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Employer Training Programme


What you need to know

 
Employer Training Programme   Our next employer training sessions will begin in July 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

Thursday 23 July, 11am - 11:45am - fully booked
Thursday 30 July, 11am - 11:45am
Tuesday 11 August, 11am - 11:45am
Monday 17 August, 2pm - 2:45am

 

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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
 

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
       
  Thursday 13 August, 2pm - 2:45pm 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
 

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
 
Monday 27 July; 11am - 11:45am

Online Webinar

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  Friday 31 July; 11am - 11:45pm Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Friday 14 August; 11am - 11:45am Online Webinar BOOK NOW
  Friday 21 August; 2pm - 2:45pm
 
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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

 

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
       
  Monday 3 August, 11am - 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
 

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
 
Tuesday 28 July, 2pm - 2:45pm
Monday 10 August, 11am - 11:45am

 

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 NI
  • Promoting Good Practice 
     
  Managing your staff
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
 


Tuesday 4 August, 2pm - 2:45pm
Friday 7 August, 2pm - 2:45pm

 


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
 

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
 
Thursday 6 August, 11am - 11:45am
 

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
 

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
 


Friday 24 July, 11am - 11:45am - fully booked
 


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
 

Unconscious bias and equality in the workplace

UNCONSCIOUS BIAS AND EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE

This webinar will look at what unconscious bias is, why we have it, and examine its impact in the workplace. It will also at how employers can manage unconscious bias and reduce or eliminate its impact in the workplace.

Session overview:

  • What unconscious bias is
  • The potential impact of unconscious bias in the workplace
  • How to ensure unconscious bias does not form a part in decision making in your workplace

 
   
 
 
  DATE / TIME LOCATION REGISTER
       
  Monday 3 Aug, 2pm - 2:45pm - fully booked Online Webinar
 
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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 NI
  • 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
 
Wed 12 Aug 2020, 11am - 11:45am
Tues 18 Aug 2020; 11am - 11:45am

 

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: 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  
 
Wednesday 5 August, 11am - 11:45am

Online Webinar

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  Wednesday 19 August, 11am - 11:45am
 
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

 
 



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

 

 
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