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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

Training venues

 
Employer Training Programme   Our next training sessions will run from September - December 2017:

•  FREE & can be credited to CPD
•  Convenient half day sessions
•  Training courses at six venues
•  Register online now


 


Training topics and events:

Introduction to understanding equality

INTRODUCTION TO UNDERSTANDING EQUALITY


Basic – for beginners in employment equality
This seminar is designed to give employers and service providers an awareness of the principal anti-discrimination laws and explores the concepts of direct and indirect discrimination.  It also looks at the reasonable adjustment duty as well as the particular requirements of Northern Ireland's fair employment legislation.

Session overview:
 

  • The role and function of the Equality Commission
  • Introduction to anti-discrimination legislation in NI
  • Definitions of discrimination
  • Guidance on best practice

Book now
 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Wed 13 Sept 2017
Wed 18 Oct 2017 -
fully booked
Thurs 30 Nov 2017
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
Malone House, Belfast
Malone House, Belfast
 

Recruiting Fairly

RECRUITING FAIRLY 

Systematic, fair and objective recruitment and selection procedures increase the likelihood that the most suitable persons will be appointed and significantly reduce the possibility that unlawful discrimination will occur. This session looks in detail at the various aspects of the recruitment and selection process and aims to provide employers with practical guidance and support.

Session overview:
 

  • Recruitment and selection and the law
  • Practical examination of key aspects of the recruitment and selection process (including job documentation and reasonable adjustments)
  • Equality codes of practice and up to date case law

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Thurs 21 Sept 2017 10am - 1pm Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
  Wed 25 Oct 2017 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Thurs 9 Nov 2017 - fully booked*
Thurs 7 Dec 2017 - fully booked*
 
10am - 1pm
10am-1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Malone House, Belfast
*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

Managing bullying and harassment at work

MANAGING BULLYING & HARASSMENT AT WORK

This session examines the types of behaviour that can constitute bullying and harassment and the impact of these behaviors in the workplace.  It highlights the key differences between the two behaviours and the legal position in relation to both. The session looks at issues of liability – both organisational and individual and at the reasonable steps defence in relation to harassment complaints.

Session overview:
 

  • Definitions of bullying and harassment
  • Types of bullying and harassment
  • Nature and consequences of bullying and harassment
  • Legal context

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 6 Sept 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Wed 27 Sept 2017 10am - 1pm Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh
  Tues 21 Nov 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 12 Dec 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast

*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

Pregnancy and maternity at work

PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY AT WORK


This session will be co-delivered by the Equality Commission and the Labour Relations Agency. It will focus on informing employers of their responsibilities in relation to equality and employment law related issues regarding pregnancy and maternity.

It has been designed to provide employers with the key advice they need to ensure they are complying with their legal responsibilities following a recent investigation into pregnancy and maternity conducted by the Commission.

Session overview:
 

  • Brief overview of equality and employment law, with a focus on their application to pregnancy, maternity and maternity leave
  • Issues of discrimination that can arise from the management of pregnancy and maternity leave
  • Best practice examples

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Wed 13 Sept 2017
Wed 6 Dec 2017 - fully booked
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown
Europa Hotel, Belfast

 

Line Managers: Focus on absence and performance management

LINE MANAGERS: FOCUS ON ABSENCE AND PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT


This session will focus on the responsibilities of line managers in relation to certain aspects of equality law, especially issues relating to employees who are disabled.

Session overview:

  • Brief overview of equality law, with a focus on its application to absence and performance management procedures
  • In relation to that, the session will focus on the duty to make reasonable adjustments for employees who are disabled under the Disabled Discrimination Act 1995

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Tues 19 Sept 2017 - fully booked*
Thurs 16 Nov 2017 - fully booked*
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Malone House, Belfast

*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

Reasonable steps defence

REASONABLE STEPS DEFENCE

This session aims to set out the statutory defence against claims of unlawful discrimination.  Focusing on the promotion of equality of opportunity in the workplace, the seminar will provide employers with clear guidance on how this can be achieved in practice.

Session overview:
 

  • Examination of the concept of vicarious liability
  • Discussion of relevant case law and key learning for employers
  • Best practice recommendations

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 11 Oct 2017 - fully booked 10am-12noon Malone House, Belfast
  Wed 6 Dec 2017 10am-12noon Malone House, Belfast
       
       
 

How to complete an Article 55 review

HOW TO COMPLETE AN ARTICLE 55 REVIEW

This session explains the key duties for employers under fair employment legislation and advises on the preparation for the three yearly review due under Article 55 of the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998.

Session overview:
 

  • The legal duties for employers
  • Article 55 documentation
  • Evaluating data and assessing fair participation
  • Reviewing fair participation
  • Identifying affirmative action measures

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Tues 19 Sept 2017 - fully booked* 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 18 Oct 2017 9:30am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 28 Nov 2017 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 13 Dec 2017 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
       

*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

Promoting disability equality in the workplace

PROMOTING DISABILITY EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

This session will look at the management of disability in the workplace with a particular emphasis on the reasonable adjustment duty and promotion of equality of opportunity for disabled applicants and employees. It is aimed at employers who already have a knowledge of the key provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, including the definition and other types of disability discrimination.

