The Equalities Minister, Harriet Harman, has published the Single Equalities Bill today. Commenting from the British Chambers of Commerce’s Annual Business Convention in Birmingham, David Frost, Director General of the BCC, said:

“This Bill will discourage job creation and make employers fearful of the recruitment process. We already know that half of small firms struggle to navigate employment law and this will just add to the problem.

“The government commitment not to introduce mandatory gender pay audits until 2013 is not worth the paper it is written on. 2013 does not feature in the Bill itself so the government could easily withdraw this commitment and implement audits much earlier.

“Coupled with the 50 per cent tax rate, this sends a poor message about doing business in the UK.”