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Essential Discrimination Law

Authoritative, clear guidance on the complex area of discrimination law

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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.

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Programme –


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

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