The committee for Employment & Social Security has provided the following progress update on work to introduce the new anti-discrimination legislation.
- Final draft of the Ordinance expected to be taken to the States for approval in quarter 3 of this year.
- Stakeholder consultation is due to close in mid-February, following which the Committee will consider the feedback received and instruct the legal drafter to make any technical changes necessary.
- The final draft Ordinance will then be submitted to the Legislation Review Panel for consideration.
- Prior to submission to the Legislation Review Panel, the Committee will publish an assessment indicating those areas where the draft Ordinance differs from the equivalent legislation in Jersey and why.
- The Ordinance will come into force no sooner than six months after it has been approved by the States to allow time for businesses to prepare. This is anticipated to be in April or May 2023.
- Consortium led by Walkers will work together to deliver a comprehensive training and development programme to assist employers and service providers in understanding and preparing for the new legislation.
- Appleby have been appointed to prepare guidance documents which will provide clear, concise and easily digestible information on the requirements of the Ordinance, including on matters such as accessibility and reasonable adjustments.
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