The Committee for Employment & Social Security consulted regarding draft policy proposals for new multi-ground discrimination legislation during the summer of 2019.
Although the consultation period has now closed, the various documents published as part of the consultation remain available in the downloads section of this page. A report setting out the findings of the consultation is also available to download.
Since the consultation closed the Committee has been giving further consideration to the various policy issues raised in the feedback received which may result in substantial changes to the proposals. A Policy Letter setting out the Committee's finalised proposals will be brought to the States for consideration before the end of this term of government.
If the States approve the proposals, the legislation will then need to be drafted and returned to the States for approval and the Committee 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Closed: 30th September 2019