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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Employer training sessions for January - March 2022

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


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

Every Customer Counts - Promoting accessible services

The Equality Commission is running a series of webinars for Private Sector traders in Northern Ireland to help them to make their services more accessible for disabled customers. The webinars are part of the Commission's "Every Customer Counts" initiative which encourages businesses to consider how open their services currently are to disabled people.

We would encourage service providers to attend all four webinars as they will provide a useful journey, from awareness of the common issues affecting disabled customers, right through to practical action that will help businesses to boost their customer base.


Webinar 1: Thursday 27 January 2022, 11am -11.40am  BOOK NOW
Accessible services: The business case and the benefits – can you afford to ignore these?
This webinar will look at  the benefits of ensuring your business is accessible to disabled people and examine how this may be achieved with reference to some good practice examples adopted by local service providers.

Webinar 2: Thursday 10 February 2022; 11am -11.40am  BOOK NOW
Providing accessible services – What does the Law say?
This webinar will look at the law around accessible service provision, particularly regarding disabled customers and clients and will examine some recent examples from the Courts.

Webinar 3: Thursday 24 February 2022, 11am -11.40am  BOOK NOW
Every Customer Counts – Assistance Dogs – What Service Providers need to know
This webinar will examine the law around Assistance Dogs and will look at some scenarios involving Assistance Dogs and the rights of their companions. It will be delivered in partnership with Assistance Dogs UK.

Webinar 4: Thursday 10th March 2022, 11am - 11.40am  BOOK NOW
Ensuring your business is accessible to people with a learning disability or a neuro-diverse condition

This webinar will look at common barriers faced by customers and clients with a learning disability and how these can be addressed by simple solutions. It will be delivered in partnership with Mencap.
 

Mental Health Discussion

We are starting a series of mental health discussions to help employers to implement the Mental Health Charter and share good practice. We will be starting off with Dr Finola Ferry from the Ulster University/ ADR who will be discussing findings from NI study on Jobs, Mental Health and Mortality among the NI Population and examination of the role of the COVID- 19 pandemic focusing on mental health across occupations and the association of family demands. This will be followed by a conversation with Joan Mc Ginn, Chief Executive of Orchardville. Orchardville signed up to the Mental Health Charter in January 2021 and Joan will discuss the steps they have been taking to follow the Mental Health Charter framework working towards a mentally health workplace. This will be followed by a short Q&A session. 


You can find further information on the Mental Health Charter

 

  DATE TIME REGISTER
  Wed 19 Jan, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW  
 

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
  Tue 1 Feb, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 9 Mar, 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
 

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
  Thu 20 Jan, 11am - 12noon Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Fri 18 Mar, 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
 

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
  Wed 9 Mar, 1pm - 2pm 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 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
  Wed 26 Jan, 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

 

Pregnancy and maternity at work

PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY AT WORK


This session will focus on informing employers of their responsibilities in relation to equality 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 REGISTER
  Thu 17 Feb, 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
  Mon 7 Feb, 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
  Tue 8 Feb, 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
  Tue 29 Mar, 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 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
  Tue 25 Jan, 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 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 15 places, book now to avoid disappointment.
 

   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 11 January 2022, 9am - 10:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Thurs 27 January 2022, 9am - 10:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 2 February 2022, 9am - 10:45am Online webinar BOOK NOW
  Wed 16 February 2022, 2pm - 3:45am
 Thurs 3 March 2022, 9am - 10:45am
 Wed 16 March 2022, 9am - 10:45am
 Wed 30 March 2022, 9am - 10:45am
 
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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
 
 


STEM Gender Equality Webinars for 2022
 

The Benefits of Flexible Working for STEM businesses: 2 February 2022, 11am - 12noon, Register Now
This webinar will focus on the law and the business case for flexible working in helping to recruit and retain women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries. The session will include speakers from local employer, Exploristics, on the benefits of flexible working practices for both the individual and the organisation.


Positive Action to Encourage Women in STEM: 30 March 2022, 11am - 12noon, Register Now
This webinar will focus on sex equality law and the positive action measures employers can take to encourage women into STEM employment. Speakers from Liberty IT and Translink will give examples of how positive action has been used to encourage women to apply for jobs and training opportunities within their businesses.
 


 


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