Existing legislation must be implemented

All equality and diversity legislation should be implemented by all organisations - with good heart and intention. The problem isn’t lack of legislation but that it isn’t heeded, implemented and enforced.


Why the contribution is important

This is important because if all legislation was implemented fully, many of the problems would be tackled.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 27, 2015 at 09:35AM

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  • Posted by FairerScotlandAdmin2 November 02, 2015 at 14:55

    Idea from Fairer Scotland Midlothian Planning Event:

    There should be equality in employment procedures which should be automatic, and it is important to identify ways to make this happen. There should be support for employers to be good employers, and they should be incentivised to act in desirable ways. There are voluntary schemes, e.g. healthier working life but the effectiveness of these is unclear.

    Employment cases where there are mental health/stress related issues should be automatically referred to the Health and Safety Executive and the local authority.

    This would mean that toxic workplaces were automatically scrutinised and problems tackled, but this needs to be balanced with employee right to confidentiality. There should be new legislation about corporate bullying and support for employees with someone who can speak for them, for example in relation to issues like bullying. There should also be support for employers who want advice on equality issues.

    Employees currently have to work for two years before they get full employment rights. This needs to change with rights applying after the end of the probationary period, with full employment rights including access to tribunals e.g. on unfair dismissal.

    There are big inequalities of access for disabled people, for example to buildings and transport. We need to make sure that when people say there is access there is actually access and companies that don’t open up and have accessible toilets etc. should be prosecuted.

    This is important because many felt that the points around employment and access were covered under existing legislation, and if the legislation was implemented then there would be far fewer problems.
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