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Equality law to 'improve transparency'

29 May 2008

Equality law to 'improve transparency' The Equality Bill will force firms to be more transparent in revealing grievances from ethnic minority workers, one expert has said.

According to Personnel Today, Equalities and Human Rights Commission chairman Trevor Phillips told a diversity conference last week that the new law could force firms to reveal the number of complaints they receive from minority workers.

"This should not be about more data, but about more effective data … perhaps the number of grievances lodged or the retention rates of ethnic minority staff," he remarked to delegates.

Equality minister Barbara Follett had previously told those at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development conference the bill would aim to increase transparency when it is drafted next month.

The prime minister has previously announced the bill would be passed into law during the next parliamentary session.

Students from ethnic minorities who work part-time to support their studies could be interested to hear the bill aims to make organisations more open about their grievances.

Trevor Phillips was formerly the Labour leader on the London Assembly before taking up office at the commission, where he has since had a number of disagreements on multiculturalism with the former London mayor Ken Livingstone.

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