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Acas launches new e-learning on religion or belief

Wednesday 07 March 2007
National 

Acas today launched a new free online course to help employers avoid discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief.

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With over 70% of the population having a religion, employers need to be aware of the behaviours and attitudes in their workplace and to ensure good practice for a fair and open environment.

The new course:

  • defines religion or belief
  • explains the legal aspects of the religion or belief regulations
  • explains how the regulations affect recruitment and existing employees
  • looks at the day-to-day impact the regulations might have on your business.

Nearly 60,000 people have registered to use Acas' free e-learning courses covering a range of topics including managing absence, information and consultation and working parents. Acas also provides good practice guidance including the booklet pdf  Religion or belief and the workplace - a guide for employers and employees [347kb].

Rita Donaghy, Acas Chair said:

'Our new course can help employers put the right procedures in place so that issues around religion or belief are understood. No matter how professional or well run your business is bullying and discrimination can still happen. Some people may think the office banter is harmless or the conversation in the car park is private but employers should make it clear what is acceptable behaviour and have the proper channels available if someone has concerns about their treatment.'

Notes to editors

1. The statistic in this release is from the 2001 national census.

2. Acas' aim is to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. It provides information, advice, training and a range of services working with employers and employees to prevent or resolve problems and improve performance. It is an independent statutory body governed by a Council consisting of the Acas Chair and employer, trade union and independent members.

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