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Employer Training Programme

What you need to know

Training venues

Equality in 90 minutes

 
Employer Training Programme   Our next training sessions will run from January to June 2016:

•  FREE & can be credited to CPD
•  Full day, half day & 90 min sessions
•  45 training courses at six venues
•  Covering 15 areas of equality law
•  Register online or by phone

 


Training topics at a glance:

Promoting equality as a service provider - A guide for the public sector

PROMOTING EQUALITY AS A SERVICE PROVIDER
- A GUIDE FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR


This practical session is aimed at public authorities and will examine the practical steps that they need to take in order to promote equality of opportunity for all customers.  There will be a particular focus on the area of disability and the provisions of the DDA.

Session overview:
 

  • Equality legislation as it affects service provision with a particular emphasis on disability
  • Examining how the reasonable adjustment duty impacts on all aspects of service provision
  • Developing a customer service charter and action plan to improve how services are provided
  • Examining case law, settlements
  • Examining good practice examples
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

Info session: Helping SMEs to develop key equality and employment policies

INFORMATION SESSION: HELPING SMALL & MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES TO DEVELOP KEY EQUALITY AND EMPLOYMENT POLICIES - joint presentation with the Labour Relations Agency

This short information session for small to medium-sized employers aims to support them in developing key equality and employment policies in relation to equal opportunities, anti-harassment, grievance and disciplinary procedures.

Session overview:
It outlines the roles of the Equality Commission and Labour Relations Agency and to highlight support available to SMEs by:
 

  • Providing employers with the Commission's template policies in the areas noted above
  • Working with employers to develop their own policies in these areas
  • Referencing key publications including statutory codes of practice
  • Providing sources of further information.
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

 

Info Session: Promoting equality as a Service Provider - A Guide for the Retail Sector

INFORMATION SESSION: PROMOTING EQUALITY AS A SERVICE PROVIDER - A GUIDE FOR THE RETAIL SECTOR

This practical equality training session is aimed at managers in the retail sector. Providing an inclusive service for all your customers is crucial in a world where every customer counts.  This training will look at how your organization can take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination claims by adopting legislative and good practice principles in your business.

Session overview:

  • Examine how equality legislation applies to service providers in the retail sector
  • Identify how the reasonable adjustment duty applies to customer service policies and practices
  • Develop a customer service charter and action plan
  • Examine good practice examples, case decisions and settlements from Northern Ireland

 
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

Promoting equality as a service provider - a guide for the hospitality sector

PROMOTING EQUALITY AS A SERVICE PROVIDER
- A GUIDE FOR THE HOSPITALITY SECTOR


This practical equality training session is aimed at restaurants, pubs, clubs and other facilities in the hospitality sector and is open to managers in this sector.  Providing an inclusive service for all your customers is crucial in a world where every customer counts.  This training will look at how your organization can take reasonable steps to prevent discrimination claims by adopting legislative and good practice principles in your business.

Session overview:
 

  • Examine how equality legislation applies to service providers in the hospitality sector
  • Identify how the reasonable adjustment duty applies to customer service policies and practices
  • Develop a customer service charter and action plan
  • Examine good practice examples, case decisions and settlements from Northern Ireland
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed

 

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

 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Thurs 22 Sept 2016 - new date added! 
Thurs 10 Nov 2016 - new date added!
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Equality House, Belfast

 
 

Applying lessons from equality law decisions and settlements

APPLYING LESSONS FROM EQUALITY LAW DECISIONS AND SETTLEMENTS

This session builds on the 'Introduction to Understanding Equality' seminar and assumes a basic understanding of equality issues.

Session overview:
 

  • Relevant developments in legislation and case law
  • Practical implications for employers and service providers
  • Case studies and corresponding good practice recommendations
  • An update on ECNI decisions and settlements

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
* 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
 

Equality training for line managers

EQUALITY TRAINING FOR LINE MANAGERS

This session will focus on the key responsibilities of the line manager in relation to equality law and will identify key equality issues including the reasonable steps defence.

Session overview:
 

  • Key responsibilities of a line manager in relation to equality law
  • Key equality issues, including performance and absence management, fair recruitment, managing harassment, disability, vicarious liability and the reasonable steps defence.
  • Scenarios from ECNI decisions and settlements

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
       
 

Wed 4 May 2016  - new date added!
Tues 17 May 2016 - new date added!
Tues 14 June 2016 - fully booked*

10am - 3pm
10am - 3pm
10am - 3pm

Equality House, Belfast
Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
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
 

Social media and the workplace

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE
joint presentation with the Labour Relations Agency

This good practice seminar examines the employment relations and equality implications of the use of social media in the workplace and provides guidance on how the use of social media can be effectively managed.

