Exemptions to the 2010 Equalities Act explained
31st March 2016
A new set of Training Notes just published explains the issues for being able to advertise a staff post open only to someone holding the Christian faith. How genuine are your GORs? explores the use of Genuine Occupational Requirements that many churches cite for posts. But can churches justify this use of the term? In some cases, probably not.
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The 2010 Equalities Act allows certain exemptions for Christian bodies to be able to appoint professing Christians. But the conditions are tight and there is no exact listing of how they apply, so it depends on how Employment Tribunals will interpret them.
The notes make suggestions for how a post might fit in with the Act's exemptions and suggests further reading. The notes may be found at TN92, How genuine are your GORs?, on the Training Notes page of this website.