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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Employer training sessions for April - July 2022

•  New webinars now available 
•  Convenient online sessions
•  FREE & can be credited to CPD


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Online Webinars

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.

Paul Oakes, Manager of the Equality Commission's Advisory Services Team said, "We are looking forward to delivering these new webinars which are aimed at both the private and public sectors. Equality considerations apply to employers of all sizes and it's important that they know their responsibilities and rights, to safeguard their business, staff and customers by complying with the law."


Please note: These webinars are based on Northern Ireland equality law and are therefore of relevance, primarily, to employers and service-providers who employ staff in Northern Ireland or who provide services there.

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 particular requirements of Northern Ireland's fair employment legislation.

Webinar overview:

 

  • The role and function of the Equality Commission
  • Introduction to anti-discrimination legislation in NI
  • Definitions of discrimination
  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Fair Employment Treatment Order (FETO)
  • Good practice

Please note: We recommend this course first if you are new to equality. It provides an overview of anti-discrimination law which is beneficial before you undertake other sessions. 
 
  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
  To be confirmed... Online Webinar  
       
*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

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
  • Developing an effective policy and procedure
  • Avoiding common mistakes
  • Practical examination of key aspects of the recruitment and selection process (including job documentation and reasonable adjustments)
  • Case law
  • Good practice
 
  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
  To be confired... Online Webinar  
       
*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 flexible working in a post pandemic context

MANAGING FLEXIBLE WORKING IN A POST PANDEMIC CONTEXT

This webinar will examine the practice of flexible working in Northern Ireland and the challenges to ensure equality of opportunity with new working practices such as hybrid working and increasing requests for flexible working from employees.

Webinar overview:

 

  • What is meant by flexible working (hybrid working is one example).
  • Business benefits of adopting flexible working to attract talent from under- represented groups.
  • Flexible working and its relationship with employment and equality law.
  • Promoting good practice.
  Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
  To be confirmed... Online Webinar  
       

*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 harassment and bullying at work

MANAGING HARASSMENT AND BULLYING AT WORK - PROMOTING AN INCLUSIVE WORKPLACE
- Delivered by the Equality Commission NI and Labour Relations Agency

Harassment and bullying at work continue to be an unpleasant fact of life for many employees. Employers can work to change this by putting in place policies and procedures to create and help sustain inclusive workplaces. The Equality Commission and Labour Relations Agency have produced guidance (pdf) that outlines some steps that you can take to help build an inclusive workplace.

This webinar will examine the types of behaviour that can constitute harassment and bullying and the impact of these behaviours in the workplace. It will highlight the legal position in relation to harassment and bullying as well as issues liability, and what actions employers can take to promote diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Webinar overview:

 

  • Types of harassment
  • Bullying and harassment behaviours
  • Differences between bullying and harassment
  • Legal context
  • Nature and consequences of workplace bullying and harassment
  • Developing effective policies and procedures
  • Building an inclusive workplace
  • Equality Commission workplace research

 



 
Law and best practice
Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
  To be confirmed... Online Webinar  
       

*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 age equality: what can employers do?

PROMOTING AGE EQUALITY: WHAT CAN EMPLOYERS DO? 
 

This seminar is designed to give employers an awareness of age discrimination in the workplace and explores some of the key issues in relation to recruiting and retaining employees.

Webinar overview:
 

  • Scope of the legislation
  • Types of Discrimination
  • Objective Justification
  • Recruitment
  • Benefits based on length of service
  • Retirement
  • Redundancy
  • Good practice recommendations
     

 

 
 
  DATE TIME REGISTER
  Fri 17 June, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
       
 

Promoting equality in employment for people with disabilities

PROMOTING EQUALITY IN EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

This webinar will examine how employers can promote equality and employment for disabled people with an emphasis on the reasonable adjustment duty.

Webinar overview:
 

  • Barriers to recruitment and retention of those with disabilities
  • Effective strategies to reduce and minimise these barriers
  • Types of discrimination
  • The reasonable adjustment duty
  • Reasonable adjustment examples
  • Positive action
     
  Law and best pratice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Mon 20 June, 11am - 12noon
 
Online Webinar
 
BOOK NOW
 
*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
 

The disability reasonable adjustment duty - a practical approach for employers

THE DISABILITY REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT DUTY -  A PRACTICAL APPROACH FOR EMPLOYERS
 

This webinar is designed to set out a practical approach to complying with your obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, specifically the duty on employers to make reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees with disabilities.


