A racial disparities commission established by the Prime Minister is reportedly set to recommend that the term ‘BAME’ should not be used by public bodies and companies any more – Sky News reported.

As was first reported by the Daily Telegraph, the proposal is said to form an important part of the report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities, which is expected to be published this week. 

Russell-Cooke partner and head of employment Anthony Sakrouge appears in HR Grapevine to discuss the impact of removing the use of the term BAME by public bodies and companies.

He says, "replacing BAME with some other term is unlikely to have a significant impact on the workplace, as the Equality Act 2010 does not refer to this term..."

"It provides only that ‘race’ is a protected characteristic and that race, for these purposes, includes colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins."

'Vague & unhelpful' Companies could be told: 'Ditch use of BAME label' is available to read here or via subscription on the HR Grapevine website. 

Anthony is head of the employment team. He acts for both employers and employees, specialising in contentious work and negotiations relating to the complex starting and leaving packages of directors and other senior employees. He advises on and handles disputes involving bonuses, entitlements under incentive plans, breach of contract, restrictive covenants, confidentiality, the duty of fidelity, commission, share disputes, discrimination, whistle-blowing and unfair dismissal. He has extensive experience of litigation in both the Employment Tribunals and the Courts.