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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Employer training sessions for November - December 2020.

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


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


Webinar 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 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

Thurs 19 November, 11am - 11:45am
Wed 2 December, 1pm - 1:45pm
 

Online Webinar
Online Webinar
 


BOOK NOW
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
 

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 12 November, 1pm - 2:30pm Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 2 December, 11am - 12:30pm
Wed 9 December, 1pm - 2:30pm

 
Online Webinar
Online Webinar

 
BOOK NOW
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 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
       
  Thurs 26 November, 11am - 11:45am Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 1 December, 11am - 11:45am Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Mon 7 December, 11am - 11:45am
 
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

 

Making sure your anti-harassment and bullying policy is current

MAKING SURE YOUR ANTI-HARASSMENT AND BULLYING POLICY IS CURRENT

This webinar will help employers audit and review their existing Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy against the Equality Commission’s template Policy, to ensure the employer’s policy is both current and reflects emerging good practice. Employers without an Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy, will be advised on how to develop such a policy.

Webinar overview:

 

  • Good practice advice for developing an anti-harassment policy
  • Key elements that an anti-harassment policy should include
  • How an anti-harassment policy should be implemented
  • Dealing with complaints under the policy
  • Monitoring and review
 

 



 
Law and best practice
Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 24 November; 1pm - 1:45pm Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Tues 8 December, 11am - 11:45am 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

 

Making sure your Equal Opportunities Policy is current

MAKING SURE YOUR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES POLICY IS CURRENT


This webinar will help employers audit and review their existing Equal Opportunities Policy against the Equality Commission’s template Policy,  to ensure the employer’s policy is both current and reflects emerging good practice. Employers without an equal opportunities policy, will be advised on how to develop such a policy.

Session overview:
 

  • Good practice advice for developing an Equal Opportunities policy
  • Key elements that an EO policy should include
  • How an Equal Opportunities policy should be implemented
  • Dealing with complaints under the policy
  • Monitoring and review

 
   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Thurs 24 November, 11am-11:45am
Tues 1 December, 1pm - 1:45pm
- cancelled
 

Online Webinar
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
       
  Thurs 12 November, 11am - 11:45am
Wed 9 December, 11am - 11:45am

 
Online Webinar
Online Webinar

 
BOOK NOW
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 in Access to Goods, facilities and service – a focus on disability legislation

PROMOTING EQUALITY IN ACCESS TO TO GOODS, FACILITIES AND SERVICES - A FOCUS ON DISABILITY LEGISLATION

This webinar will help service providers (shops restaurants, public bodies etc) to identify the business case and barriers for disabled people accessing everyday services, understand the equality legislation as it applies  and good practice such as Every Customer Counts . This seminar will include a video featuring disabled people discussing the barriers in Northern Ireland.


Webinar Overview
 

  • Business case for promoting equality for people with disabilities accessing services
  • Barriers for people with disabled people accessing services
  • Equality Legislation as it applies to Goods, facilities and services with an emphasis on disability legislation
  • Good Practice including considering COVID 19 and utilising the Every Customer Counts Charter
 
 
 
  DATE LOCATION REGISTER
 
Wed 25 November, 11am - 11:45am

Online  Webinar

BOOK NOW
       

 

 

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
 
Mon 19 October, 1pm - 1:45pm
Wed 18 November, 11am - 11:45am

 

Online Webinar
Online Webinar

 

BOOK NOW
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
 

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
 


Thurs 22 October, 11am - 11:45am
Thurs 19 November, 11am - 11:45am

 


Online Webinar
Online Webinar

 

BOOK NOW
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
 

Social media, equality and the workplace

SOCIAL MEDIA, EQUALITY AND THE WORKPLACE

This webinar will examine the implications of the misuse of social media on equality in the workplace.

Webinar overview:

By the end of the session learners will have an increased awareness of:
 
  • How the misuse of social media can result in harassment and bullying in the workplace
  • Additional considerations in current Covid-19 context
  • Good practice measures employers can take to minimise risk of social media misuse in the workplace

 
 
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 


Tues 8 December, 1pm - 1:45pm
 


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
 

Public Sector: An introduction to the Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act

PUBLIC SECTOR: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE S75 OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND ACT 1998
 

This webinar is an introductory session for those new to Section 75. It provides an overview of the key concepts and examines the role played by S75 in informing the development of public policy.

Webinar Overview

 
  • Equality mainstreaming and its relationship to other equality legislation in Northern Ireland
  • The origin of Section 75
  • The duties placed on public authorities by Section 75
  • How the duties relate to the making of public policy
  • The public authority and individual’s role in complying with the duties.

 

 

  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Fri 13 November, 11am - 11:45am
 

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
 

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

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

This webinar will examine the Section 49 A and B of the DDA, otherwise known as the disability duties. Key concepts such as disability action plans will be discussed and attendees will learn about the key components of a DAP.

Webinar Overview
 

  • The key provisions of Section 49A of the DDA Act 1995
  • Key components of a Disability Action Plan (DAP)
  • Good practice disability action measures authorities can promote in their DAP to support the duties
  • Summary of Commission guidance (pdf, 369kb)

 

 
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION  
       
  Mon 26 October, 11am - 11:45am
Fri 27 November, 10am - 10:45am

 
Online Webinar
Online Webinar

 
BOOK NOW
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

 

Redundancy, equality and employment law

REDUNDANCY, EQUALITY AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
joint webinar with the Labour Relations Agency

The Equality Commission NI and the Labour Relations Agency are running a joint webinar that will examine the implications of equality and employment law in relation to the issue of redundancy in the workplace.

Session overview:

 

  • The 'Dos and Don'ts' for employers
  • Key equality and employment law provisions regarding redundancy
  • How to stay on the right side of equality and employment law when developing and implementing a redundancy policy and procedure

In preparation for this webinar, please view the following:
   
 
 
  DATE TIME LOCATION
 


Wed 9 December 2020
 


2:30pm - 3:30pm
 

BOOK NOW
 

* You can register 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 edtraining@equalityni.org

 

 
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