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We have listed below links to current legislation.  You should note that equality and anti-discrimination law may be changed or updated.  The law is also complex and can require interpretation.

Please feel free to contact us if you need clarification or guidance on what the law means.

(Please note that these are links to external websites. The Equality Commission cannot accept responsibility for the content or accuracy of the material)

Age discrimination laws

 

Disability discrimination laws

Main law for employment, goods, facilities, services and disposal of premises

• Disability Discrimination Act 1995

 

Main amending/supplementary laws:

• Disability Discrimination (Meaning of Disability) Regulations (NI) 1996

• Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2004

• Disability Discrimination (NI) Order 2006

 

Other amending/supplementary laws:

• Disability Discrimination (Employment Field) (Leasehold Premises) Regulations (NI) 2004

• Disability Discrimination (Service Providers & Public Authorities Carrying Out Functions) Regulations (NI) 2007

• Disability Discrimination (Premises) Regulations (NI) 2007

• Disability Discrimination (Private Clubs, etc.) Regulations (NI) 2008

• Disability Discrimination (Transport Vehicles) Regulations (NI) 2009

• Autism Act (NI) 2011


 

Main law for education:

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (NI) Order 2005

 

Amending/supplementary laws:

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (Educational Institutions) (Alteration of Leasehold Premises) Regulations (NI) 2005

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (NI) Order 2005 (Amendment) (Further & Higher Education) Regulations (NI) 2006

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (General Qualifications Bodies) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps & Physical Features) Regulations (NI) 2008

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (2005 Order) (Amendment) (General Qualifications Bodies) (Alteration of Premises & Enforcement) Regulations (NI) 2008

• Special Educational Needs & Disability (General Qualifications) (Relevant Qualifications, Reasonable Steps & Physical Features) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2009

• Special Educational Needs & Disability Act (NI) 2016 (Rights of child over compulsory school age in relation disability Discrimination claims)

 

Gender discrimination laws

Refers to: 

- Sex discrimination
- Pregnancy & maternity discrimination
- Gender reassignment discrimination
- Marital/Civil partnership status discrimination

 

Main law:

• Equal Pay Act (NI) 1970
(this link is to the revised version of the statute that incorporates all of the several amendments that were made over the years up to and including 2005)

 

• Sex Discrimination (NI) Order 1976
(this link is to the revised version of the statute that incorporates all of the many amendments that were made over the years up to and including 2008)

 

Amending laws:

• Sex Discrimination Order 1976 (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2011

• Sex Discrimination Order 1976 (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2012

 

Race discrimination laws

Main law:

• Race Relations (NI) Order 1997
(this link is to the revised version of the statute that incorporates all of the several amendments that were made over the years up to and including 2009)

 

Amending law:

• Race Relations Order 1997 (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2012

 

Religious & political discrimination

Main law:

• Fair Employment & Treatment (NI) Order 1998
(this link is to the revised version of the statute that incorporates all of the amendments that were made over the years up to and including 2003)
 

Supplementary laws:

• Fair Employment (Monitoring) Regulations (NI) 1999

• Fair Employment (Monitoring) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2000

• Fair Employment (Monitoring) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2002

 

Sexual orientation discrimination laws

 

EU anti-discrimination laws

• Directive 2000/43/EC - racial equality in employment, goods and services

• Directive 2000/78/EC - equal treatment in employment on grounds of religion and belief, disability, sexual orientation, age

• Directive 2004/113/EC - equal treatment in goods and services for men and women

• Directive 2006/54/EC – equal pay and treatment in employment for men and women

• Regulation (EC) No. 1107/2006 - rights of disabled people - air travel

 

Tribunal related legislation

Statutory Rule 2005 No. 150 - The Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Amended by:

Statutory Rule 2011 No. 161 - The Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment)
Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

Amendment SR 2005 No 376 commenced 31 August 2005
Amendment no 2 SR 2005 No 578 commenced 31 December 2005


Statutory Rule 2005 No. 151 - The Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Amended by:

Statutory Rule 2011 No. 162 - The Fair Employment Tribunal (Rules of Procedure) (Amendment)
Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011

Correction SR 2005 No 151
Amendment SR 2005 No 579 commenced 31 December 2005

 

General legislation