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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Employer training sessions for August-October 2021.

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


Register Now - select a webinar topic below and click "Register Now"
 

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

Wed 22 September, 11am - 12noon
 

Online Webinar
 


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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
 

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
       
  Thurs 14 Oct, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 10 Nov, 11am - 12noon
 
Online Webinar
 
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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
 

Flexible working

FLEXIBLE WORKING

This webinar will examine the concept of flexible working in its broadest sense. It will examine this relationship in terms of the law and also provide recommendations for employers in respect of good practice.

Webinar overview:

 

  • What is meant by the term flexible working?
  • The business benefits of flexible working
  • Flexible working, its relationship to equality law & employment law in Northern Ireland
  • Promoting Good Practice 
     
  Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 


Tues 12 October, 11am - 12noon
 


Online Webinar
 


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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
 

Promoting sex equality in the workplace

PROMOTING SEX EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

This session will provide an overview of sex discrimination law, as it applies in Northern Ireland, focusing on some of the main issues concerning sex equality in the workplace.

Session overview:
 

  • Pregnancy and maternity issues
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Pay, equal pay and gender pay audits
  Managing your staff
Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Wed 29 September, 11am - 12noon
Wed 3 November, 11am - 12noon
 
Online webinar
Online webinar
 
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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
 

Managing harassment and bullying at work

MANAGING HARASSMENT AND BULLYING AT WORK - PROMOTING 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
  • Harassment behaviours
  • Differences between bullying and harassment
  • Legal context
  • Nature and consequences of workplace harassment
  • Developing effective policies and procedures
  • Building an inclusive workplace
  • Equality Commission workplace research 2019

 



 
Law and best practice
Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 19 October, 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

 

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
 
Thur 7 Oct, 11am - 12noon
 

Online Webinar
 

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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
       
  Thurs 30 September, 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
 

Promoting equality of opportunity for employees with mental ill health - The Disability Discrimination Act

PROMOTING EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYEES WITH MENTAL ILL HEALTH - THE DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION ACT

This webinar will examine the responsibilities placed on employers under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, such as complying with the reasonable adjustments duty.  It will encourage employers to review their employment policies and procedures and examine how to implement good practice/positive action measures which are permissible under the law.

Webinar overview:

 

  • The legal, human and business case for healthy workplaces
  • Managing mental health successfully
  • The Reasonable adjustment duty and examples
  • Positive action
  • The Mental Health Charter

 

  Managing your staff
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Tues 5 October, 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
 

Managing Menopause in the Workplace

MANAGING MENOPAUSE IN THE WORKPLACE

On World Menopause Day, join us for an introduction to the ICTU/ECNI/LRA 'Promoting Equality in Employment for Women Affected by Menopause' (pdf). As well as discussing the equality and employment issues which employers and trade unions need to be aware of, we will also be joined by employers and trade unions to present good practice examples in the workplace.

Speakers will include:

 
  • Clare Moore, Equality Officer, ICTU
  • Una Wilson, Equality Commission NI
  • Helen Smyth, Labour Relations Agency
  • Emma Patterson, Education Authority
 
 
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Mon 18 October; 2:30pm-3:45pm
 
Online Webinar BOOK NOW
 

Public Sector: Section 75 Duties and Equality Assessments

PUBLIC SECTOR: SECTION 75 DUTIES AND EQUALITY ASSESSMENTS
 

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

Webinar 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)

 

  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Tues 26 October, 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
 

Fair employment monitoring workshops

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 15 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
 

   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Tues 27 July, 9:30am - 11am

Online webinar

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  Wed 4 August, 9:30am - 11am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 18 August, 2pm - 3:30pm Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 7 September, 9:30am - 11am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 21 September, 9:30am - 11am
Thurs 7 October, 9:30am - 11am
Tues 19 October, 2pm - 3:30pm
Thurs 11 November, 9:30am - 11am
Wed 24 November, 2pm - 3:30am
 
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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
 
 


 


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Please contact the employer training team on 028 90 890 888 or email edtraining@equalityni.org
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