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Discrimination Legislation Consultation

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The consultation period in respect of the Committee for Employment & Social Security's draft policy proposals for new multi-ground discrimination legislation is now closed.

For the purposes of the consultation, the Committee published a range of documents going into different levels of detail regarding the draft proposals:

Although the consultation has now closed, these documents remain available in the downloads section of this page.

The Guernsey Blind Association prepared an audio version of the summary of the draft proposals, which is available below:

  • Background

    • As part of the 2013 Disability & Inclusion Strategy, the States of Guernsey agreed to develop proposals for disability discrimination legislation. Responsibility for this work transferred to the Committee for Employment & Social Security in 2016. Work to select 'model' legislation (by comparing the legislation of other countries) in late 2017 and early 2018 led to a question about whether the project should be expanded into a project to develop discrimination legislation which covered multiple grounds of protection - and this was agreed by the States in June 2018. In summer and autumn 2018 expert advice was sought on what provisions the legislation might contain based on international best practice and drawing on Irish and Australian law. The Committee reviewed this and formulated a set of draft proposals which they believed would be appropriate for Guernsey.
  • Consultation events

    • In order to explain the draft proposals, the Committee for Employment & Social Security held a public briefing on Monday 15 July at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts. This event was live streamed and the video can be watched below. A transcript of this event can be found in the downloads section of this page.
  • What happens next?

    • A summary of the findings will be published on this webpage during December 2019.
    • The Committee intends to bring its final proposals to the States for debate by April 2020.
    • If the States approve the proposals, the legislation will then need to be drafted and returned to the States for approval and we will need to undertake some work to ensure that there are appropriate structures in place to give people information and advice and register and hear complaints raised under the legislation. We have not set a date for when the legislation will come into force. We anticipate this will be 2021 at the earliest.

Closed Monday 30th September

Downloads

Technical Draft Proposals Summary of Draft Proposals Priekšlikumu projektu kopsavilkums Podsumowanie wstępnych projektów Resumo de projetos de propostas FAQs for people who might experience discrimination FAQs for employers and service providers FAQs For Accommodation Providers List of Proposed Exceptions Summary of draft proposals - Easy read New Discrimination Legislation: Public Consultation Transcript

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Discrimination Team

Level 4, Edward T. Wheadon House,  Le Truchot,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 3WH

Email us:
equality@gov.gg

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01481 732546

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Building: 08:45AM-4:00PM, Phone: 08:30AM-4:45PM (4:30pm for phones on Fridays)

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