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The Chiltern Lift Company Equal Opportunities Policy
Introduction
This document outlines the Equal Opportunities Policy for The Chiltern Lift Company and is
consistent with the Company’s vision of creating a workplace of equal opportunity and the
principles set out in the Employees’ Information Handbook.
Policy Statement
The Chiltern Lift Company is committed to equal opportunities in employment and service
delivery. The policies and practices of the company aim to promote an environment that is
free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the
heart of our policy, we seek to treat people equally, fairly and with dignity and respect.
The company will take every reasonable and practical step to ensure that no person
working for the company, all job applicants, former employees or any member of the public
using the company’s services will receive less favourable treatment (direct discrimination) or
will be disadvantaged by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable
(indirect discrimination) because of; are perceived to be; or, are associated to any of any of
the following:
 Age
 Disability
 Pregnancy and Maternity
 Marriage and Civil partnership
 Trans-gender or gender reassignment
 Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin)
 Religion/belief or non belief
 Sex
 Sexual orientation
 Socio-economic status
 Trade Union membership or non-membership
We recognise that the provision of equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good
management practice; it also makes sound business sense. Affording staff full dignity at
work promotes good employee relations and satisfaction, and results in a motivated,
productive and creative workforce, that leads to service improvements. Our Equal
Opportunities Policy will help all those who work for us to develop their full potential so that
the talents and resources of the workforce are utilised fully to create a workplace of
opportunity for all.
We will take proactive steps to ensure that the policy is known to all employees, potential
employees and organisations that we work with. We will also ensure that equal opportunity
is embedded in all our policies, procedures, day to day practices and external relationships.
The Chiltern Lift CompanyLimited
ALL TYPES OF LIFT INSTALLATIONS, SERVICING AND REPAIRS
8 FURLONG ROAD, BOURNE END, BUCKS, SL8 5DG
Tel: 01628 529247 Fax: 01628 810821 Email: enquiries@chilternlifts.co.uk
Lift & Escalator Industry Association
www.chilternlifts.co.uk
Directors: R. Festorazzi, S.R. Festorazzi
Registered in England No: 1090333
Registered Office: As above
Scope
This policy applies to all service users, employees and potential employees of The Chiltern
Lift Company together with anyone else working on behalf of the company including,
agency workers, contractors, consultants and suppliers.
Key Principles – Legal Framework
This policy has been developed and will be implemented within the framework of relevant
UK and European legislation and the related codes of practice.
Implementing Equal Opportunities
A. Recruitment, Selection and Promotion
Aim: Encourage the highest quality candidates from all backgrounds to apply and ensure
equal and fair treatment throughout the recruitment process.
The Company will strive to ensure that:
 Through recruitment and promotion, our workforce better represents the community
we serve.
 All posts including promotion opportunities are advertised widely in order to provide
an equal opportunity for all people interested to apply unless a restructuring,
reorganisation or redeployment situation exists when advertising will not apply.
 All advertisements reflect the job description and person specification and do not
use words or phrases which indicate bias (unless there is an occupational
requirement to do so).
 The statement “The Chiltern Lift Company is committed to equal opportunities” is
included in all recruitment advertisements and all job applicants are given a copy of
the Equal Opportunities policy.
 All applicants complete an equal opportunities monitoring form which will not be
made available to the selection panel and will be used to ensure the policy is being
implemented.
 All job applicants who report a disability and who meet the minimum employee
specification will be guaranteed an interview. All such candidates will then be
considered on their merit and abilities.
 We will identify and where appropriate ask candidates whether reasonable
adjustments are required prior to the interview and take this into consideration when
arranging the interview.
 All employees are recruited and promoted on the basis of ability, objective and
measurable job related criteria that is consistently applied to all candidates.
 All staff involved in recruitment and selection have had appropriate training in the
company’s recruitment procedure in accordance with equal opportunities.
 Selection criteria and reasons for the selection or rejection of individual candidates
are recorded.
B. Learning and Development
Aim: All employees are encouraged to reach their full potential through appropriate fair
access to learning, development and career progression opportunities
The Company will strive to ensure:
 New employees are given and made aware of the Company’s Equal Opportunities
Policy during the induction process.
 Relevant equal opportunities elements are included in learning opportunities, where
appropriate, and form an integral part of recruitment and selection training.