Webinar Overview

 

  • Understand the practical implications of the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) and the reasonable adjustment duty in the context of employment
  • Have increased awareness of relevant case law in relation to reasonable adjustments, and the key learnings for employers
  • Understand the step-by-step approach to making reasonable adjustments, as outlined in this webinar, and be able to apply it in practice

 

 

  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION               REGISTER          
  To be confirmed... Online webinar  
       
*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
 

The disability reasonable adjustment duty in the recruitment and selection process

THE DISABILITY REASONABLE ADJUSTMENT DUTY IN THE RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION PROCESS
 

This webinar will examine 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 (DDA) 1995.


Webinar Overview

 

  • The requirements of the reasonable adjustment duty in the DDA
  • The importance of the duty to promoting equality in employment for disabled people
  • How to develop an action plan to facilitate compliance with the duty and promote good practice

 

 

  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
  Thur 16 June, 11am - 12 noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
       
*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
 

Race equality in the workplace

RACE EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE
- Delivered by Business in the Community and the Equality Commission NI

This online workshop is the first in a programme of four to support employers with promoting and embracing race equality and inclusivity in the workplace.

This session will provide employers with a better understanding of:
 

  • how to ensure equality in the recruitment and selection process
  • how to make recruitment and selection more inclusive
  • how to recognise unconscious bias and how it can impact the recruitment and selection process
  • awareness and benefits of embracing the Race at Work Charter


The session will be delivered by Stephany McConnell, Head of Wellbeing & Inclusion at Business in the Community, and Paul Oakes, Manager, Advisory Services Team, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

 

  Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 

Tackling race inequality in the workplace
Tues 11 Oct 2022, 10am - 11am

Taking action on race inequality in the workplace
Tues 6 Dec 2022, 10am - 11:30am

Race at work - what does success look like?
Tues 14 Mar 2023, 10am - 11:30am
 

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Fair employment monitoring workshops

MONITORING WORKSHOPS

These sessions 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 16 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
 

Law and best practice  
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Wed 20 July, 2pm - 3:45pm Online webinar BOOK NOW
  10 August, 9:30am - 11:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  7 Sept, 9:30am - 11:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  20 Sept, 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Tues 4 Oct, 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Wed 19 Oct, 9:30am - 11:45am
Wed 9 Nov, 9:30am to 11:45am
Tues 22 Nov, 1:30pm - 3:45pm
Wed 7 Dec, 9:30am - 11:45am
 
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*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
 

Article 55 Review - Key Aspects

ARTICLE 55 REVIEW - KEY ASPECTS

To provide support around completion of the three yearly, Article 55 Review, we are offering an overview of some key aspects of the review and the opportunity for you to ask questions relating to the review process.
 

Law and best practice  
 
 

It is intended that we will cover the analysis and evaluation of:

Session overview:

 

  • Fair Participation as an underpinning theme running throughout the review process
  • Identification of geographical catchment areas for your organisation and related comparator ranges. These are key to the assessment of fair participation and as benchmarking tools, help the analysis and evaluation of the following points
  • Workforce Composition
  • Workforce Flows
     

These aspects of the review are interlinked.
 
Our expectation is that you may be working towards completing an Article 55 Review for your organisation. That being the case, we hope you will be in a position to identify questions arising from your initial work on your review. Please have these questions to hand and we will address them during the meeting or shortly after.

Please note, the time allocated for this webinar is approximate. Workshops are limited to 16 places, book now to avoid disappointment.

 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Wed 27 July, 9:30am - 11:30am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 23 Aug, 9:30am - 11:30am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 14 Sept, 1:30pm - 3:30pm Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 27 Sept, 9:30am - 11:30am
Tues 11 Oct, 9:30am - 11:30am
Wed 26 Oct, 9:30am - 11:30am
Wed 16 Nov 1:45pm - 3:45pm
Tues 29 Nov 9:30am - 11:30am
Tues 13 Dec 1:45pm - 3:45pm
 
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*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 the employer training team on 028 90 890 888 or email training@equalityni.org
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