9 September 2015

Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 – An employer’s checklist

September 2014             1st Protected Characteristic of Race Discrimination

September 2015             2nd Protected Characteristic of Sex Discrimination

September 2016             3rd Protected Characteristic of Age Discrimination

September 2018             4th Protected Characteristic of Disability Discrimination

Prevention – the essential steps

  • Believe in equality – Leadership lead commitment and culture change
  • Update polices, handbooks, processes and include an equal opportunities policy
  • Communicate the policies to staff
  • Train staff on what behaviours are appropriate and what are not
  • Deal effectively with complaints
  • Adopt a zero tolerance policy

Immediate actions to take:

  • Educate staff – businesses are expected to inform staff of the legislative changes  
  • Inform staff that individuals, as well as employers, can have claims lodged against them
  • Review employment contracts – all staff, regardless of race or sex, must be treated equally in terms of equal pay
  • Ensure job descriptions/person specifications are based on essential job features
  • Implement anti-harassment and equal opportunity policies
  • Review recruitment campaigns – adverts, application forms, interview questions
  • Review benefits packages
  • Review dress codes
  • Review your redundancy policy
  • Review your email/internet policies – is the material appropriate?
  • Ensure you provide equal access to training
  • Consider pregnancy and maternity policies – ensure employees on leave are consulted
  • Check for pay discrepancies annually, note this formally when reviewing salaries in line with inflation
  • Consider implementing a flexible/part-time working policy – one that provides opportunities for everyone
  • Update handbooks to include your updates and then communicate these to all, checking understanding as you do so

For more information on training your staff on the new legislation, please contact becky@hrnow.je or call HR Now on 747559

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