Acas publishes equality guidance

diversity-typographyAcas has published new equality guidance and resources on its website. This includes guidance on the nine protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010, and three new equality guides. The equality guides focus on understanding the basics, preventing discrimination and what to do if discrimination happens.

The guidance also sets out the business case for encouraging equality and preventing discrimination, which includes:
• Reducing the chance of complaints, disciplinary action or an Employment Tribunal claim – avoiding costs and disruption for the organisation
• Improving team spirit – employees who are discriminated against are likely to be less unhappy, unproductive and de-motivated, and this can have a negative effect on the whole workforce
• Attracting, motivating and retaining staff and enhancing the organisation’s reputation as an employer – if employees who have been discriminated against leave, the organisation will incur the costs of recruiting and training new staff, and its reputation and a business and an employer may be damaged.

The guidance also stresses the need to get equality policies and practices right. For guidance, contact Helen Kay on or .

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