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News and events for employers and service providers


Responding to Covid-19: Support and guidance for employers, service providers and public authorities


Responding to the Covid 19 PandemicThe Equality Commission is continuing to provide practical advice for employers and service providers on how they can manage their equality obligations under equality and discrimination law during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 


For further advice contact the Equality Commission’s helpline on 028 90 500 600 and ask for our Advisory Services Team, or email edenquiries@equalityni.org


New Guidance: Recruiting People with Disabilities


Disabled workerWe have produced new guidance on recruiting people with disabilities. As an employer, you should follow fair recruitment and selection procedures as outlined in the Recruitment, selection and promotion section of our website.

In addition to following those general procedures, you should also be aware of other important matters that you either must do, or should consider doing, when recruiting people with disabilities. These are: your need to comply with the reasonable adjustment duty, some additional good practice steps you should take and the opportunities for taking positive action that are open to you.

Supporting employees affected by cancer

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (as amended) states that people who are diagnosed with cancer are deemed to be disabled from the point of diagnosis rather than from the point when the condition has some adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Good practice stepsUnder the law, employees with cancer cannot be treated less favourably than other staff - this could be deemed discrimination. This includes during recruitment processes, employee terms and conditions, benefits, and opportunities for promotion and training.

We have produced a short guide in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support to assist employers in supporting employees affected by cancer.
 


Further information for employers:
 
 

Guidance for employers on pregnancy and maternity at work

Expecting Equality - Formal InvestigationThe Equality Commission conducted a investigation into the employment experiences of pregnant women and mothers, on maternity leave and on their return to work. Almost 1,000 women across Northern Ireland responded to our online survey sharing their experiences through focus group discussions and interviews.

Following the investigation the Commission produced new guidance for employers on pregnancy and maternity in the workplace. The guidance can also be downloaded as a pdf publication:
 
 

Every Customer Counts: promoting accessible services - Sign up now

Every customer counts logoAll businesses and public authorities have a legal duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that disabled people can access their services.

Signing up to the 'Every Customer Counts' initiative allows service providers to work through a 4 step process designed to help them meet this requirement:
 

Step 1 - Develop a Service Provision Policy
 

Step 2 - Conduct an Audit of Services
 

Step 3 - Agree an Accessible Business Action Plan

You can also sign up to the Every Customer Counts Commitment
 


Helpful resources are available in the form of a self audit tool, an action plan template, good practice guides, and template customer service statement and policy template.  Read more about Every Customer Counts>

 

Mental Health Charter

Mental Health Charter logoThe Equality Commission has launched a Mental Health Charter which provides a framework for working towards mentally healthy workplaces.

The Charter, jointly produced by the Equality Commission, Action Mental Health, Disability Action, MindWise, Mental Health Foundation and Niamh, provides a framework for working towards mentally healthy workplaces. Those who sign up to the Charter will undertake to promote good mental health which will be beneficial to their business, employees and the whole community in Northern Ireland.


The Equality Commission can provide those who sign up with free information and training resources to help them meet their Charter commitments.
 

 

Improving the gender balance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

STEM Charter for Business logoThe Equality Commission is working to address gender imbalance in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) businesses in Northern Ireland.

If you are a STEM business (employer or training provider) or offer STEM jobs and would like to demonstrate your commitment to gender equality, you can sign up to our charter and join our network.  Read more about the STEM Charter>
 

Employment equality law update

Employment Equality Law UpdateThe Equality Commission produced a joint newsletter with the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) to help keep businesses in Northern Ireland up-to-date with employment and equality law.

In this edition:

This edition covers:
 
It also includes 'employment law hot topics':
 

Download as a pdf publication: Employment equality law update - April 2016 (pdf, 2.46mb)
 

Follow us on Linked In

LinkedIn logoThe Equality Commission is now on the professional social networking site Linked in. The Commission's Advisory Services Team will be posting helpful tips and advice for employers and service providers along with information about upcoming events and training sessions.

Don't miss out, follow us now!
 
 
 
Videos
View some examples of how other organisations have made equality work for them.

Pregnancy and maternity at work

Guidance for employers: www.equalityni.org/PregnancyMaternity
Pregnancy/Maternity rights at work: www.equalityni.org/PregnancyMaternityRights
 

 

Providing accessible services for customer with disabilities

Every Customer Counts: promoting accessible services
Further information about the Commission's 'Every Customer Counts' initiative is available online:
 www.equalityni.org/EveryCustomerCounts

See how local companies have made their services accessible, meeting the needs of their disabled customers and boosting their business.
 

 

Disability Etiquette - getting customer service right

Good customer service and a common sense approach can often make all the difference for your disabled customers. Read more about Getting Customer Service Right 

The videos below provide tips on etiquette when serving people with a range of disabilities.


 
 

Public Authorities - statutory duties

Further information on these topics is available on the Public Authorities section of our website: www.equalityni.org/PublicAuthorities
 

 

Podcasts

Audio Podcasts

 
  • Managing bullying and harassment at work - YouTube (audio) or download MP3 file (13.3mb)
 
  • The reasonable steps defence - YouTube (audio) or download MP3 file (7.3mb)
   
  • Equality laws relating to employment in NI - YouTube (audio) or download MP3 file (6.1mb)
   
  • Equality Commission's advisory services for employers and service providers - YouTube (audio) or download MP3 file (5.1mb)
 
 

 
Equality at work
 
The Chief Commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland has a 'view from the chair' article published every month in the business section of The News Letter newspaper. These articles cover a range of equality related issues within a business context. 

2020 articles
 

2019 articles

 

2018 articles

 

2017 articles

 

2016 articles

 

2015 articles

 
 

 

ETP logoThe Equality Commission's Advisory Services Team is running a number of training sessions for employers and service providers. These sessions commence in September and will cover some of the most common enquiries received by the Commission each year, and will help keep employers on the right side of the law.

***ALL TRAINING HAS BEEN POSTPONED***

Equality training topics will include:
 

  • Introduction to understanding equality in the workplace
  • Recruiting fairly
  • Managing prejudice and harassment at work - promoting an inclusive workplace
  • Promoting employment for disabled people
  • The disability reasonable adjustment duty in the recruitment and selection process
  • Managing diabled employees with mental ill health - The DDA
  • Promoting sex equality in the workplace
  • Flexible working and work-life balance
  • How to complete an Article 55 Review


 


If you have any questions about the training, email edtraining@equalityni.org or Tel: 028 90 500 650.

 



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