19/12/2003

New Employment Equality Regulations

Recruitment specialists, Blue Arrow, have warned businesses not to be caught out by new Employment Equality Regulations.

The Regulations, which are designed to outlaw any forms of direct or indirect discrimination against an individual on the grounds of religious belief or sexual orientation, were introduced at the start of December 2003.

“The new laws are more extensive than many companies will realise at first.” said Wayne Story, MD, Blue Arrow Operations. “Judgments made by unknowing employees towards others on actual or perceived grounds could cause companies to be in breach of the new rules, leaving directors open to costly claims.”

“In the early stages of this new legislation, it is essential that companies make everyone aware of the new working practices that must be instigated – not just top management. Special emphasis must be made for those responsible for recruitment, advertising and managing staff at work. In the long-term, UK society has moved a step closer towards removing discrimination, victimisation and harassment in the workplace for the benefit of all."

The Employment Equality Regulations are structured around two specific strands, namely the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations, effective from the 01 December, and the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations effective from the 02 December.

Areas of ‘association’ are also covered, namely any form of discrimination which occurs as a result of a person associating with others who are perceived to be of a particular sexual orientation and/or religion or belief. The rules which apply to working conditions, pay, promotion, transfers, and during periods of vocational training continue to apply even after employment has ended.


Related Northern Ireland Business News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 December 2003
Irish employers anticipate improvement in hiring activity
Irish employment confidence is showing signs of recovery, according to results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. For the quarter January to March 2003, the Net Employment Outlook is 3%, which is a modest recovery of 7% points from the previous quarter’s pessimistic outlook.
07 November 2019
Genesis Bakery Rebrands Amid Company Expansion
Co L'Derry bakery Genesis has rebranded amid an ongoing £750,000 investment and recruitment drive. Formerly known as Genesis Crafty, the Magherafelt firm unveiled new products, new recipes and a whole new look. The company also dropped the 'crafty' and changed its strapline to Genesis - Baking it better since '68.
04 November 2015
Dodds Meets With Michelin Representatives
DUP MEP Diane Dodds MEP has met with Michelin representatives in the European Parliament, Brussels. She was given assurances that £5 million will be made available to assist the local community with new employment start-ups.
11 November 2019
Global Contracts Secure New Jobs At L'Derry Engineering Specialist
L'Derry based engineering specialist Joule Group is creating 16 new roles after winning contracts in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. The technical fire engineering services specialist offers consultancy expertise on fire engineering design, construction and operational processes.
08 November 2019
Contractor Appointed For Belfast Transport Hub
The development of a multi-million pound transport hub in Belfast has taken a leap forward with a major appointment. Northern Ireland-based contractor GRAHAM has signed on to deliver preparation work at the city centre site on behalf of Translink.