July 27, 2022
The Disability Alliance, as part of Equality Guernsey, is delighted to announce that it is a member of the Consortium appointed as the joint training provider by the Guernsey Committee for Employment & Social Security (ESS) on the requirements of the incoming Prevention of Discrimination Ordinance.
The Consortium’s role – led by Walkers and The Guernsey Institute – includes Equality Guernsey, Guernsey Employment Trust and Focus HR – is to deliver a comprehensive training and development programme to assist employers and service providers in understanding and preparing for the new legislation.
Media release 26th July 2022
With a new discrimination law on the horizon in Guernsey, a resource for businesses, voluntary groups and the public to arrange free training sessions and access explanatory guidance notes has been created.
The States of Guernsey has established a consortium of leading experts – led by @Walkers and @The Guernsey Institute and including @Equality Guernsey, @Guernsey Employment Trust and @Focus HR – to ensure that Islanders are all kept fully informed about the implications and timelines of the legislation
The Consortium’s website for training and resources is now live: https://consortium.sub.gg/
Book the training sessions via the Eventbrite link on each training module
1 – Foundation Course
This is an introduction to the principles of equality and diversity.
- A brief overview of Human Rights
- An introduction to the Prevention of Discrimination Ordinance (explored in detail is session 2)
- The general principles and benefits of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
- Exploring Unconscious bias
- How to foster inclusion and respect
2 -Introduction To The New Discrimination Ordinance
This session gives an overview of the new Discrimination Ordinance and is directed at all employers, employees, service providers and service users. This session will cover the following aspects:
- Existing discrimination law landscape
- The new protected grounds including a particular focus on the definitions of disability and carer status
- Explanation of the different types of discrimination and other prohibited conduct
- Who the new law applies to
- When it will come into force
- Procedure for bringing claims
- General exceptions
3 – Employers’ Responsibilities
This session gives an overview of employer’s responsibilities in meeting the requirements of the new legislation. This session includes some case studies and lived experiences which provide real life examples of steps which can be taken.
This session will cover the following aspects:
- Recap of key concepts
- Definitions of employer and employee
- Overview of who else the law protects and applies to in a work context
- Obligations unique to employers, including equal pay and equal treatment
- Liability of employers for acts of others
- Avoiding discrimination in recruitment, including when advertising, interviewing and making offers of employment
- Discrimination issues that may arise during employment, upon termination and post termination, in particular when applying internal company processes
- What employers can do to prepare
4 – Service Providers’ Responsibilities
This session discusses what we mean by a service provider and gives an overview of their responsibilities in meeting the requirements of the new legislation. This session includes some case studies and lived experiences. This session will cover the following aspects:
- Application of the Ordinance outside the work context
- Definitions of service provider, education provider, accommodation provider, club and association
- The specific obligations applicable to each type of provider
- Recap of the main types of discrimination and other prohibited conduct, including examples in the service provision context
- Exceptions specific to each type of provider
5 – Accessibility And Reasonable Adjustments
This session gives an overview of what is meant by accessibility and reasonable adjustment. This session includes some case studies and lived experiences which provide real life examples of steps which can be taken. This session will cover;
- What is the duty to make reasonable adjustments?
- The legal test and how is it likely to be interpreted in practice
- Examples of potential adjustments
- The additional anticipatory duty to make reasonable adjustments applicable to service providers, schools and education providers
- Additional duties on accommodation providers
- What is an accessibility action plan and how to prepare one?
- Enforcement and remedies