We understand the need to place training on equality into context; making it topical, lively and informative. Equality awareness is essential training for anyone in a supervisory or management role.
Workplace discrimination claims can be costly and attract negative publicity. Many organisations have equality and diversity policies but a policy alone is not enough. To be able to successfully run a ‘reasonable steps’ defence to a discrimination claim, the policy should be well communicated and employees should have received equality awareness training. As well as reducing the legal risk, equality awareness training can help employees feel that they are treated with dignity and respect at work.
Our equality awareness training not only covers the legal requirements under the Equality Act 2010 but also the practical aspects that line managers need to manage equality and diversity.
The programme covers:
- The law on equality and discrimination – A brief outline of the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. This section introduces the concepts of direct and indirect discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Equality in practice – Building on the legal foundation, this section covers the practical aspects of managing equality. We find that this section helps line managers to gain confidence in handling equality and discrimination.
- Understanding harassment and bullying – This section takes a closer look at harassment and bullying. Case studies help delegates understand the definition of harassment and how it can be managed.
- Employer and employee responsibilities – This section looks at the concept of ‘vicarious liability’ and explains employees’ responsibilities in managing equality.
- Understanding any Respect at Work policy or other relevant policies that the employer may have – A closer look at the employer’s policies and procedures relevant to equality.
- Questions and answers – There will be time at the end of the course for discussion and questions and answers.
This is a half day course.