 Equalities awareness learning is provided as part of the company’s training and
development programme to all staff.
 All employees are encouraged to invest in their development and consider
opportunities to develop their competencies and skills, taking into account a broad
range of learning and development options in the company.
 Learning opportunities for employees are appropriate and accessible, in line with
organisation and job related needs.
 Learning and development opportunities for relevant employees are advertised
widely.
 Learning and development programmes, where possible, are planned with the
needs of part time staff considered as well as those of full time staff.
 Learning and development programmes are designed to support this policy and take
into account the different preferred learning styles of different groups of employees.
C. Terms and Conditions
Aim: All policies covering pay, benefits, promotion and terms and conditions are formulated
and implemented with regard to equal opportunity.
The Company will strive to ensure:
 Terms and conditions are non-discriminatory and are applied fairly and consistently
to all staff.
 The use of flexible working arrangements are promoted wherever possible, to try to
balance individual staff circumstances with organisation or operational requirements.
 Accesses to work requirements (reasonable adjustments) for those with a disability
are considered in a fair and open manner.
 The appropriate use and application of the company’s policy for ‘Special Leave’ is
promoted to assist staff who may require time off work for personal or domestic
reasons; to ensure the company meets its statutory obligations.
D. Discipline and Grievance
Aim: A working environment that is inclusive and where no form of discrimination is
tolerated.
The Company will strive to ensure:
 Discrimination, harassment or victimisation of employees or service users are
treated as disciplinary offences and dealt with under the grievance procedure.
 This will also apply to employees who attempt to induce other employees to
discriminate, harass or victimise.
 All employees have the right to raise any complaint relating to equal opportunities
through the company’s grievance procedure. This will not affect their right to take a
case subsequently to an Employment Tribunal and will not prejudice the individual’s
current employment or future career prospects.
 Complaints of discrimination, victimisation or harassment are dealt with sensitively
and seriously by managers, are investigated and dealt with in a fair and transparent
manner.
 Prompt action is taken to investigate any employee grievance concerning
discrimination, harassment or victimisation
 Support is provided to any employee who is the victim of harassment or bullying in
the course of their employment.
 Disciplinary rules and standards are applied consistently to all employees within the
company’s employment.
For more information, see related Discipline and Grievance Policy.
E. Service Delivery
Aim: Services are accessible to all, taking into account different needs of all members of the
community.
The company will strive to ensure:
 Callers to our premises experience a welcoming and positive reception from staff
who are comfortable with different abilities and cultures.
 Our communications reflect our Equal Opportunities Policy and are available in a
format which is accessible to all service users.
 Our contracts and agreements give due regard to equality and operate an equal
opportunities policy in accordance with our policy.
F. Monitoring and Evaluation
Aim: Regular monitoring and review so that the effectiveness of this policy can be measured
and information used to support informed decision making.
The company will strive to ensure:
 All policies and procedures which impact on employees and service users are
regularly analysed for equality to ensure they are free from discrimination.
 Confidential records of employees and applicants are maintained in order to monitor
the progress of equality of opportunity within the company.
 Data collected for the purpose of equal opportunities monitoring is examined as a
minimum on an annual basis so that information on the effectiveness of this policy
can be considered. Reports will be published on company web pages annually in
line with legislation.
 Continuous review of our Equal Opportunities policy to comply with changes in
legislation.
6. Roles and Responsibilities
Directors
The Directors have overall responsibility for company’s Equal Opportunities Policy and will
ensure that it is properly implemented, promoted, monitored and reviewed where
necessary. In particular, they will be accountable for:
 Delivering the policy through business planning and performance management
arrangements.
 Ensuring that everyone in the organisation understands what the policy means for
them and provide practical learning and positive support to help managers meet
their obligations in turning policy into practice.
 Ensuring the Equal Opportunities policy is implemented and adequately monitored.
 Ensuring the policy is well publicised and communicated to all staff and
organisations that have dealings with the company.
Managers and Supervisors
It is the responsibility of all managers and supervisors to:
 Ensure that strategies, policies and projects within their area of responsibility are
designed giving due regard to this policy and the company’s Equality Objectives.
 Be proactive in promoting diversity and equal opportunities and in preventing and
eliminating all forms discrimination.
