Date Added: Oct 2009
The Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 (hereafter the Act) and its predecessor are unique. The author believes that the principles of the Act are important to maintain for the major reason that they impel organizations to actually look at employment statistics and policies and consider issues that relate specifically to women's employment. It is very important that this is not a voluntary activity. Experience in the UK under a voluntary scheme through the employers' association shows that a minority of organizations participate in this and they opt in and out, thus many do not consistently report over the years.