The measure was announced as part of the Queen's Speech, which set out a range of measures to supposedly reduce the amount of regulation with which businesses have to comply. Whilst de-regulation may seem laudable some will see this as yet a further attack on employment rights.
Prior to the Equality Act 2010 coming into force, recommendations could only be made by an employment tribunal if they aimed to reduce the adverse effect of the discrimination on the employee who brought the claim (usually where the employee had brought the claim whilst still employed by the business).
However, in line with the Equality Act, Tribunals may currently make recommendations that benefit the wider workforce and not just the claimant. From the employer's perspective, recommendations represent additional costs in terms of implementation. Moreover there is the potential adverse publicity of a discrimination claim being brought against them, the findings of which then becomes disseminated widely amongst the work force.
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