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Editor's message: The importance of having a comprehensive equal opportunities policy in place in your organisation and keeping it up to date should not be underestimated. But a policy will be effective only if it is properly communicated to staff and put into practice throughout the organisation.
An employer that takes its equality and diversity policy and practice seriously will not only benefit from avoiding disputes and potential tribunal claims, but will be better placed to attract and retain the best candidates and harness the potential of the entire workforce.
As an employer you are liable for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation carried out by your employees in the course of their employment unless you have taken reasonable steps to prevent such conduct. Such steps would include training relevant employees on the equal opportunities policy and ensuring that everyone in the organisation is aware of it and understands it.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Updated to include information on the workforce disability equality standard to be included in the NHS standard contract from April 2018.
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Updated to include information on the gender pay gap reporting requirement, in force from 6 April 2017 for private- and voluntary-sector organisations, and 31 March 2017 for public-sector organisations.
Updated to reflect that the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017 are in force from 31 March 2017, introducing the gender pay gap reporting duty for public authorities.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to equal opportunities policy and practice.