Equality and Human Rights Commission focuses on preventing discrimination at work

Photo by Mr. Theklan via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

Photo by Mr. Theklan via Flickr, under Creative Commons Licence

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has been working with smaller organisations to develop a series of guides tailored to the specific needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

Treating people fairly, with dignity and respect, is at the heart of both the Equality Act (the culmination of a range of laws aiming to make things fairer for everyone) and the global standards for organisations’/employers’ responsibilities in terms of respecting human rights. Workplace policies that prevent discrimination and protect and promote people’s rights to an inclusive and safe working environment can not only reduce costs but enable organisations to retain and attract the best staff and improve productivity and performance.

A number of new guides were added in March 2013 on the theme of discrimination and human rights:

Other guides in the collection (published before March 2013) include the following:

Employers have a responsibility to look after their staff. This entails ensuring the equal and fair treatment of all, as well as protecting the health of staff by reducing risks to health in the workplace, supporting staff who have health issues and helping those who are off sick to make a timely return to work (possibly by making adjustments to their job roles).

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One Response to Equality and Human Rights Commission focuses on preventing discrimination at work

  1. Michael says:

    Health and safety in the UK workplace is an issue that should never be taken lightly due to all of the HSE regulations. The consequences for employers that fail to meet all current safety standards can be catastrophic to the say the least. The governments HSE website http://hse-gov.co.uk is a very helpful site when it comes to health and safety regulations at work.