To mark the multitude of new equality legislation, Personnel Today is launching an additional publication in its management resources series.
The One-Stop Guide to Equality Law explains what all HR managers need to know about recent and future anti-discrimination laws on disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
Written by editor of Employers' Law, DeeDee Doke, the guide offers vital information on all the main areas of discrimination law, with practical case studies to help readers get to grips with the new rules.
The legislation results from the Employment Framework Directive, agreed by the European Union council of Ministers in October 2002.
Discrimination laws on sexual orientation, religion or belief and disability have all come into force over the past 12 months. Age discrimination in employment and vocational training will become unlawful on 1 October 2006.
Doke explains why a strong equal opportunities policy is crucial if employers are to stay on the right side of the law, giving a thorough technical breakdown on what the new legislation means for HR managers.
Legislation aside, Doke argues that equality issues will continue to be a huge issue for HR going forward.
According to a recent Audit Commission report, women represent more than 51 per cent of the population; disabled people around 14 per cent, and black and minority ethnic communities over 7 per cent. "However you go about developing your equal opportunity policy, one point you can be sure of is that the issue of equality will not go away," says Doke.
The One-Stop Guide to Equality Law will be available in the next few weeks. Look out in Personnel Today for details on how to reserve your copy.
For information on other titles in the series, visit www.personneltoday.com/resources
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