Fair Employment Law Reform
The Equality Act 2010 has simplified and harmonised equality legislation in Great Britain and we are calling for the NI Assembly to make urgent changes to current equality legislation.
Extend workforce monitoring to include grounds of nationality and ethnic origin
Read our recommendations to changes to the Fair Employment and Treatment (NI) Order 1998:
We recommend the extension of workforce monitoring, under the fair employment legislation, to include grounds of nationality and ethnic origin. Our Statement on Key Inequalities in Northern Ireland (pdf, 2007) acknowledged that migration has resulted in a major change to the composition of the workforce of Northern Ireland.
Remove the exception of recruitment of teachers on the ground of religious belief
We believe that workforce monitoring should play a major part in establishing patterns of employment across sectors and assist employers in assessing the impact of their employment practices and procedures on particular ethnic minority groups in the workplace.
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Remove the exception of recruitment of teachers in secondary level schools on the ground of religious belief. Currently schools can lawfully discriminate in the initial recruitment, appointment and promotion of teachers. We believe that all teachers should have the same protection in the recruitment process as other workers.
We are also seeking early consideration to the removal of the recruitment exemption for teachers at primary level schools.