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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme
Employer training sessions for May - August 2024

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


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Online Webinars

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
       
 

Mon 1 July, 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
       
  Tues 18 June, 11am - 12:30pm

Tues 30 July, 11am - 12:30pm
 
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
 

Equality training for line managers

EQUALITY TRAINING FOR LINE MANAGERS


This webinar will focus on good practice regarding employment equality issues for those with line management responsibilities.

Webinar overview:

 

  • Overview of the legal context and types of discrimination
  • The role of the line manager in relation to creating a harmonious working environment
  • Flexible working – the right to request and the duty to consider
  • Managing poor performance
  • Disability and the reasonable adjustment duty
  • Summary and overview of management responsibilities

 
Managing your staff Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
 

Tues 9 July, 11am - 12:30am
 

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
 

Reasonable steps defence

REASONABLE STEPS DEFENCEManaging your staff

This webinar is designed to give participants an understanding of the statutory defence that they have taken all reasonable steps to prevent acts of unlawful discrimination in their workplace.

Session overview

 

  • Overview of the reasonable steps defence in practice
  • Discussion of the key tools which may be used to promote equality of opportunity and a good and harmonious working environment
  • An examination of the concept vicarious liability
  • Examples of good practice


If you have any reasonable adjustment requests please include them when booking your place.
 

  DATE TIME REGISTER  
 
Thurs 23 May, 11am - 12noon

Wed 7 Aug, 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
 

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 6 June, 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
 

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
       
 

Wed 5 June, 11am - 12:30pm


 

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 sexual harassment at work

MANAGING SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK

This webinar will examine the types of behaviour that can constitute sexual harassment in the workplace.

Webinar overview:

 

  • The types of behaviour that can constitute sexual harassment
  • A brief overview of recent caselaw
  • key learning for employers

 



 
Law and best practice
Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
   Thurs 27 June, 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 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 13 June, 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
 

Equal opportunities monitoring

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES MONITORING


This webinar is for those employers wishing to develop voluntary systems of employment equality monitoring.

Session overview:

 

  • The reasons for employment equality monitoring 
  • How to establish a system of employment equality monitoring 
  • Equality Commission guidance on employment equality monitoring

 
   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 
Wed 26 June, 11am - 12noon

Thurs 4 July, 11am - 12noon

 

Online Webinar

Online Webinar

 

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Article 55 Review - Key aspects

ARTICLE 55 REVIEW - KEY ELEMENTS

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.

Webinar 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.
 
  Law and best practice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Tues 4 June, 9:30 - 11:30am

Thurs 27 June, 9:30 - 11:30am

Tues 23 July, 9:30 - 11:30am
 
Online Webinar

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
 

Fair employment monitoring workshops

FAIR EMPLOYMENT 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.

Webinar 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 pratice
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Thurs 23 May, 9:30am - 11:45am

Wed 12 June, 9:30am - 11:45am

Tues 18 June, 9:30am - 11:45am

Wed 3 July, 9:30am - 11:45am

Wed 7 Aug, 9:30am - 11:45am

Wed 14 Aug, 9:30am - 11:45am

 
Online Webinar

Online Webinar

Online Webinar

Online Webinar

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
 

Public Sector: Equality screening - training video

PUBLIC SECTOR: EQUALITY SCREENING - TRAINING VIDEO


Screening videoSection 75 is the law, and it's good governance – public authorities must consider equality and good relations when revising and developing all their policies. Screening is one of the key tools to enable public authorities to fulfil their statutory obligations and mainstream these duties into policy development.

To assist with this process, the Equality Commission has produced a training video on equality screening for those who have responsibility for developing or reviewing policies.

 


We would be grateful if you would share this with your policy colleagues and hope that they will find it a useful resource to refresh on the key aspects of equality screening when they are developing or reviewing policies. If, after watching the video, there are areas you would like to discuss, please get in touch. We're also interested in any feedback you or your colleagues have on this resource. Email us at enquiries@equalityni.org
 

Public Sector: Equality Impact Assessment - training video

PUBLIC SECTOR: EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT - TRAINING VIDEO


EQIA videoTo assist public authorities, the Equality Commission has produced a new training video on Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA). The video provides an overview of how to conduct an EQIA and signposts to further guidance.

The video is aimed at officers and decision-makers in public authorities who have responsibility for developing or reviewing policies.

 


We would be grateful if you would share this with your policy colleagues and hope that they will find it a useful resource to refresh on the key aspects of equality screening when they are developing or reviewing policies. If, after watching the video, there are areas you would like to discuss, please get in touch. We're also interested in any feedback you or your colleagues have on this resource. Email us at enquiries@equalityni.org
 
 

 

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