Equality law in the spotlight with the launch of new one-stop guide

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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Publications round-up

– In the December issue of Occupational Health, we reveal how the Government’s long awaited Choosing Health White Paper goes much further than banning smoking in public places. It places occupational health (OH) at the forefront of an ambitious strategy to tackle the deep-rooted causes of avoidable ill health among the UK workforce. We also present an essential round up of OH legislative and professional developments in 2004.

– The One-Stop Guide to Employer Branding is now available. The guide gives a practical insight into all areas of employer branding. From understanding the branding process and learning how to create a branding framework, to communicating a company’s values effectively, it offers valuable information, all explained in plain English.

Key chapters in the guide include:

– Employer branding – what it is and why it matters

– The process

– Creating a framework for branding your organisation

– Developing your people

– How to communicate the employer brand message internally

– Using employer branding to gain competitive advantage

– What does the future hold for employer branding?

– Putting employer branding into practice – case studies

The guide is written by Kaye Thorne, who is founder of the Inspiration Network and a well-known coach, consultant and author.

To read more about employer branding, see the feature on page 18 of Personnel Today’s 30 November issue. To reserve you copy of the One-Stop Guide, e-mail personneltoday@esco.co.uk or call 01373 810433.

– In the December issue of Employers’ Law, we look at the ins of outs of share options as part of a renumeration package.

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