Session overview:
 

  • What is social media?
  • Relevant legislation
  • Developing a social media policy
     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 

To be confirmed

To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

* 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 age equality: what can employers do?

PROMOTING AGE EQUALITY: WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO? 
 

This seminar aims to consider the equality implications of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations (NI) 2006 for employers and to discuss examples of best practice.

Session overview:
 

  • Scope of the legislation
  • Contractual retirement age
  • Case studies

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  No training planned No training planned No training planned
 

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 5 Oct 2016 - new date added! 10am-12noon Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Wed 7 Dec 2016 - new date added! 10am-12noon Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
       
       
 

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
  Wed 26 Sept 2016 - new date added! 10am - 3pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 4 Oct 2016 - new date added! 10am - 3pm 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

 

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
  Fri 17 June 2016 - new date added! 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 21 Sept 2016 - new date added! 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 20 Oct 2016 - new date added! 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 9 Nov 2016 - new date added! 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Tues 13 Dec 2016 - new date added! 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.

 

Managing bullying and harassment at work

MANAGING BULLYING & HARASSMENT AT WORK - Full days sessions are jointly presented with the Labour Relations Agency

This session examines bullying and harassment and highlights the differences between the two behaviours. It seeks to place both issues in their legal context and to show how, when incidents of bullying or harassment arise, they can be dealt with effectively.  it will also cover the main issues which need to be addressed when conducting a workplace investigation.

Session overview:
 

  • Definitions of bullying and harassment
  • Types of bullying and harassment
  • Nature and consequences of bullying and harassment
  • Dealing with incidents of bullying and harassment
  • Legal context

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Thurs 29 Sept 2016 - new date added! 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 12 Oct 2016 - new date added! 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
       
       

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 Equality: An Introduction to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

PROMOTING EQUALITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (DDA) 1995

This session provides employers and service providers with an understanding of the key provisions of the Disability discrimination Act 1995.  It will help them to identify examples of discrimination and provides guidance on how to make reasonable adjustments in the workplace and in relation to the provision of services.  However, its main focus will be on the reasonable adjustment duty as it applies to recruitment and work practices.  This session is aimed at those with little or no prior knowledge of disability legislation.

Session overview:
 

  • Definition of disability - case law examples
  • Main concepts of discrimination
  • Mainstreaming disability into equality policies

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       

 

 

Promoting disability equality in the workplace

PROMOTING DISABILITY EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

The purpose of this session is to look at the management of disability in the workplace. This is a more in-depth examination of the most important element of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA); namely the reasonable adjustment duty that it imposes on employers with a particular emphasis on the 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 DDA, including the definition of disability and other types of disability discrimination.

Session overview:
 

  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Promoting equality of opportunity for disabled applicants and employees
  • Case studies from ECNI decisions and settlements

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       

 

 

Promoting sex equality in the workplace

PROMOTING SEX EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

This session aims to provide an overview of key sex equality issues in the workplace including pregnancy and maternity, flexible working, sexual harassment and equal pay within the context of the sex equality legislation.

Session overview:
 

  • Scope of the legislation
  • Types of discrimination under SDO
  • Managing pregnancy and maternity
  • Managing flexible working
  • Dealing effectively with sexual harassment
  • Addressing equal pay issues
     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  No training planned No training planned No training planned
       
 

Flexible working: a guide for employers

FLEXIBLE WORKING: A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS
joint presentation with the Labour Relations Agency

This session will aims to provide an overview of employment and equality law in relation to flexible working and family-related leave and pay.  It will also outline good practice initiatives adopted by employers across Northern Ireland.

Session overview:
 

  • Legislative framework - leave and pay
  • Flexible working - right to request
  • Issues of discrimination
  • Best practice examples
     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed  
     

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
 

Introduction to the public sector Section 75 and disability duties

INTRODUCTION TO THE PUBLIC SECTOR SECTION 75 AND DISABILITY DUTIES

This seminar will give you a broad understanding of the Public Sector Section 75 and Section 49A (Disability) duties.


Session overview:
 

  • examine the basic requirements of the duties
  • discuss the relationship between the duties and anti-discrimination law
  • learn about the legal principles that underpin them

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

Info Session: Managing harassment in the workplace

INFORMATION SESSION: MANAGING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT


This short information session aims to give employers a brief overview of the Commission's general good practice recommendations in relation to managing workplace harassment.

