Activities include sharing examples of practices that integrate equality principles, advising organisations on Government policy and legislation, and supporting a range of networks.
NHS Employers is working with the NHS through the Age Diversity Reference Group to help NHS organisations address age discrimination. It is:
- raising awareness of the key issues for employers through existing events, following the launch of NHS Employers' age strategy at the HR in the NHS conference
- gathering and sharing up-to-date information on the new legislation as the regulations are implemented
- developing an evidence base on where we are now, by supporting research and publicising its findings through this website and events
- preparing tools and materials to support employers through implementation, including presentations for staff
- signposting relevant resources such as the 'Be Ready' resources from the Age Partnership Group (managed by the Department for Work and Pensions).
Tools and materials on equality and diversity legislation
Age legislation is one of a number of key legislative requirements for employers, with clear responsibilities and rights for employers and employees. This legislation covers race, sex (including transgender issues), religion and belief, disability and sexual orientation, to ensure that staff have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential in an environment that values diversity in its broadest sense.
NHS Employers has developed a new quick reference guide on existing legislation for NHS organisations, outlining what it is and what it means for employers.
The guidance covers:
- The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 / Disability Discrimination Bill (2005)
- The Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000)
- Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations (2003)
- Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (2003)
- The Civil Partnership Bill (2004)
- The Gender Recognition Act (2004)