Equality is all about ensuring that all people are given the same opportunities, rights and status. Diversity is about embracing everyone’s differences and understanding that every individual is unique. Inclusion is an extension of all these things. It means that all people, without exception, have the right to be included, respected and appreciated as valuable members of the community.
It is crucial for both employers and employees to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace for a number of reasons. Good EDI in a business can lead to better business performance, increased employee engagement, and better recruitment & employee retention. Additionally, it’s not only important because of the business benefits it brings, but also forms part of your legal obligations as an employer.
The Equality Act 2010 & upcoming changes to EDI legislation
The Equality Act 2010 was created to simplify, strengthen, and harmonise existing legislation to provide Britain with a new discrimination law; not only to help protect individuals from inequitable treatment but also to provide and promote a fair and equal society.
Under the Act, employers and employees both have responsibilities that they must adhere to. Therefore, it is crucial that actions are taken to ensure that the law is not breached by either party.
It is also crucial that both employers and employees are kept informed on updates to legislation.
There are a number of changes to expect surrounding employment law in the coming years. For example, The Equality Act 2010 is expected to make adjustments surrounding AI in the workplace, pay gap reporting, sexual harassment and menopause in the workplace. You can find out more here.
Under a new Equality and Human Rights Commission Code of Practice, employers will soon be facing increased legal pressures to show what steps they're taking to prevent sexual harassment and harassment in the workplace - which makes workplace equality training more important than ever.
Here at iHASCO, we offer a number of free Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion resources that are available to anybody.
Our experts have recently put together a free bitesize guide for employees to better understand their responsibilities. It includes information surrounding the importance of EDI, The Equality Act 2010, and an actionable checklist to help them promote EDI in the workplace.
Additionally, we offer a Workplace Equality Training Bundle that covers a number of key course topics surrounding EDI. This includes:
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Training
- Disability Awareness Training
- Gender Identity & Expression (GIE) Training
- Bullying & Harassment Training
- Unconscious Bias Training
- Sexual Harassment Awareness Training
These courses are approved by the likes of IIRSM and Citation to help you create a more equal, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
Claim your free, no-obligation trial to any of these courses today! Alternatively, request a bespoke quote for your organisation today and a member of our team will be in touch shortly to discuss your training needs.