Session overview:
 

  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Promoting equality of opportunity for disabled applicants and employees
  • Case studies from Equality Commission decisions and settlements
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 15 Nov 2017 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
       
 

Disability awareness training for service providers

DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS

This session provides service providers with an awareness of how they can best engage with disabled customers to ensure that their goods, facilities and services are fully accessible to disabled customers. It will be co-delivered by the Equality Commission and Disability Action.

Session overview:
 

  • Barriers faced by disabled customers
  • Engaging with disabled customers
  • Good practice strategies

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Thurs 19 Oct 2017 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Thurs 9 Nov 2017
Thurs 23 Nov 2017
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon

 

Public Sector: Section 49 of the Disability Discrimination Act and Disability Action Plans

SECTION 49 OF THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (DDA) AND DISABILITY ACTION PLANS (for Public Authorities)

This session is directed at public authorities who are subject to the Disability Duties.

The purpose of this session is to explain the legislation underpinning the duties and advise public authorities of their legal responsibilities.

Session overview:
 

  • Section 49a and 49b of the DDA
  • How to develop a Disability Action Plan (DAP)
  • Examining good practice
  • Summary of Commission guidance (pdf, 369kb)

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Tues 26 Sept 2017 10am-12:30pm Malone House, Belfast
  Thurs 12 Oct 2017
Thurs 7 Dec 2017
10am-12:30pm
10am-12:30pm
Malone House, Belfast
Malone House, Belfast

 

 

Public Sector: Section 75 Duties - A focus on screening

PUBLIC SECTOR: SECTION 75 DUTIES
- A FOCUS ON SCREENING


This session is directed at public authorities who are subject to Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. The session will explain how screening should be conducted, using practical examples of real policies.

Session overview:
 
  • Why Screen-link to equality scheme commitments?
  • When, how and by whom should screening be undertaken?
  • Screening and equality impact assessment
  • Challenging the myths around screening
  • Good Practice Screening
  • Summary of our S75 advice on screening and EQIA's (pdf, 409kb)

     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 27 Sept 2017 - fully booked
Thurs 5 Oct 2017
Tues 28 Nov 2017 - fully booked
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Malone House, Belfast

 

Monitoring workshops (new session added)

MONITORING WORKSHOPS

These session will advise employers on how to comply with their legislative duty to collate and retain monitoring information for inclusion in the annual monitoring return.

Session overview:
 

  • Discuss completion of the annual monitoring return
  • Address employer queries


Workshops are limited to 6 places, book now to avoid disappointment
 

   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 20 Sept 2017 - fully booked* 10:30am - 12noon Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 18 Oct 2017 - fully booked* 10:30am - 12noon Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 7 Dec 2017 - new date added 10:30am - 12noon Equality House, Belfast
       
       
*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 
 




QUESTIONS?
Please contact Frances on 028 90 500 650 or email edtraining@equalityni.org


 

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Employers & service providers
 

The Equality Commission currently offers training sessions in Belfast, Cookstown, Craigavon, Omagh and L/Derry - see below for details.

We will also be holding a number of conferences, employer updates and information sessions throughout the year for public and private sector employers and service across Northern Ireland. More details to follow.

In some circumstances we maybe able to provide in-house training in response to specific requests.

Belfast training

Belfast training sessions take place at Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast (map) or at Malone House, Belfast (map) - click links below for full details:
 

- Wed 6 Sept 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
- Tues 12 Dec 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
 
- Wed 6 Dec 2017, 10am-1pm at Europa Hotel, Belfast - fully booked
 
- Tues 19 Sept 2017, 9:30am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast - fully booked
- Tues 28 Nov 2017, 9:30am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
- Wed 13 Dec 2017, 9:30am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast

 
- Wed 15 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
 
- Thurs 16 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
 
- Thurs 9 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
- Thurs 7 Dec 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
 
- Wed 18 Oct 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
- Thurs 30 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
 
- Wed 11 Oct 2017, 10am-12noon at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
- Wed 6 Dec 2017, 10am-12noon at Malone House, Belfast

 
- Thurs 27 Sept 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked
- Tues 28 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast - fully booked

- Tues 26 Sept 2017, 10am-12:30pm at Malone House, Belfast
- Thurs 7 Dec 2017, 10am-12:30pm at Malone House, Belfast


* You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

Cookstown training

This Cookstown training session takes place at the Glenavon House Hotel:


 

Craigavon training

All Craigavon training sessions take place at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre:
 

- Wed 25 Oct 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 5 Oct 2016; 10am-12noon
 
- Tues 21 Nov 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Tues 19 Sept 2016, 10am-1pm - fully booked
 
- Wed 18 Oct 2017, 9:30am-1pm
 

 
* You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

L/Derry training

All Derry training sessions take place at the Waterfoot Hotel:
 


*You can register to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

Omagh training

The Omagh training session takes place at the Silverbirch Hotel:

 
 


QUESTIONS?
Phone us on 028 90 500 560 or email edtraining@equalityni.org


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