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The Government has this week published the Employment Equality (Amendment) Bill 2015 a copy of which can be accessed here.

The purpose of the Bill is to provide equality for employees of education, medical and other services under the direction of religious organisations.

Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act 1998 deals with the exclusion of discrimination on particular grounds in certain employments and it is proposed under the new Bill to amend Section 37(1) by the substitution of the following section;

37.(1)(a) A religious organisation shall not be taken to discriminate against a person for the purposes of this Part or Part II by giving favourable treatment on the religion ground to an employee or a prospective employee where the religion or belief of the employee constitutes a justified occupational requirement.

(b) No religious organisation, or body under the direction or control of a religious organisation, may give less favourable treatment on gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, traveller community, disability grounds or the ground of race to employees or prospective employees in services it operates including educational or medical institutions”.

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