 Familiarise themselves with the procedures in all equal opportunities documentation.
 Ensure that they are not instructing or putting pressure on employees to act in a
discriminatory manner.
 Bring the details of the policy and procedure documents to the attention of all staff.
 Treat complaints of discrimination, victimisation or harassment sensitively and
seriously.
 Ensure that information on equal opportunities is incorporated in all local induction
processes for new or temporary staff and is supported by ongoing training.
All Employees
All employees have a responsibility to ensure that there is no discrimination and accept
personal responsibility for the practical application of the Equal Opportunities Policy. In
particular every employee is required to:
 Promote equal opportunities and treat everyone with fairness, equity, dignity and
respect.
 Recognise and value the diversity of staff and service users, taking into account
diverse needs when providing services.
 Co-operate with any measures introduced to ensure equality of opportunity.
 Ensure their behaviour and/or actions do not amount to discrimination or
harassment in any way.
 Report any discriminatory, bullying or harassment acts or practices.
 Not induce or attempt to induce others to practice unlawful discrimination or
harassment.
 Not victimise anyone as a result of them having reported or provided evidence of
discrimination or harassment.
Breaches
The Company is opposed to all forms of discrimination and will treat any breaches of this
seriously. Breaches of the Equal Opportunities Policy will be investigated and
may be regarded as gross misconduct under the company’s Disciplinary Policy.
Employees who believe that they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment or
victimisation are entitled to raise the matter through the grievance procedures.
Service users are entitled to raise their concerns through the complaints procedure.
All complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially and
the company will aim to ensure that no employee is victimised as a result exercising their
right to raise a complaint or for supporting someone who has raised a complaint under the
Equal Opportunities Policy.
Review
This policy will be reviewed in line with future changes in legislation.
Other Related Policies
This policy is supported by the following policies and procedures:
 Employees’ Information Handbook
 Recruitment and Selection Policy
 Grievance Policy and Procedure
 Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
 Harassment Policy
 Customer Care Policy
 Maternity Leave Procedure
 Paternity Leave
 Managing Sickness and Absence Procedure
 Data Protection Procedures
 Complaints Policy
Signature of Director
R.Festorazzi
Mr. R. Festorazzi – Director April 2013

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Equal Ops Policy 2013

  • 1. The Chiltern Lift Company Equal Opportunities Policy Introduction This document outlines the Equal Opportunities Policy for The Chiltern Lift Company and is consistent with the Company’s vision of creating a workplace of equal opportunity and the principles set out in the Employees’ Information Handbook. Policy Statement The Chiltern Lift Company is committed to equal opportunities in employment and service delivery. The policies and practices of the company aim to promote an environment that is free from all forms of unlawful discrimination and values the diversity of all people. At the heart of our policy, we seek to treat people equally, fairly and with dignity and respect. The company will take every reasonable and practical step to ensure that no person working for the company, all job applicants, former employees or any member of the public using the company’s services will receive less favourable treatment (direct discrimination) or will be disadvantaged by requirements or conditions that cannot be shown to be justifiable (indirect discrimination) because of; are perceived to be; or, are associated to any of any of the following:  Age  Disability  Pregnancy and Maternity  Marriage and Civil partnership  Trans-gender or gender reassignment  Race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin)  Religion/belief or non belief  Sex  Sexual orientation  Socio-economic status  Trade Union membership or non-membership We recognise that the provision of equal opportunities in the workplace is not only good management practice; it also makes sound business sense. Affording staff full dignity at work promotes good employee relations and satisfaction, and results in a motivated, productive and creative workforce, that leads to service improvements. Our Equal Opportunities Policy will help all those who work for us to develop their full potential so that the talents and resources of the workforce are utilised fully to create a workplace of opportunity for all. We will take proactive steps to ensure that the policy is known to all employees, potential employees and organisations that we work with. We will also ensure that equal opportunity is embedded in all our policies, procedures, day to day practices and external relationships. The Chiltern Lift CompanyLimited ALL TYPES OF LIFT INSTALLATIONS, SERVICING AND REPAIRS 8 FURLONG ROAD, BOURNE END, BUCKS, SL8 5DG Tel: 01628 529247 Fax: 01628 810821 Email: enquiries@chilternlifts.co.uk Lift & Escalator Industry Association www.chilternlifts.co.uk Directors: R. Festorazzi, S.R. Festorazzi Registered in England No: 1090333 Registered Office: As above
