HR Consultant – Protected Characteristics

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HR Consultant – Protected Characteristics

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Following on from our last blog, this blog will discuss ‘protected characteristics’ in more detail.

Protected characteristics are vital to a HR consultant and employers alike. These protected characteristics are there to protect both employees and also prospective employees from different types of discrimination. In this video, I discuss what these characteristics are, where they came from and how we can protect our companies from any claims against them.

If you have been employing people for over ten years then it’s very likely that you would remember that we used to have things like sex discrimination, age discrimination and race discrimination. However, in 2010 all of these discriminations laws were bound together and was put into something that is called the Equality Act. Since then, these discrimination laws within the equality act, have been known as protected characteristics.

It’s really important for an employee to know exactly what these characteristics are, and in fact, there are nine. The protected characteristics are:

  • Age
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Civil Partnerships and Marriage
  • Gender Reassignment
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy and Maternity

It is vital for you to know them as if you have an employee who is covered by any of these characteristics then you will need to make some reasonable adjustments for that person. For example, if you have an employee who has a disability you would need to make adjustments within the workplace to ensure that they can carry out their role without being discriminated against.

If you have any other questions about protected characteristics or feel you could benefit from some advice from a HR consultant please get in touch today.

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