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Diversity & equality

A proactive approach to diversity will help you to recruit the best staff and ensure everyone performs to their full potential.


This section includes toolkits and templates to help you audit your organisation as well as example policies and research reports.

Equality and diversity

Acas has a number of free online learning packages which cover topics including equality and diversity.

source: www.acas.org.uk

A toolkit to make Equalities work

The Race Equality Foundation has produced comprehensive guidance on the Equality Act 2010.

Asking and responding to questions of discrimination in the provision of goods and services and public functions

Gov.uk provides guidance to accompany changes to the handling of questions relating discrimination in service delivery, effective April 2014. The guidance is aimed both at service-providers and service-users and includes useful templates as appendices.

source: www.gov.uk

Asking and responding to questions of discrimination in the workplace

Acas has produced guidance to accompany changes to the handling of questions relating discrimination in the workplace, effective April 2014. The guidance is aimed both at employers and colleagues and includes useful templates as appendices.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Religion and belief - new guidance February 2013

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced new guidance for employers on accommodating religion and belief at work, in light of the judgement from the European Court of Human Rights in early 2013.

Age discrimination ban in services

This selection of guides from the Government Equalities Office explains the outlaw of age discrimination in services, which came into effect on 1 October 2012.

Mental health: we need to talk

This Acas guidance provides a rare example of how managers can deal with mental health issues proactively and effectively in the workplace. The advisory booklet includes a further section on suggested reasonable adjustments to consider for staff with disabilities.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Improving equality and diversity: a guide for third sector CEOs

This free publication from ACEVO outlines the business case for equality and diversity, the legislation, the role of leadership, how to integrate equality with policy and procurement - and what to monitor. Registration is required to access the free download.

Voluntary gender pay analysis and reporting

Acas has published guidance to help voluntary and private sector employers to understand and address the pay gap between men and women's salaries in their organisations. This guidance is available to download in PDF format.

source: www.acas.org.uk

TUC Guide to Equality Law 2011

This guidance written by Simpson Millar Solicitors for TUC provides a simple summary of equality law in England.

source: www.tuc.org.uk

The essential work and cancer toolkit

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced a free toolkit which contains practical advice, top tips and guidance for HR professionals, managers and employees. You can order your own free copy through the Macmillan website below.

The Equality Duty what do I need to know?

This guide from the Government Equalities Office provides a quick start guide to the public sector equality duty. It explains what the duty means in practice for organisations that carry out public functions, including some voluntary organisations.

TUC Equality Duty Toolkit

The TUC has published guidance aimed at trade union officials which explains the Equality Duty and how it should be observed. The public sector Equality Duty applies to public bodies. It may also apply to voluntary organisations where they are funded by the government (for example as a DWP partner) or are carrying out a function which may be viewed as public (such as providing housing).

source: www.tuc.org.uk

Shining the light: 10 keys to becoming a trans positive organisation

The LGBT charity, Galop, has produced an insightful PDF guide on how you can make your organisation more inclusive to trans people.

Managing age: new edition 2011

This revised guide from the CIPD and the TUC takes into account good practice developments since 2006.  It supports Acas guidance on managing without a retirement age and reflects the business case for extending working life and employing people of all ages.

You will need to be registered free on the CIPD website in order to access the guide.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Disability and work

This comprehensive booklet by the TUC outlines law and best practice in relation to disability discrimination and supporting individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

source: www.tuc.org.uk

Quick start guide to using positive action

The Government Equalities Office has produced this bite-sized summary to positive action under the Equality Act 2010 and how these provisions can be used in recruitment and promotion.

Who moved my samosa?

This guide to equality and diversity conflicts by brap surveys real life examples of how organisations have managed competing rights between protected groups. 

source: www.brap.org.uk

Diversity calendar 2014

Do you want to look up the important religious festivals of the year? This diversity calendar produced by CIPD helps you ensure that you don't clash with any important dates.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

A quick guide to using positive action in recruitment and promotion

This guide from the Government Equalities Office helps organisations to understand the scope of the 'positive action' provisions in the Equality 2010 which come into force in April 2011.

Compromise agreements and section 147 Equality Act 2010

One issue which has been hotly debated in the press is how the Equality Act 2010 can make compromise agreements unenforceable. Here, the Law Society sheds light on this complex area.

Equality Act 2010: beware questions about employee health

Eversheds solicitors provide a lucid Q&A on questions which may inadvertently discriminate against applicants with disabilities as part of your recruitment, application and interview procedures . This article discusses the area in the context of the Equality Act 2010.

Equality action

The Womens Resource Centre has produced an equality toolkit which helps you to conduct an equality audit and equality impact assessments across your organisation. It includes a number of straightforward processes and excellent templates as part of the appendix. These include equality monitoring forms and equality action plans. For guidance on legislation, refer to Appendix G which takes into account the Equality Act 2010. [Document opens as PDF]

source: www.wrc.org.uk

The Equality Act and cancer: how it affects you

Macmillan Cancer Support has produced an insightful advice guide on how the Equality Act protects employees living with cancer. In particular it makes explicit reference to what has changed since the Disability Discrimination Act which would have previously offered protection to staff with cancer.

EHRC codes of practice on employment and equal pay

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its codes of practice to help HR staff, lawyers and tribunal members interpret and apply the Equality Act in practice. These documents provide very comprehensive guidance on all areas of discrimination and may be useful if you require more in-depth support.

Legal protection and good practice for transgender people at work

GIRES has updated its workplace guidance which looks at how you can support trans people at work. The booklet includes discussion of health and well-being, dress codes, facilities and internal and external communication.

