The notes need to be read in conjunction with the Act.
They are not, and are not meant to be, a comprehensive description of the Act.
Establishes exceptions to the prohibitions in the earlier parts of the Act in relation to a range of conduct, including action required by an enactment; protection of women; educational appointments; national security; the provision of benefits by charities and sporting competitions. It contains general provisions on application to the Crown, subordinate legislation, interpretation, commencement and extent.
It also contains amendments to the Civil Partnership Act 2004 to allow civil partnership registrations to take place on religious premises that are approved for that purpose.
The Act brings together and re-states all the enactments listed in paragraph 4 above and a number of other related provisions.
It will harmonise existing provisions to give a single approach where appropriate. The Equality Act 2006 will remain in force (as amended by the Act) so far as it relates to the constitution and operation of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; as will the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, so far as it relates to Northern Ireland.
Makes it unlawful to discriminate against, harass or victimise a person at work or in employment services.
However, in a limited number of specific cases, express provision is made for particular provisions of the Act to apply (or potentially apply) outside the United Kingdom.
Thus, section 29(9) provides for the prohibitions in respect of the provision of services or the exercise of public functions to apply in relation to race and religion or belief to the granting of entry clearance, even where the act in question takes place outside the United Kingdom.