  • 2. Scope This policy applies to all service users, employees and potential employees of The Chiltern Lift Company together with anyone else working on behalf of the company including, agency workers, contractors, consultants and suppliers. Key Principles – Legal Framework This policy has been developed and will be implemented within the framework of relevant UK and European legislation and the related codes of practice. Implementing Equal Opportunities A. Recruitment, Selection and Promotion Aim: Encourage the highest quality candidates from all backgrounds to apply and ensure equal and fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. The Company will strive to ensure that:  Through recruitment and promotion, our workforce better represents the community we serve.  All posts including promotion opportunities are advertised widely in order to provide an equal opportunity for all people interested to apply unless a restructuring, reorganisation or redeployment situation exists when advertising will not apply.  All advertisements reflect the job description and person specification and do not use words or phrases which indicate bias (unless there is an occupational requirement to do so).  The statement “The Chiltern Lift Company is committed to equal opportunities” is included in all recruitment advertisements and all job applicants are given a copy of the Equal Opportunities policy.  All applicants complete an equal opportunities monitoring form which will not be made available to the selection panel and will be used to ensure the policy is being implemented.  All job applicants who report a disability and who meet the minimum employee specification will be guaranteed an interview. All such candidates will then be considered on their merit and abilities.  We will identify and where appropriate ask candidates whether reasonable adjustments are required prior to the interview and take this into consideration when arranging the interview.  All employees are recruited and promoted on the basis of ability, objective and measurable job related criteria that is consistently applied to all candidates.  All staff involved in recruitment and selection have had appropriate training in the company’s recruitment procedure in accordance with equal opportunities.  Selection criteria and reasons for the selection or rejection of individual candidates are recorded. B. Learning and Development Aim: All employees are encouraged to reach their full potential through appropriate fair access to learning, development and career progression opportunities
  • 3. The Company will strive to ensure:  New employees are given and made aware of the Company’s Equal Opportunities Policy during the induction process.  Relevant equal opportunities elements are included in learning opportunities, where appropriate, and form an integral part of recruitment and selection training.  Equalities awareness learning is provided as part of the company’s training and development programme to all staff.  All employees are encouraged to invest in their development and consider opportunities to develop their competencies and skills, taking into account a broad range of learning and development options in the company.  Learning opportunities for employees are appropriate and accessible, in line with organisation and job related needs.  Learning and development opportunities for relevant employees are advertised widely.  Learning and development programmes, where possible, are planned with the needs of part time staff considered as well as those of full time staff.  Learning and development programmes are designed to support this policy and take into account the different preferred learning styles of different groups of employees. C. Terms and Conditions Aim: All policies covering pay, benefits, promotion and terms and conditions are formulated and implemented with regard to equal opportunity. The Company will strive to ensure:  Terms and conditions are non-discriminatory and are applied fairly and consistently to all staff.  The use of flexible working arrangements are promoted wherever possible, to try to balance individual staff circumstances with organisation or operational requirements.  Accesses to work requirements (reasonable adjustments) for those with a disability are considered in a fair and open manner.  The appropriate use and application of the company’s policy for ‘Special Leave’ is promoted to assist staff who may require time off work for personal or domestic reasons; to ensure the company meets its statutory obligations. D. Discipline and Grievance Aim: A working environment that is inclusive and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. The Company will strive to ensure:  Discrimination, harassment or victimisation of employees or service users are treated as disciplinary offences and dealt with under the grievance procedure.  This will also apply to employees who attempt to induce other employees to discriminate, harass or victimise.  All employees have the right to raise any complaint relating to equal opportunities through the company’s grievance procedure. This will not affect their right to take a
  • 4. case subsequently to an Employment Tribunal and will not prejudice the individual’s current employment or future career prospects.  Complaints of discrimination, victimisation or harassment are dealt with sensitively and seriously by managers, are investigated and dealt with in a fair and transparent manner.  Prompt action is taken to investigate any employee grievance concerning discrimination, harassment or victimisation  Support is provided to any employee who is the victim of harassment or bullying in the course of their employment.  Disciplinary rules and standards are applied consistently to all employees within the company’s employment. For more information, see related Discipline and Grievance Policy. E. Service Delivery Aim: Services are accessible to all, taking into account different needs of all members of the community. The company will strive to ensure:  Callers to our premises experience a welcoming and positive reception from staff who are comfortable with different abilities and cultures.  Our communications reflect our Equal Opportunities Policy and are available in a format which is accessible to all service users.  Our contracts and agreements give due regard to equality and operate an equal opportunities policy in accordance with our policy. F. Monitoring and Evaluation Aim: Regular monitoring and review so that the effectiveness of this policy can be measured and information used to support informed decision making. The company will strive to ensure:  All policies and procedures which impact on employees and service users are regularly analysed for equality to ensure they are free from discrimination.  Confidential records of employees and applicants are maintained in order to monitor the progress of equality of opportunity within the company.  Data collected for the purpose of equal opportunities monitoring is examined as a minimum on an annual basis so that information on the effectiveness of this policy can be considered. Reports will be published on company web pages annually in line with legislation.  Continuous review of our Equal Opportunities policy to comply with changes in legislation.
