Guide To Equal Employment And Fair Working Practices

Guide To Equal Employment And Fair Working Practices

Stephanie Steele Thursday, 1 July 2021

This is a notes-based lesson that covers responsible practices you may want to implement as an employer, or check exists within your organisation or supply chain, in order to achieve equal employment and fair working conditions. We cover key topics where issues of gender inequality may be found, and address practices and tools that can support a change in direction.

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In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to hire for equal opportunities
  • Methods of training and development to support empowerment of women
  • Ways to support equal pay structures
  • Rights around parental leave
  • How to check and monitor harassment within your workplace and supply chain
  • What an employment handbook is

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