Everyone has the right to be safe and respected at work. But this does not always happen. Following the release of our story-based harassment course, VinciWorks has released a new diversity course, Diversity and Inclusion at Work: MyStory. This training sheds light on stories of discrimination all too frequently experienced by people in the workplace.

MyStory raises awareness of the prevalence and impact of discrimination. It is designed to bring to life the real impact of equality and diversity through storytelling. The user is presented with a series of short, hard-hitting personal accounts of diversity-related discrimination at work.

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Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace means more than simply updating policies or adding a new initiative. Effecting such change requires a continuous push to holistically improve the business culture. In this webinar, VinciWorks was recently joined by law firm Pinsent Mason’s Diversity & Inclusion specialist Kate Dodd. Kate and her team worked with VinciWorks to create groundbreaking diversity training and Kate’s team was instrumental in winning first place in LGBT charity Stonewall’s most inclusive places to work for 2019.

During the webinar, we looked at the initiatives implemented by Kate and her team and explored how organisations can apply them to their own workplace.

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2017 ended with a flurry of allegations against high-profile men, many of whom in the music and entertainment industry, as well as allegations against members of Parliament. The allegations came to light following Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s fall from grace after several women accused him of sexual assault and rape. In late 2017, the #MeToo campaign on social media, together with a BBC survey showing half of the women in the UK have been sexually harassed in the workplace, shed further light on how serious and rampant the issue of sexual harassment at work has become.

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Diversity in the workplace is important not just from a compliance and legal perspective. Results published in a McKinsey research paper show that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially. Further, in July 2017 the £1,200 employment tribunal fee was scrapped by the Supreme Court. The result is that those who feel mistreated can take their current or former employer to court without having to overcome a financial hurdle.

Full transparency of a company policy will help diminish the risk of discrimination in the workplace, as well as promote a diverse culture in the workplace. VinciWorks has therefore created an equality and diversity policy template that can easily be edited to suit your organisation and industry.

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Equality and Diversity Policy

The procedures in an Equality and Diversity Policy should reflect the controls and processes within an organisation for promoting equality and diversity, and explain the structured process for encouraging equality of opportunity and respect for diversity and preventing unlawful discrimination, whether direct or indirect, within in the organisation and in relationships with clients and others. The requirements reflected in the procedures will apply in relation to protected characteristics, including age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. The procedures should be in accordance with local laws, for example, the Equality Act 2010 in the UK.

What should the equality and diversity policy include?


The introduction should explain the purpose of the policy and what it consists of. It should also explain the importance of everyone contributing to compliance with the requirements of the policy by embedding such values in the workplace and by challenging inappropriate behaviour and processes.
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The interpretation of the Equality Act 2010 in everyday life continues to evolve and progress. Tribunal decisions and court cases are constantly adding layers to equality and diversity best practice. One important general update employers should bear in mind is that the £1,200 employment tribunal fee was scrapped by the Supreme Court last month.

This roundup of the latest rulings will help you review equality policy and practice in your workplace.
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VinciWorks has just released the new course — Diversity: A Practical Overview.

In just 30 minutes, the course provides an overview of the key obligations and best practice impacting day-to-day work at the firm. It digests the material into concise principles, featuring media stories and legal precedents that bring the topic to life.

Diversity training is an imperative first step to protecting the rights of individuals and advancing equality of opportunity for all. The course outlines the behaviours expected of all employees, the reasons to comply with those behaviours and the consequences of non-compliance.

The course is designed to adapt beautifully to any size screen, and provides an engaging and immersive learning experience. It is recommended for use by anyone at the firm as part of the onboarding process or as a regular refresher.

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