive...
8 Mar 2010
Q I am the HR manager for a large clothing business. We want to open up our recruitment strategy to...
4 Mar 2010
A leading diversity expert has called on the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to take “positive action” to...
31 Oct 2008
Despite plenty of negative publicity, the use of positive action will be extended when the Equality Bill becomes law. Nic Paton looks for the plus points of this controversial issue.
27 Feb 2008
The BBC is to launch its biggest drive to fill more top positions with ethnic minority and disabled staff, Personnel...
1 May 2007
As a public sector organisation, we are in the process of writing our gender equality scheme. We have identified several...
16 Jan 2007
Calls for the government to enforce positive action have been branded “populist, false thinking” by a UK business leader.
5 Dec 2006
Pressure is mounting on the government to change the law to allow employers to take “special measures” in favouring ethnic...
21 Apr 2006
Lancashire force defends positive action as legitimate bid to improve ethnic representation in ranks.
24 Jan 2006
Just a thought regarding Naomi Feinstein’s comment in your ‘no whites’ news story (Personnel Today, 10 January). Positive action does...
14 Oct 2003
Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt has written to 500 of the UK’s
top companies to urge them to benchmark...