1.1 Flame Health embraces diversity and will seek to promote the benefits of diversity in all of our business activities. We will seek to develop a business culture that reflects that belief. We will seek to widen the media in which we recruit to ensure as diverse an employee and candidate base as possible. We will strive to make sure that our clients meet their own diversity targets.
1.4 Flame Health will not accept instructions from clients that indicate an intention to discriminate unlawfully.
Unlawful discrimination occurs in the following circumstances:
Direct discrimination occurs where one individual treats or would treat another individual less favourably on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, political beliefs (“the protected categories”).
It is unlawful for a recruitment consultancy to discriminate against a person on the grounds that they are members of a protected category. -
Direct discrimination would also occur if a recruitment consultancy accepted and acted upon a job registration from an employer which states that certain persons are unacceptable because they are members of a protected category, unless one of the exceptions applies, for instance, the job demands a genuine occupational requirement or, in the case of age, the discrimination can be lawfully justified.
Indirect discrimination occurs where an agency or employer applies a provision, criterion or practice generally, but which is such that a proportion of persons in a protected category who can comply with it are considerably smaller than the proportion of persons who are not in that protected category.
Indirect discrimination would also occur if a recruitment consultant accepted and acted upon an indirectly discriminatory instruction from an employer.
If the vacancy requires characteristics which amount to a genuine occupational requirement or the instruction is lawfully discriminatory due to a statutory exception or objective justification, Flame Health will not deal further with the vacancy unless the client provides written confirmation of such genuine occupational requirement, exception or justification.
2.3 DISABLED PERSONS
2.3.1 Direct Discrimination
Direct discrimination against a person occurs where, if for a reason which relates to the disabled person's disability, an individual:
2.3.2 Duty to make reasonable adjustments and to provide auxiliary aids and services
This is a similar protection to indirect discrimination in the other protected categories.
Where a provision, criterion or practice applied by or on behalf of an employer, or any physical feature of the employer’s premises, places a disabled person at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with persons who are not disabled, it will be the duty of an employer to take such steps as are reasonable, in all the circumstances of the case, to remove the provision, criterion, practice or physical feature.
Agencies must take reasonable steps to provide auxiliary aids or services if this would make it easier for the disabled person to use their services. For instance, an appropriate auxiliary aid or service can include the provision of information on audiotape or provision of a sign language interpreter.
Flame Health will not discriminate against a disabled person on the grounds of disability -
Flame Health will accordingly make career opportunities available to all people with disabilities and every practical effort will be made to provide for the needs of staff, candidates and clients.
Wherever possible Flame Health will make reasonable adjustments to hallways, passages and doors in order to provide and improve means of access for disabled employees and workers. However, this may not always be feasible, due to circumstances creating such difficulties as to render such adjustments as being beyond what is reasonable in all the circumstances.
3. AGE DISCRIMINATION
Flame Health will not discriminate directly or indirectly, harass or victimise any person on the grounds of their age. We will encourage clients not to include any age criteria in job specifications and every attempt will be made to persuade clients to recruit on the basis of competence and skills and not age.
Flame Health is committed to recruiting and retaining employees whose skills, experience, and attitude are suitable for the requirements of the various positions regardless of age.
No age requirements will be stated in any job advertisements on behalf of the company.
Flame Health will request age as part of its recruitment process but such information will not be used as selection, training or promotion criteria or in any detrimental way and is only for compilation of personal data, which the company holds on all employees and workers and as part of its equal opportunities monitoring process.
4. PART-TIME WORKERS
This Diversity Policy also covers the treatment of those employees and workers who work on a part-time basis Flame Health recognises that it is an essential part of this policy that part time employees are treated on the same terms, with no detriment , as full time employees (albeit on a pro rata basis) in matters such as rates of pay, holiday entitlement, maternity leave, parental and domestic incident leave and access to our pension scheme. Flame Health also recognises that part time employees must be treated the same as full time employees in relation to training and redundancy situations.
5. HARASSMENT POLICY
5.1 Flame Health is committed to providing a work environment free from unlawful harassment on grounds of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, political beliefs or any other basis protected by legislation is unlawful and will not be tolerated by Flame Health.
5.2 This policy prohibits unlawful harassment by any employee or worker of Flame Health.
5.3 Examples of prohibited harassment are: -
5.3.1 Verbal or written conduct containing derogatory jokes or comments,
5.3.2 Slurs or unwanted sexual advances
5.3.3 Visual conduct such as derogatory or sexually orientated posters,
5.3.4 Photographs, cartoons, drawings or gestures which some may find offensive,
5.3.5 Physical conduct such as assault, unwanted touching, or any interference because of sex, race or any other protected category basis,
Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests as a condition of continued employment or to avoid some other loss, and offers of employment benefits in return for sexual favours
5.3.7 Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report harassment.
5.4 If you believe that you have been unlawfully harassed, you should make an immediate report to the Information Manager followed by a written complaint as soon as possible after the incident. Your complaint should include:
5.5 Flame Health will undertake a thorough investigation of the allegations. If it is concluded that unlawful harassment has occurred, remedial action will be taken ..
5.6 Any employee(s) who Flame Health finds to be responsible for unlawful harassment will be subject to the disciplinary procedure and any sanction may include termination. [A person who discriminates or harasses may be personally liable for payment of compensation to the person offended, in addition to any compensation payable by Flame Health. There is no statutory cap on the amount of compensation which may be awarded in discrimination cases. Under the Criminal Justice Act 1994, harassment became a criminal offence, punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a prison term of up to 6 months. Under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the penalties for aggravated harassment are an unLLC fine and/or 5 years imprisonment.]
6. GENDER REASSIGNMENT POLICY
6.2 Flame Health will support any employee or worker through the reassignment provided that full medical counselling has been undertaken and Flame Health has access to any relevant medical reports.
6.3 Flame Health will make every effort to try to protect an employee or worker who has undergone, is undergoing or intends to undergo gender reassignment, from discrimination or harassment within the workplace.
6.4 All employees and workers will be expected to comply with Flame Health’s policy on harassment in the workplace. Any breach of such a policy will lead to the appropriate disciplinary sanction.
6.5 Where an employee is engaged in work where the gender change imposes genuine problems, Flame Health will make every effort to reassign the employee or worker to an alternative role in the Company, if so desired by the employee.
6.6 Any employee or worker suffering discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment should make recourse to the Company’s grievance procedure.
7. COMPLAINTS AND MONITORING PROCEDURES
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