Employers are being urged to get up to speed on the impact of the new Equality Act to ensure their employment policies and procedures are up to date and to avoid potential claims.
To help guide employers through the maze of new requirements, the manufacturers' organisation EEF is running a series of nationwide seminars aimed at HR managers and directors.
The Equality Act 2010, which comes into force in October, is intended to trigger a step-change in ensuring fair treatment and equality of opportunity for employees and has significant implications for employer's practices and procedures – in particular in the areas of discrimination, the treatment of applicants with health problems or disabilities, equal opportunities, equal pay and harassment or victimisation.
EEF head of HR Fiona Hobbs, said: "This is a landmark piece of legislation which will replace significant aspects of existing law. There will be major implications for employment policies and procedures and it is vital that companies are up to speed by October to avoid potential claims."
The seminars will run through the UK in July and September. Further details and booking can be made online at www.eef.org.uk/events
Author: Ken Hurst