The specific duties play a vital role in setting out what approach authorities should take towards compliance with the general duty, but the DLA has reservations about the proposed changes to the specific duties.
The DLA welcomed the desire to address the issue of the imbalance in Parliamentary seats, and makes recommendations for how to use the law to achieve this.
In its submission to the EC, the DLA makes a number of specific recommendations regarding the text of this proposed Directive, specifically in the areas of exceptions, positive action, victimination, multiple discrimination, equality bodies, and public procurement.
The DLA strongly recommends that these changes are introduced via a single Directive covering all four grounds of discrimination (religion or belief, age, disability, and sexual orientation), rather than separate Directives for each ground. We believe that a single Directive will aid legal clarity and transparency from the perspective of individuals, employers and service-providers. In addition, a single Directive is a better response to the situation of those who experience multiple discrimination. The DLA raises the concern that the introduction of a further Directive does not lead to any regression from the level of protection already guaranteed in the existing Directives.