Equal measures

Posted on 17 Jun 2010 by The Manufacturer

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation is running a series of nationwide seminars to help employers prepare for the impact of the new Equality Act.

Aimed at HR managers and directors, the seminars will help ensure employment policies and procedures are up to date and avoid potential claims.

The Equality Act 2010 comes into force in October and has significant implications in the areas of discrimination, the treatment of applicants with health problems or disabilities, equal opportunities, equal pay and harassment or victimisation.

EEF’s seminars, given by legal and HR experts, will help companies:

• Understand the changes in what counts as discrimination and who is protected from discrimination
• Identify how the strengthening of anti-discrimination laws for people with disabilities affects the way you manage attendance and recruitment
• Understand the new restrictions on asking job applicants about their health or disabilities
• Understand the new provisions aimed at reducing the gender pay gap, including pay secrecy clauses and gender pay gap reporting
• Learn how to implement effective equal opportunities monitoring
• Understand the effects of the law on your policies and procedures
• Understand positive action
• Respond to the changes in harassment and victimisation law

“This is a landmark piece of legislation which will replace significant aspects of existing law,” said EEF Head of HR and legal membership services, Fiona Hobbs. “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 dates and locations for the half-day morning seminars are:

14 July – Newton Abbot Racecourse and Conference Centre, Newton Abbot
15 July – EEF, Hook
20 July – Engineers’ House, Bristol
20 July – Glascoed Centre, St Asaph
20 July – EEF, Cambridge
22 July – Hethel Engineering Centre, Norwich
22 July – Waterton Technology Centre, Bridgend
26 July – East Malling Conference Centre, East Malling
28 July – EEF, Warrington
15 Sep – Derwent House, Washington
21 Sep – Broomgrove, Sheffield
21 Sep – Barleythorpe, Oakham
30 Sep – St James’s House, Birmingham
30 Sep – EEF, Leeds

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EEF has been heavily involved in helping draft the code of practice and the guidance to the Act. It is the only non-government body working with the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the code and guidance.