Sex discrimination and employment

CIPD has produced a factsheet which outlines how individuals are protected from discrimination on the grounds of their gender, sexual orientation and gender reassignment. This takes into account the Equality Act 2010.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Age and employment

This factsheet by the CIPD looks at the protection from discrimination given to individuals on the grounds of age. This takes into account the Equality Act 2010.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Race, religion and employment

The CIPD looks at the protection from discrimination given to individuals on the grounds of race and religion, taking into account the Equality Act 2010.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Equal pay

CIPD briefly explains what equal pay is and looks at how would need to be demonstrated at tribunal if a claim were made. It also discusses the effect of the Equality Act 2010 in this area.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Disability and employment

This factsheet by the CIPD looks at the protection from discrimination given to individuals with disabilities in light of the Equality Act 2010.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Negotiators' guides on equality

Unite has a number of guides for trade union representatives which also form useful guidance for organisations wishing to improve equality and diversity practice within their organisations.

Equality Act Starter Kit

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced a set of online learning modules to help employers and service providers understand their duties under the Equality Act 2010.

Equality Act: what's in, what's not

This guide from Eversheds solicitors discusses which elements of the Equality Act 2010 are implemented on 1 October 2010 and makes suggestions for HR policy updates.

Who can benefit from charities?

This guidance from the Charity Commission explains the charities exemption in the Equality Act 2010 and the grounds upon which charities can restrict their beneficiaries to particular groups.

Government Equalities Office Equality Act guides

The Government Equalities Office has produced a number of short guides to support the implementation of the Equality Act. Those aimed at voluntary and community organisations explain how service providers and associations will be affected by the Equality Act 2010.

Acas podcast on the Equality Act 2010

Acas has produced this podcast, presented by Steve Williams, Head of Equality, Acas. It focuses on the provision of the Equality Act which prohibits health-related questioning before a candidate is offered a job.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Breaking down the barriers

This guide by Women's Resource Centre provides information and practical examples on the sorts of disadvantage which Deaf people experience in participating in clubs, societies, volunteering and work. It provides a checklist of considerations for making your organisation more accessible and also actions which you can take to implement this.

Quick start guide to providing equal pay

This short guide by the Equality and Human Rights Commission provides a simple means for small and medium organisations to check that they are complying with equal pay legislation.

Equality Act

This comprehensive briefing produced by Sandy Adirondack looks at the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 and recommends what actions you should take on the back of the legislation.

Equality Act 2010 - TUC briefing for affiliates

This briefing produced by the TUC provides an in-depth explanation of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010, including who the act protects, how it protects them and the treatment of areas such as pre-employment checks and positive action.

source: www.tuc.org.uk

Equality Act 2010 guidance

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has produced comprehensive non-statutory guidance on the Equality Act 2010. This spans topics ranging from recruitment, working time, pay, promotion, management, dismissal, redundancy, retirement, equality policies and monitoring. There is also information available for service providers and users.

Equality Act quick start guide for employers

This guide by Acas summarises the key measures introduced by the Equality Act in October 2010. This summarises the groups protected, the kinds of discrimination they are protected from and also includes illustrative examples.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Challenging institutional racism: a toolkit

Race on the agenda has produced a comprehensive toolkit to help you plan and develop your diversity strategy at work.

source: www.rota.org.uk

Line manager's resource on mental health

Shift has a section of resources for employers working with mental health issues that looks at how you can reduce workplace stigma and discrimination.

A Guide to Equality and Diversity in the Third Sector

Olmec has produced this toolkit which takes organisations through the key aspects of the diversity and equality planning, managing and monitoring process. There is also a comprehensive catalogue of contacts and resources provided in the final section of the publication.

Guidance on recruiting and supporting trans people

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a toolkit which explains the gender reassignment process and looks at how the recruitment and management of trans people can be satisfactorily accommodated for in policies and equal opportunities monitoring. It also highlights key areas of consideration including dress codes, toilets, locker rooms and more generally, the interview process.

Information for employers

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has a dedicated section for employers on managing diversity and discrimination in the workplace. This includes information on the law, employers' duties and more specific areas including recruitment, pay and managing new and expectant mothers.

Diversity: an overview

CIPD has a factsheet which provides an introductory overview to diversity, linking to related factsheets on age, disability, race, religion and sex discrimination. It also covers the business case for diversity and gives tips for how your organisation can manage and plan a diversity strategy.

source: www.cipd.co.uk

Discrimination at work

Directgov has a section of discrimination which looks at what is discrimination and how you can make a complaint. It also looks at specific discrimination areas including less favourable treatment on the basis of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion and belief. 

Achieve gender equality in the workplace

Business Link has an interactive tool which produces practical guidance for how you can improve gender equality in your workplace, based on the answers you provide.

Equality and diversity

Business Link has a section on equality and diversity which explains the law on discrimination, how you can prevent and manage discrimination in the workplace and how you can recruit and support individuals with disabilities and individuals of different ages to work with you. 

Audit tools

Acas has toolkits to survey staff and evaluate how fairly employees are treated, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, religion or belief.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Disability awareness toolkit (for organisations)

This toolkit has been developed by the Pay and Employment Rights Service for promoting disability awareness in the workplace.

source: www.pers.org.uk

Delivering equality and diversity

Acas has produced this guide to planning, implementing and monitoring a successful approach to equality and diversity in the workplace.

source: www.acas.org.uk

Model equal opportunities toolkit (for organisations)

This toolkit for implementing an equal opportunities policy in the workplace has been developed by the Pay and Employment Rights Service.

source: www.pers.org.uk
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