Session overview:
It outlines the Equality Commission's role and highlights support available to employers by:

• providing a brief overview of the legal context including the definition of harassment
• looking briefly at the nature and consequences of workplace harassment as well as the reasonable steps defence for employers
• referencing key publications
• providing sources of further information and advice
 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

Info Session: Promoting Equality - Introduction to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

INFORMATION SESSION: PROMOTING EQUALITY - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (DDA) 1995

This short session aims to give employers a brief overview of the key provisions of the Disability discrimination Act 1995. This session is aimed at those with little or no prior knowledge of disability legislation.

Session overview:
It outlines the Equality Commission's role and highlights support available to employers. The session will briefly examine the following:
 

  • definition of disability
  • the reasonable adjustment duty
  • key publications including the Disability Code of Practice
  • sources of further information and advice

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       
 

Info Session: Recruiting Fairly

INFORMATION SESSION: RECRUITING FAIRLY 

This short session aims to give employers a brief overview of the Equality Commission's general good practice recommendations in relation to recruitment and selection. It also outlines the role of the Commission and highlights support available to employers.

Session overview:

  • Brief overview of recruitment and selection and the law
  • Practical application of the Commission's good practice recommendations and recruitment and selection
  • Key publications and sources of further information

 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       
       

* 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
 

Conference: Promoting Equality for Migrant Workers in Employment

PROMOTING EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR MIGRANT WORKERS IN EMPLOYMENT
 

This conference will inform public and private sector employers on how to promote equality for migrant workers in employment in their organisations.


Conference overview:

  • The problems faced by migrant workers in employment in NI
  • Case studies and good practice recommendations
  • Proactive advice and support for employers
  • See full programme for further details
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Tue 21 June 2016 10am - 1pm (followed by lunch) Malone House, Belfast

 
 



QUESTIONS?
Please contact Michael McKeown 028 90 500 560 or email edtraining@equalityni.org


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Employers & service providers
 
 

The Equality Commission currently offers training sessions in Belfast, Craigavon 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

All Belfast training sessions take place at our offices: Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast (map)
EXCEPT Conference on Employing Migrant Workers at Malone House, Belfast on 21 June:
 

  • How to complete an Article 55 review - Fri 17 June; 9:30am-1pm; new dates added: Fri 17 June 2016; Wed 21 Sept 2016; Thurs 20 Oct 2016; Wed 9 Nov 2016; Tues 13 Dec 2016 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
 

Craigavon training

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


* 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 L/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
 
 


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


Subscribe to our free training newsletter 


< Employers & service providers
 

These training seminars are aimed generally at private sector employers. They provide advice and guidance on employers’ duties under the current equality laws and on introducing best practice. We are flexible in terms of themes covered and can tailor courses to suit employers’ business needs.
 
Attendance at the Commission’s Employer Training Sessions can be used by learners as credit in respect of their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). All training sessions are based on a key learning aim and associated objectives and focus on specific equality themes.
 
All seminars are FREE OF CHARGE and are either half day or full day sessions. Choose your course and book your place.




Equality in 90 minutes

These 90 minute sessions are designed to give employers and service providers the essential information you require to address specific equality issues in a short format.
 
If you want an interactive session with legal case studies, check out the half and full day sessions which will give you more detail.

 

 

Info Session: Managing harassment in the workplace

INFORMATION SESSION: MANAGING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT


This short information session aims to give employers a brief overview of the Commission's general good practice recommendations in relation to managing workplace harassment.

Session overview:
It outlines the Equality Commission's role and highlights support available to employers by:

• providing a brief overview of the legal context including the definition of harassment
• looking briefly at the nature and consequences of workplace harassment as well as the reasonable steps defence for employers
• referencing key publications
• providing sources of further information and advice
 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
 

Info Session: Promoting Equality - Introduction to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

INFORMATION SESSION: PROMOTING EQUALITY - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (DDA) 1995

This short session aims to give employers a brief overview of the key provisions of the Disability discrimination Act 1995. This session is aimed at those with little or no prior knowledge of disability legislation.

Session overview:
It outlines the Equality Commission's role and highlights support available to employers. The session will briefly examine the following:
 

  • definition of disability
  • the reasonable adjustment duty
  • key publications including the Disability Code of Practice
  • sources of further information and advice

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       
 

Info Session: Recruiting Fairly

INFORMATION SESSION: RECRUITING FAIRLY 

This short session aims to give employers a brief overview of the Equality Commission's general good practice recommendations in relation to recruitment and selection. It also outlines the role of the Commission and highlights support available to employers.

Session overview:

  • Brief overview of recruitment and selection and the law
  • Practical application of the Commission's good practice recommendations and recruitment and selection
  • Key publications and sources of further information

 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  To be confirmed To be confirmed To be confirmed
       
       
 
 


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


Subscribe to our free training newsletter 


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