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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

Training venues

 
Employer Training Programme   Our next training sessions will run from January - June 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
 Wed 18 Jan 2017 - fully booked*
Thurs 20 April 2017 - new date added
Tues 13 June 2017 - new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Equality 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
 

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
  Thurs 19 Jan 2017 - fully booked 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
 

Thurs 23 Feb 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
 

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 11 Jan 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Thurs 16 Feb 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Tues 7 Mar 2017 - new date added
Thurs 6 Apr 2017 - new date added
Tues 2 May 2017 - new date added
Tues 6 June 2017 - new date added

 
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Equality House, Belfast
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Equality House, Belfast
Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
* 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 11 Jan 2017 - new date added 10am - 1pm Malone House, Belfast
  Wed 15 Feb 2017 - fully booked* 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 14 Mar 2017 - new date added
Thurs 13 Apr 2017 - new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Waterfoot Hotel, L/Derry
  Tues 9 May 2017 - new date added
Thurs 8 June 2017 - new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
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

 

Line Managers: Focus on pregnancy, maternity and flexible working

LINE MANAGERS: FOCUS ON PREGNANCY, MATERNITY AND FLEXIBLE WORKING


This session will focus on the responsibilities of line managers in relation to equality related issues regarding pregnancy and maternity leave and dealing with flexible working requests.

Session overview:
 

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

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Wed 12 April 2017 - new date added
Tues 20 June 2017 - new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Malone House, Belfast
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
 

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 28 Mar 2017 - new date added
Tues 23 May 2017 - new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Equality House, Belfast
 

Promoting disability 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
  Tues 21 Mar 2017 - new date added 10am - 1pm 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
  Thurs 26 Jan 2017 fully booked* 10am-12noon Malone House, Belfast
  Tues 16 May 2017 - new date added 10am-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
 

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 18 Jan 2017 - fully booked* 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 16 Feb 2017 - fully booked* 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 15 Mar 2017 - new date added 9:30am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Wed 12 Apr 2017 - new date added 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 17 May 2017 - new date added
Wed 14 June 2017 - new date added
9:30am - 1pm
9:30am - 1pm
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
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

 

Monitoring workshops

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 11 Jan 2017 - fully booked 10:30am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 9 Feb 2017 - fully booked 10:30am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 15 Mar 2017 - fully booked 10:30am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 27 Apr 2017 - fully booked 10:30am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 11 May 2017 - fully booked
Thurs 8 June 2017 - fully booked
10:30am - 12:30pm
10:30am - 12:30pm
Equality House, Belfast
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
 
 

Events
- 7 February 2017 - Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
 

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:
 

- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
- Tues 9 May 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
- Thurs 8 June 2017, 10am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
 
- Wed 12 April 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
 
- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 9 Feb 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
- Wed 15 Mar 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 27 Apr 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 11 May 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 8 June 2017, 10:30am-12:30pm (fully booked*)
#Workshops are limited to 6 places, book now to avoid disappointment
 
- Wed 18 Jan 2017, 9:30am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 9:30am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Wed 12 Apr 2017, 9:30am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
- Wed 14 June 2017, 9:30am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast

 
- Tues 21 March 2017, 10am-1pm at Malone House, Belfast
 
- Tues 23 May 2017, 10am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
 
- Thurs 16 Feb 2017, 10am-1pm (fully booked)
- Tues 7 Mar 2017, 10am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
- Tues 2 May 2017, 10am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
 
- Thurs 19 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
- Thurs 23 Feb 2017, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
 
- Wed 18 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm (fully booked)*
- Thurs 20 Apr 2017, 10am-1pm at Equality House, Belfast
 
- Thurs 26 Jan 2017, 10am-12noon
- Tues 16 May 2017, 10am-1pm at 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
 

Craigavon training

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

- Wed 11 Jan 2017, 10am-1pm (fully booked)
 
- Tues 13 June 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Wed 5 Oct 2016; 10am-12noon
 
- Wed 15 Feb 2017, 10am-1pm
- Tues 14 Mar 2017, 10am-1pm
 
- Thurs 17 Nov 2016, 10am-1pm (fully booked*)
 
- Wed 15 March 2017, 10am-1pm
- Wed 17 May 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 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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