Employer duties and workplace rights

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The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from discrimination in the workplace. The section contains guidance on the law and where jobseekers, employees and employers can seek advice. The organisations in this list may be able to offer you free legal advice or support with issues about employment.

Guidance on the Equality Act can be found on the Government website and covers responsibilities laid down in employment law

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) promotes equality and human rights ideals and laws across England, Scotland and Wales:

Acas (The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) – gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. They cannot provide legal advice, but they have a helpline if you need to talk through options about a workplace problem

The organisations in this list may be able to offer you free legal advice or support with issues about employment. Ensure that you check first with any organisation you contact to make sure that they are able to provide support which is appropriate to you.

LawWorks Clinic Finder tool – This charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice. The Finder Tool  allows you to enter your postcode and the kind of issue you need help with and receive information relating to suitable free legal clinics in your area

Disability Law Service – The DLS provides free legal advice on community care, employment, housing and welfare benefits to disabled people and their carers to ensure that they have access to their rights and justice

The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – ACAS provide free advice to employers and employees on employment related disputes

Toynbee Free Legal Advice Centre – provides free legal assistance on a range of issues within UK law

Equality Advisory Support Service – This Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales

Citizens Advice – Citizens Advice offer impartial and independent advice online, by phone or in person. They have information on where to go if you have a problem at work, or are making a claim to an employment tribunal.