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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Our next training sessions will run from March - June 2018:

•  FREE & can be credited to CIPD
•  Convenient short sessions
•  Register online now (select topic, click 'book now')


 


Training topics:

Introduction to understanding equality in the workplace

INTRODUCTION TO UNDERSTANDING EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE


Basic – for beginners in employment equality
This seminar is designed to give employers 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

Book now
 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Wed 11 April 2018
Wed 2 May 2018
Wed 6 June 2018
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
*You can request 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 - fully booked

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 18 Apr 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 10 May 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Tues 5 June 2018
Tues 12 June 2018
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

Managing workplace harassment

MANAGING WORKPLACE HARASSMENT

This session examines the types of behaviour that is likely to constitute harassment and the impact of these behaviours in the workplace. It highlights the legal position in relation to harassment, and touches briefly on the key differences between workplace harassment and bullying. The session also looks at issues of liability - both organisational and individual, and at the reasonable steps defence in relation to harassment complaints.

Session overview:
 

  • Definitions
  • Types of harassment
  • Nature and consequences of workplace harassment
  • Legal context

 

 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Wed 21 Feb 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 7 Mar 2018 10am - 1pm Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
  Tues 24 Apr 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Tues 22 May 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast

*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

Pregnancy and maternity at work - fully booked

PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY AT WORK


This session will be co-delivered by the Equality Commission and the Labour Relations Agency. It will focus on informing employers of their responsibilities in relation to equality and employment law related issues regarding pregnancy and maternity.

It has been designed to provide employers with the key advice they need to ensure they are complying with their legal responsibilities following a recent investigation into pregnancy and maternity conducted by the Commission.

Session overview:
 

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

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Mon 26 Mar 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
*You can request 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 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
 To be confirmed TBC TBC

*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

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
       
  Tues 27 Feb 2018 10am-12noon Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 17 May 2018 10am-12noon Equality House, Belfast
       

*You can request 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
  Thurs 8 Mar 2018 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Tues 10 April 2018 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 9 May 2018 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
  Wed 20 June - fully booked 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
       

*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand

 

Promoting disability equality 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
  Wed 14 Mar 2018 10am - 1pm ECNI Equality House, Belfast
  Thurs 19 Apr 2018 
Thurs 7 June 2018
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
ECNI Equality House, Belfast
ECNI Equality House, Belfast

*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 

Disability awareness training

DISABILITY AWARENESS TRAINING

These sessions will provide awareness of disability equality legislation and help address the support needs of disabled customers, clients and colleagues.

Session overview:
 

  • Barriers faced by disabled people
  • Dispelling the myths around disability
  • Understanding language and behaviour surrounding disability
  • Good practice strategies

 
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Thurs 31 May 2018 (for public sector) 10am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
       
 

Public Sector: Section 49 of the Disability Discrimination Act and Disability Action Plans

SECTION 49 OF THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT (DDA) AND DISABILITY ACTION PLANS (for Public Authorities)

This session is directed at public authorities who are subject to the Disability Duties.

The purpose of this session is to explain the legislation underpinning the duties and advise public authorities of their legal responsibilities.

Session overview:
 

  • Section 49a and 49b of the DDA
  • How to develop a Disability Action Plan (DAP)
  • Examining good practice
  • Summary of Commission guidance (pdf, 369kb)

 

 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Tues 8 May 2018 10am - 12:30pm Equality House, Belfast
       

 

 

Public Sector: Section 75 Duties - A focus on screening

PUBLIC SECTOR: SECTION 75 DUTIES
- A FOCUS ON SCREENING


This session is aimed at those who already have a basic knowledge and understanding of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and its key concepts. To gain a basic understanding of Section 75, we recommend that you attend our ‘Introduction to Section 75’ course.

This session will explain how screening should be conducted, using practical examples of real policies.

Session overview:
 
  • Why Screen-link to equality scheme commitments?
  • When, how and by whom should screening be undertaken?
  • Screening and equality impact assessment
  • Challenging the myths around screening
  • Good Practice Screening
  • Summary of our S75 advice on screening and EQIA's (pdf, 409kb)

     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Thurs 22 Mar 2018
Thurs 3 May 2018
Tues 25 Sept 2018 -
new date added
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
10am - 1pm
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
*You can request 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 - fully booked

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 9 May 2018 10:30am-12noon Equality House, Belfast
  Fri 22 June 2018 - fully booked 10:30am-12noon Equality House, Belfast
       
       
       
 

Cancer and the Disability Discrimination Act - fully booked

CANCER AND THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT 1995
 

This session is co-delivered with MacMillan at Work and will look at how employers should support employees affected by cancer in the workplace with particular emphasis on the DDA and the reasonable adjustment duty.


Session overview:
 

  • The Disability Discrimination Act
  • The Reasonable Adjustment Duty
  • Case studies from legal decisions and settlements
  • Work and cancer - issues and support
     
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Tue 19 June 2018 - fully booked* 9:30am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
 

Public Sector: An introduction to the Section 75 duties - NEW

PUBLIC SECTOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SECTION 75 DUTIES
 

The session is aimed at those employed by public authorities who are new to Section 75 and have little or no knowledge of the subject.
 
Session overview:
 
  • The legal basis of Section 75
  • What are public authorities required to do under Section 75?
  • What is an equality scheme?
  • What should an equality scheme contain?
  • What is screening and equality impact assessments?
  • The role of consultation and monitoring in Section 75
  • The link between Section 75 and other equality legislation in NI
   
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
  Fri 18 May 2018 10am - 1pm Equality House, Belfast
 

Gender pay reporting and equal pay - NEW

GENDER PAY REPORTING AND EQUAL PAY


On 6th April 2017, Gender Pay Reporting was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales for employers with 250 staff or more. The Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 will extend the concept of Gender Pay Reporting to Northern Ireland, and it is planned that the NI legislation will extend to ethnicity and disability.

Although it is currently unclear when the Gender Pay Reporting provisions will be introduced here, the Equality Commission is committed to helping employers in Northern Ireland prepare for the introduction of this provision through this information session.

Who should attend?
This session is intended for employers in the public and private sectors.

Session overview:

 

  • Brief overview of current Equal Pay legislation in Northern Ireland
  • Brief overview of how to promote good practice in relation to Equal Pay
  • Examination of Gender Pay Reporting experience in GB
  • Overview of current Pay Reporting provision contained in the Employment Act (Northern Ireland) 2016
  • Practical action employers can consider taking in anticipation of the proposed legislation
     
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 Fri 15 June 2018 - fully booked
Tues 18 Sept 2018 - new date added
10am - 12:30pm
10am - 12:30pm
Equality House, Belfast
Equality House, Belfast
*You can request to be on our reserve list. We will notify you of any cancellations and can run additional sessions if there is sufficient demand
 
 



QUESTIONS?
Please contact Frances on 028 90 500 650 or email edtraining@equalityni.org

 

 
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