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Want to stay on the right side of the law? We support businesses and public authorities and help them to promote good practice.
 
 
Here to help

Employers and service providers have duties and obligations under equality laws.
To be an equal opportunities employer you must not discriminate unlawfully against or harass anyone on the grounds of:

 

  • sex
  • pregnancy or maternity
  • gender reassignment
  • married or civil partnership
  • religious or similar philosophical 
  • belief
  • political opinion
  • race
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • age

 

SERVICE PROVIDERS are required to make their services accessible to everyone.


We provide practical advice on how you can manage the equality implications of employing and managing staff and providing services to the public. For further details contact us: email: edenquiries@equalityni.org or Tel: 028 90 890 888

 
Training

Employer Training Programme
With our employer training programme currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, we are now be providing a number of training sessions as online webinars. These will focus on a number of important equality issues for employers and will expand to cover additional topics over the coming months.

Further details are available online: www.equalityni.org/training

 
Every Customer Counts
We have developed the “Every Customer Counts" initiative which supports and encourages businesses to look at how accessible their premises and services are for someone with a disability.

We know that no sensible business person sets out to drive customers away - but if your business is inaccessible to people with disabilities, that is just what you are doing. 20% of people in NI have a disability and 75% of disabled people state that they have walked away from a potential purchase because of access problems. This is a significant loss of income for businesses given that approximately 40% of households in Northern Ireland contain at least 1 disabled person.
 
 
 
 

Employer Guidance

- Equal Opportunities
Model policies (Word doc templates)
- Pregnancy and maternity at work
- The right to request Flexible Working
- Dress codes at work
- Gender pay reporting
- GDPR advice note


'Equality at work' - Blogs and podcasts

Mental Health Charter - Sign up now

STEM Charter - Sign up now

Every Customer Counts - accessible services

Advisory Services Team
For free confidential advice
Tel: 028 90 890 888

New Online Webinars

With our employer training programme currently suspended due to the ongoing pandemic, we are now providing a number of training sessions as online webinars


Recruiting People With Disabilities

We have produced new guidance on recruiting people with disabilities. This includes useful information about the reasonable adjustment duty, good practice and taking positive action. Read our guidance

Employer News

Annual Monitoring Return

re: COVID-19/Coronavirus
We appreciate employers may require additional time to collate and submit the annual monitoring return. We understand this and would ask that the monitoring return is submitted when it is practicable to do so. Given current disruptions, we are encouraging online submissions

Covid-19/Coronavirus advice notes: