Equal opportunities and non harassment policy

In this document we include a template equal opportunities and non harassment policy and extensive guidance on implementing it within your business. The policy addresses all types of discrimination and harassment including age, religious, racial, sexual, and bullying and victimisation. Implementing such a policy will help you defend yourself against unfair accusations of harassment and make sure that employees are able to report harassment, whether they are the victims or a witness.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland
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Harassment, bullying, victimisation and discrimination are major work place problems causing distress and high staff turnover. Implementing a discrimination policy cannot completely prevent problems, but can make employees aware of the employer's and their own obligations, and the process for reporting incidents. This in turn should provide the employer with a greater degree of protection against claims of negligence in a tribunal case.

The policy covers every aspect of the employment process, from initial interviews through to dismissal. It addresses all types of discrimination and harassment including that related to age, religion, race, sex and disability.

This policy is suitable for all businesses, no matter how large or small.

Implementing this policy

Because workplace discrimination is such a serious matter, you should introduce a policy at the same time as, or as soon after, hiring your first employee. The policy should be incorporated into employment contracts by reference (as in Net Lawman contracts) in order to bind staff to the terms. You should then apply the policy consistently.

Application and features

  • Comprehensive guidance covering company policy and employee obligations
  • Types of harassment spelled out with particular reference to sexual harassment and equal opportunities
  • Helps protect you from tribunal claims arising from discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Educates staff in best practice

Contents

  • Full explanation of employee involvement both as employees and as representatives of the business
  • Definition of discrimination
  • Objectives of the policy
  • Applicability to vacancy advertising
  • Applicability to selection and recruitment
  • Applicability to retirement
  • Disability discrimination explained in full
  • Age discrimination explained in full
  • Employee obligations
  • Full explanation of sexual harassment
Draftsman

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.

UK-EMPpol04 - Equal opportunities and non harassment policy (Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland)

 
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