Firms on Alert at New Equality Law; Call to Review Employment Policies to Meet New Rules
Byline: HYWEL TREWYN
THE Engineering Employers' Federation is calling on businesses to review their employment policies as a new law on sexual orientation and religious discrimination comes into force from the beginning of next month.
The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 and the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 will implement European Directives outlawing discrimination on these grounds and are part of regulations to tackle discrimination in the workplace.
Employment solicitor with EEF North We st Rada Kemp said: ``The Government's new equality legislation is likely to be one of the most challenging and far reaching pieces of legislation to date for employers to deal with.
``Business must be aware of the implications and potential impact of the legislation.''
From December 1 and 2, employees will have a right not to be discriminated against on grounds of sexual orientation or on grounds of religion orbelief. The new regulations protect employees of a particular sexual orientation or those who hold a particular religion or belief.
Harassment on these grounds, where the harassment violates another's dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile,degrading,humiliating or offensive environment will also be outlawed. …