Consultation responses

Over the years, the DLA has established a reputation for its knowledge, expertise and understanding of discrimination law issues. Government departments and other statutory agencies regularly seek our views on changes and development in law and policy areas.

Participation from members ensures that our contributions to policy and public debates are grounded in and informed by the experiences of those affected by discrimination cases and issues on a daily basis.

This page lists all of the submissions and responses that the DLA has made to government and European Commission consultations, as well as contributions it has made to research, surveys and consultations by other organisations. The most recent submissions are listed first.

As an added resource, for some consultations we have added links to the responses from other organisations.

Women in the Workplace

The DLA has submitted a comprehensive response to the inquiry into Women in the Workplace set up by the House of Commons Business, Innovation & Skills Committee in Sepember 2012.  You can find details of the particular issues that the Committee was seeking answers to on the Parliament website here:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/business-innovation-and-skills/news/women-in-the-workplace/ 

The DLA response can be read by opening the attached file below

Bill of Rights - second consultation

The DLA has submitted a response to the government's second consultation on the need for a Bill of Rights. The consultation asks questions that build on the 2011 Discussion Paper and on the views that have been heard so far, about whether or not there is a need for a UK Bill of Rights, and if so, what the form and content of any such Bill might be.

You can find details of the background to this consultation on the MoJ website here:
http://www.justice.gov.uk/about/cbr/second-consultation

Third-party harassment/wider recommendations/questionnaire procedure

The government continues to chip away at the Equality Act in the name of "business efficiency".  The DLA has submitted three separate responses to government consultations on proposals to repeal specific provisions of the Act:

  • employer liability for harassment of employees by third parties
  • employment tribunals' power to make wider recommendations in discrimination cases
  • procedures for obtaining information (questionnaires): section 138 Equality Act 2010

You can view the details of the consultation documents on the GEO website here:

www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/equality-act-wider-enforcement/
www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/third-party-harassment/

and the DLA responses in the attached files below

Dealing With Dismissal and "Compensated No Fault Dismissal"

The DLA has submitted to response to the BIS's Call for Evidence, seeking views on the concept of ‘compensated no-fault dismissal’ for businesses with fewer than 10 employees.


You can read the background to this survey on the BIS's website here:
http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/employment-matters/docs/d/12-626-dismissal-for-micro-businesses-call.pdf

and you can read the DLA submission in the attachments (PDF and text) below.

 

Forced Marriages

The DLA has submitted a detailed response to the Home Office's consultation on forced marriage.
You can read the background to the consultation on the Home Office website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/forced-marriage/
and read the DLA response in the attached files (PDF and text) below.

Introducing fees in employment tribunals and EAT

The DLA has issued a response to the MoJ's consultation on "Introducing fees in employment tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal" in which it challenges the whole rationale of charging fees.

You can find details of the consultation on the MoJ website here:
https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/et-fee-charging-regime-cp22-2011

and you can read the DLA's reponse in the attached files (PDF and text) below

Appointments and Diversity

The DLA has submitted a comprehensive response to the recent Ministry of Justice consultation "Appointments and Diversity: A Judiciary for the 21st Century" on proposed amendments to the statutory and regulatory frameworks for judicial appointments, together with improving judicial diversity. You can find full details of the consultation on the MoJ website here:
www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/judicial-appointments-cp19-2011.htm
and you can read the DLA submission in the attachment below.

Justice & Security green paper

The DLA has submitted a forthright rejection of the government's proposals to extend closed material procedures to all civil cases in its reponse to the Justice and Security green paper: http://consultation.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/justiceandsecurity/

You can read the DLA's submission in the attachment below.

UKBA family migration

The DLA has submitted a response to the government's consultation on family migration - you can find details of the consultation on the UKBA's website here: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/consultations/family-migration/

The DLA's response is in the attachment below

Employment-related Settlement, Tier 5 and Overseas Domestic Workers

The DLA has submitted a reponse to the UKBA's consultation on Employment-related Settlement, Tier 5 and Overseas Domestic Workers.  The DLA response endorses the responses made by the Immigration Law Practitioners' Association and the Migrants Rights Network - you can read all three responses here