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Equality Bill

Part of the debate – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:31 am on 9th June 2009.

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Stephen Alambritis: Yes, we agree as well. Employers have an eye to marketing and sales, and to getting the best possible deal and symmetry between their staff and customers, so actions would be taken, as they are today, that are positive about whom to employ. The positive action clause would help in that regard.

When debating amendments, we would put into the pot the use of the word “suitable” as well as “qualified”. A small firm would look at the suitability of the potential employee as well as at the strap line of whether they are “qualified”.