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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 2016 - February 2017:

•  FREE & can be credited to CPD
•  Convenient half day sessions
•  Training courses at four venues
•  Register online or by phone

 


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

 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Thurs 22 Sept 2016 - new date added!
Thurs 10 Nov 2016 - fully booked 
Wed 18 Jan 2017 - new date added!
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Equality House, Belfast

Malone House, Belfast

 

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
  Thurs 26 Jan 2017  - new date added! 10am - 12noon 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
  Wed 14 Sept 2016 - fully booked 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 4 Oct 2016 - fully booked 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 10 Nov 2016 - new date added!
Tues 13 Dec 2016 - new date added!
Wed 11 Jan 2017 - new date added!
Thurs 16 Feb 2017 - new date added!
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Malone House, Belfast
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

 

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 19 Oct 2016 - fully booked 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
 

Thurs 17 Nov 2016 - new date added!
Thurs 19 Jan 2017 -
new date added!
Thurs 23 Feb 2017 - new date added!

10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm

Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
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
 

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
       
  Wed 21 Sept 2016 - fully booked 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

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 - fully booked 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 12 Oct 2016 - new date added!
Thurs 24 Nov 2016 - new date added!
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Malone House, Belfast
  Thurs 15 Dec 2016 - new date added! 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Wed 11 Jan 2017 - new date added!
Wed 15 Feb 2017 - new date added!
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
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

 

An Introduction to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995

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
  Tues 25 Oct 2016 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Tues 15 Nov 2016 10am - 1pm 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 Equality House, 7-9 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast (map) or at Malone House, Belfast (map) - click links below for full details:
 

- Thurs 29 Sept, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 24 Nov, 10am-1pm
- Thurs 15 Dec 2016, 10am-1pm
- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 21 Sept 2016, 9:30am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 20 Oct 2016, 9:30am-1pm
- Wed 9 Nov 2016, 9:30am-1pm
- Tues 13 Dec 2016, 9:30am-1pm
 
- 4 Oct 2016, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 10 Nov 2016, 10am-1pm
- Tues 13 Dec, 10am-1pm
- Thurs 16 Feb, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 19 Oct, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 19 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm
- Thurs 23 Feb 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Tues 25 Oct, 10am-1pm
- Tues 15 Nov 2016, 10am-1pm
 
- Thurs 10 Nov 2016, 10am-1pm - (fully booked)*
- Wed 18 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Thurs 26 Jan 2017, 10am-12noon

* 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:
 

- Wed 14 Sept 2016, 10am-1pm (fully booked)
- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Thurs 22 Sept 2016, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 5 Oct 2016; 10am-12noon
 
- Wed 12 Oct 2016, 10am-1pm
- Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Thurs 17 Nov 2016, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10am-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 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


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