Diversity & Equality: Meeting Your Obligations under the “Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003”


Our society has, in recent years, absorbed a range of religions, beliefs and non-indigenous cultures. This is reflected in the modern workplace. Successful organisations deliver robust diversity policies which ensure employees feel comfortable and valued. Far from being a luxurious add-on, statistics have demonstrated this makes solid business sense: workers who feel valued have higher morale, working harder and smarter leading to greater staff retention rates.

The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations came into force on 2 December 2003 making it unlawful to discriminate against staff because of religion or belief. It thus became an important requirement for employers to understand the implications of the Regulations, specifically in relation to the particular beliefs or religions of their staff. Muslims constitute the largest minority group in the UK, often sharing common South Asian cultural traditions with Hindus and Sikhs. This course will provide you with an outline of your obligations to people of all faiths – or none – but with specific reference to Muslim employees.

How would I or my organisation benefit from attending this course?

A greater commitment to diversity will help you deliver concrete business benefits. Understanding the needs of your staff will help attract, motivate and retain employees cutting down on the recruitment and training costs intrinsic in a high staff turnover. An accommodating employer has an enhanced reputation in the “Employer Marketplace” attracting potential recruits from a broader pool of talent.

The information provided on this course is designed to help you develop a sensitivity to the religious and cultural needs of your staff, tempered by the limitations of your legal obligations. You will thus be able to objectively consider provisions for a range of staff issues from dietary requirements, flexible working options and dress preferences to requests for time off for religious occasions and providing prayer rooms with associated wash facilities. It may be useful to undertake this training in conjunction with our other learning package: “Muslims in the Workplace: What You Should Know.”

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