  • 5. 6. Roles and Responsibilities Directors The Directors have overall responsibility for company’s Equal Opportunities Policy and will ensure that it is properly implemented, promoted, monitored and reviewed where necessary. In particular, they will be accountable for:  Delivering the policy through business planning and performance management arrangements.  Ensuring that everyone in the organisation understands what the policy means for them and provide practical learning and positive support to help managers meet their obligations in turning policy into practice.  Ensuring the Equal Opportunities policy is implemented and adequately monitored.  Ensuring the policy is well publicised and communicated to all staff and organisations that have dealings with the company. Managers and Supervisors It is the responsibility of all managers and supervisors to:  Ensure that strategies, policies and projects within their area of responsibility are designed giving due regard to this policy and the company’s Equality Objectives.  Be proactive in promoting diversity and equal opportunities and in preventing and eliminating all forms discrimination.  Familiarise themselves with the procedures in all equal opportunities documentation.  Ensure that they are not instructing or putting pressure on employees to act in a discriminatory manner.  Bring the details of the policy and procedure documents to the attention of all staff.  Treat complaints of discrimination, victimisation or harassment sensitively and seriously.  Ensure that information on equal opportunities is incorporated in all local induction processes for new or temporary staff and is supported by ongoing training. All Employees All employees have a responsibility to ensure that there is no discrimination and accept personal responsibility for the practical application of the Equal Opportunities Policy. In particular every employee is required to:  Promote equal opportunities and treat everyone with fairness, equity, dignity and respect.  Recognise and value the diversity of staff and service users, taking into account diverse needs when providing services.  Co-operate with any measures introduced to ensure equality of opportunity.  Ensure their behaviour and/or actions do not amount to discrimination or harassment in any way.  Report any discriminatory, bullying or harassment acts or practices.  Not induce or attempt to induce others to practice unlawful discrimination or harassment.
  • 6.  Not victimise anyone as a result of them having reported or provided evidence of discrimination or harassment. Breaches The Company is opposed to all forms of discrimination and will treat any breaches of this seriously. Breaches of the Equal Opportunities Policy will be investigated and may be regarded as gross misconduct under the company’s Disciplinary Policy. Employees who believe that they have suffered any form of discrimination, harassment or victimisation are entitled to raise the matter through the grievance procedures. Service users are entitled to raise their concerns through the complaints procedure. All complaints of discrimination will be dealt with seriously, promptly and confidentially and the company will aim to ensure that no employee is victimised as a result exercising their right to raise a complaint or for supporting someone who has raised a complaint under the Equal Opportunities Policy. Review This policy will be reviewed in line with future changes in legislation. Other Related Policies This policy is supported by the following policies and procedures:  Employees’ Information Handbook  Recruitment and Selection Policy  Grievance Policy and Procedure  Disciplinary Policy and Procedure  Harassment Policy  Customer Care Policy  Maternity Leave Procedure  Paternity Leave  Managing Sickness and Absence Procedure  Data Protection Procedures  Complaints Policy Signature of Director R.Festorazzi Mr. R. Festorazzi – Director April 2013