We are pressing for reform of the law to require employers to monitor
their workforces by race and ethnicity as well as community background.
The new Equal Pay Code
which came into effect on 22nd July 2013, gives employers practical guidance on how to promote equality of opportunity and avoid sex discrimination in pay structures.
We work with the Local Government Staff Commission (LGSC) to ensure that equality and diversity are encouraged in the local government workforce. In Spring 2013 we supported the LGSC to bring together examples of good practice initiatives and sharing of ideas. See our press release: Local government drive for diversity and inclusion (pdf, 2013)
A survey of NI employers showed an all-time high in awareness of anti-discrimination laws, with 99% knowing about laws in relation to age, religion and politics; 98% about disability and race and 94% about sexual orientation. Levels of satisfaction with Commission services remained at their 2007 level of 86%.
What is ‘employability’? Employability is the ability to find, get and keep satisfactory work. Our work on employability focuses on the groups of people protected by equality law, such as disabled people, people with mental health issues and women.
Our Advice and Compliance staff work with employers and voluntary and community groups to encourage employability initiatives for marginalized people who may find it hard to get into work, for example, disabled people, people with mental health issues or, in certain sectors, women.
For everything you need to know to start encouraging a more diverse and representative workforce. Call us on 028 90 500 600 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
for one to one support from our team.
Dealing with staffing issues like recruitment, maternity, flexible working and redundancy are key challenges for small business, and we have put all our useful tools to help smaller businesses find information and support on the equality aspects of those issues online
The Integrated Equality Plan provides employers with a practical and manageable framework for coordinating all aspects of equality work undertaken within their organisations.
Perfect your equality practice with best practice guides and codes of practice. All the guidance documents for employers are available online