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Board welcomes new regulations

Last updated: 2003-12-02

The Board of Deputies welcomes new regulations which come into force today and will make it unlawful to discriminate, in the field of employment, on grounds of religion or belief.

Board Director General Neville Nagler commented: "For about ten years we have been working towards these new provisions.  It is good news that the government has now finally implemented the EU anti-discrimination directive.  The changes will make it unlawful for any employer to discriminate against Jewish people, as well as members of other faith communities, on the basis of their religion.  Jews have always been covered by the provisions of the Race Relations Act, but the new regulations will create additional safeguards." 

"The Board of Deputies has published guidance for both employers and employees advising on good employment practice and on ways of avoiding discrimination in the work place.  We very much hope that the new regulations will go a long way towards outlawing all kinds of discrimination in employment which might affect Jews and people of other faiths."