The following might be a clue.
The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 came into force on 1st October 2006.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Act 1988— legislation to incorporate the European Convention of Human Rights into UK Law.
The Equality Act 2006.
The 1970 Equal Pay Act gave the right to equal pay in the UK for the first time. The UK was required to introduce the Act as a condition of joining the European Union. The right to equal pay covers not only women and men doing the same job, but also in the situation where men and women are doing work of ‘equal value’ but are being paid differently. The Equal Pay Act was amended in 1984 to cover equal pay for work of equal value as a result of a case brought against the UK at the European Court of Justice.
Equal rights in the core of EU legislation.
Equal rights for men and women at work have been included in the Treaty of Rome (1957) and the Treaty of Amsterdam (1997).
The European Charter of Fundamental Rights (2000).
Equal pay (1975). Equal treatment between women and men in the field of employment (1976 and amended in 2002).
Social security systems (1979 and 1986)
Equal treatment for self employed workers and their spouses (1986)
Code of Practice and Recommendation to protect men and women from harassment
Pregnancy and motherhood (1992)
Parental leave (1996) (E.G. Allowed up to the age of 8)
Part-time work (1997 and 1998)
Proposal to bring together existing directives on equal treatment of men and women in employment into a single text (2004)
Article 141 of the EC Treaty
The principle that men and women should receive equal pay for equal work is one of the fundamental principles of the European Community and is to be found in Article 141 of the Treaty of Rome. Requires Member States to ensure that the principle of equal pay for equal work is applied. For the purposes of Article 141, 'pay' means 'the ordinary basic or minimum wage or salary and any other consideration, whether in cash or in kind, which the worker receives directly of indirectly, in respect of his employment, from his employer'.
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