Essential Discrimination Law

Essential Discrimination Law

Authoritative, clear guidance on the complex area of discrimination law

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Price: £795 + VAT
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Instructive, highly interactive two-day discrimination law training that explains essential principles of discrimination law. It provides a comprehensive discrimination law update on all current and prospective developments.

Discrimination law continues to challenge HR professionals and line managers alike. A proliferation of case law coupled with extensive, new legislation in recent years makes discrimination the most rapidly expanding area of employment law.

It is also a field of law in which employers feel vulnerable – and with some justification. The Equality Act 2010 strengthened anti-discrimination legislation and employers must familiarise themselves with its provisions and review working practices and procedures to ensure compliance.

Highlights include:

  • Apply key anti-discrimination principles and concepts
  • Ensure that your policies and procedures comply with current discrimination law
  • Avoid costly and morale-sapping discrimination claims
  • Understand best practice in managing diversity
  • Equip yourself with knowledge to provide guidance and advice to HR and line management colleagues

An introduction to the relevant legislation

  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sex Discrimination Regulations 2001
  • Religion or Belief Regulations 2003
  • Sexual Orientation Regulations 2003
  • Disability Discrimination Amendment Regulations 2003
  • Employment Equality (Sex Discrimination) Regulations 2005
  • Disability Discrimination Act 2005
  • EU Equal Treatment Directive
  • Equality Act 2010

A closer look at race, sex, religion, sexual orientation discrimination

  • Direct and indirect discrimination
  • What is victimisation?
  • Recruitment and advertising: what are the legal considerations?
  • Maternity, paternity and parental rights
  • Flexible working requests
  • Equal pay and opportunities
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion
  • Gender re-assignment
  • Recent case law



Disability discrimination

  • Meaning of 'disability' and 'discrimination'
  • What is the employer's duty to make adjustments?
  • The nature of 'reasonableness'
  • Exceptions and defences
  • Enforcement and remedies/compensation
  • Absence from work - stress cases
  • Recent case law
  • DDA and amending regulations

End of day one


Harassment and bullying

  • Definitions
  • Investigating harassment and bullying allegations
  • Examining line manager responsibility
  • Policies in practice
  • Effects on health and absence - stress

Age discrimination

  • Age discrimination
  • Recruitment and promotion
  • Pay and benefits
  • Health and safety issues
  • Dismissal and retirement
  • The 'Heyday' challenge
  • Potential justifications



Enforcement and liability

  • Burden of proof
  • Drawing inferences
  • Vicarious liability
  • Remedies and compensation
  • Avoiding litigation
  • Handling tribunal claims

End of day two

Alison Bone

I am a senior member of the Employment Law Faculty.  I was National Examiner in Employment Law for the CIPD for fourteen years.

I am a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, a former staff governor and a member of the Academic Board and Academic Standards Committee.

I am a member of the Advisory Panel of the UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE). I have researched and written on assessment and plagiarism and have run workshops for many university law schools on both topics.

I originated the National Law Teacher of the Year Award and I’m a former chair and current committee member of the Association of Law Teachers.

In 2012 I received an Outstanding Achievement award from the Association of Law Teachers (ALT). The award was presented by Professor Nigel Duncan of City University Law School, who observed that my "research and writing on key issues in legal education has been without peer."

My current teaching interests are contract and employment law and I am course leader of the Business with Law LLM(Hons) degree.

HR, personnel professionals and line managers who need a comprehensive grounding in the essentials of discrimination law.

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

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The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

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For groups of 4 or more people, any of our seminars and webinars can be tailored and delivered in-house. We will adapt case studies to suit your organisational culture and specific challenges. We ensure that the learning is engaging, relevant and easily applied.

Our webinars are designed to be as accessible as possible for all participants.


To join the webinar you will need to have Java installed on your computer. You can download and install Java quickly and easily here.

We use Webex to deliver our webinars. It is entirely web based - all you will need is an internet browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome. There is no requirement to download any files to use the Webex system.


You can only listen to the webinar over the internet through the Webex system, for which you will need headphones or speakers. A conference call dial in option is not available.

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