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Nowhere to hide in new race laws

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Changes in racial equality regulations could transform public sector HR, buttheir true impact hangs on how the Government enforces them, writes JohnRobinsonNew legal duties on public bodies to promote race equality are the mostimportant changes to race discrimination laws since the Race Relations Act waspassed in 1976. They have the potential to transform personnel procedures inthe public sector.But their true significance will only become clear when the Government sayshow it intends to enforce them.Unless a rigorous enforcement regime is put in place and employers feardamage to their reputation as well as their coffers, the changes will havelittle impact.A spokeswoman for the Home Office said details of how the laws will bepoliced are under discussion, but she admitted an option being considered is togive greater powers to the Commission for Racial Equality.The CRE, in its submission to the Government on the legislation, has askedfor new authority to force employers to monitor the make up of their workforce.EnforcementIf it convinces the Government, the CRE’s role will be similar to that ofthe Health and Safety Executive, enabling it to ask the courts to issueenforcement notices against organisations which are failing in their duty topromote race equality.If the employer fails to mend its ways, it would be prosecuted.A CRE spokesman said public bodies should be required to report annually tothe Audit Office on their performance in promoting equality. The CRE wouldenter the fray if an institution had not carried out its duty.”If you look across the public sector, half of the organisations, maybemore, are not doing any sort of monitoring at all,” the CRE spokesmansaid. “If this Bill contains workable enforcement powers, then it will representan enormous change throughout these organisations. Only the very best practiceexamples will get through that test.”Public-sector bodies appear confident they can meet this test. Reaction tothe Government’s announcement has been almost unwaveringly positive, with mostHR directors stressing that their organisation is already working to improveequality policies.”We are pursuing targets in common with all of the criminal justiceagencies,” said Gareth Hadley, head of HR for HM Prison Service. “We havelaunched a project called Respond which addresses the need of the organisationto bring in a larger number of ethnic minority employees and create a workingenvironment in which all staff feel safe and secure.”The Prison Service, along with the police, immigration service, socialsecurity and Civil Service, has also been brought under the law coveringindirect race discrimination. This regulation, which outlaws policies whichappear fair but result in bias, has covered most public and all private sectororganisations since the original 1976 Act.Reassessing policiesRita Sammons, president of local authority personnel body Socpo, saidcouncils had set an example on equality issues since the 1980s. But she addedthat the legislation would make local authorities reassess their policies andwould force those which had neglected race issues to take action.”I think the legislation, coupled with Best Value performanceindicators, which look at how the workforce is representative of the localpopulation, will require all local authorities to put comprehensive monitoringin place and meet stringent targets,” she said. “Even though we have been working hard over a number of years, there isstill much to be done.”The view that the legislation would, if nothing else, cause the publicsector to increase its focus on equality issues was echoed by Karen Bell,president of NHS HR association AHHRM. She added the new laws could help cutnursing shortages by encouraging more people from ethnic minorities to join thehealth service.It is evident that the vast majority of the public sector is happy to takethe lead in eradicating race discrimination from the workplace. What remains tobe seen is how those who lag behind will be dealt with. Nowhere to hide in new race lawsOn 8 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Breaking: Barcelona sack Valverde, appoint ex-Betis boss

first_imgBarcelona have confirmed the departure of head coach Ernesto Valverde and placed Quique Setien in charge.Valverde was pictured overseeing training on Monday ahead of meeting with Barca’s board. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your Childhood8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets The 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana semi-final in Saudi Arabia on Thursday further cranked up the pressure, with Barca losing to Diego Simeone’s men despite having largely controlled the contest. The 55-year-old Valverde is the first coach Barca have dispensed with in the middle of a campaign since Louis van Gaal was sacked in January 2003 with the team sitting 12th in the standings. Barca legend Xavi was said to be among the front-runners to take the reins, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winner having met director of football Eric Abidal in Qatar on Friday. However, Xavi is reported to have told the club he was not interested in taking over until the end of the season. Setien will be presented on Tuesday before his first game against Granada at Camp Nou on Sunday. Setien coached Betis last season but left by mutual consent after leading the club to a 10th-place finish. read also:Barcelona make contact with Pochettino amid Velverde sack The former Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander player is known for his possession-based football and attacking gameplan, which suits the way Barcelona were known for playing during the Pep Guardiola era. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Following the conclusion of those discussions, Barca announced the end of Valverde’s two-and-a-half-year stint in charge at Camp Nou, with former Real Betis boss Setien replacing him on a contract until June 2022. “FC Barcelona and Ernesto Valverde have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that united both parties,” the statement announcing Valverde’s departure read. “The club publicly expresses its gratitude to Ernesto Valverde for his professionalism, his commitment, his dedication and his always positive treatment towards all that make up the Barca family. We wish him luck and success in the future.” Setien repalces Valverde despite the fact Barca are top of La Liga, ahead of second-placed Real Madrid on goal difference, and topped their UEFA Champions League group. They have been crowned league champions in each of the past two seasons and won the 2018 Copa del Rey. However, the former Athletic Bilbao boss has often found his position under scrutiny, particularly after Barca suffered shock Champions League eliminations by Roma in 2018 and Liverpool in 2019 after taking a three-goal lead in each tie.last_img read more

Nigeria Drops Six Places Despite Massive Win against Cameroon

first_imgThe three-time African champions however swapped places with the Indomitable Lions in the continental grading with Nigeria now in the fifth position.It appears the victory recorded by the home-based Eagles against Benin Republic in the sub-regional WAFU Cup of Nations qualifiers count little in the final grading for September. Nigeria’s total point haul depreciated from 716 to 696.Nigeria’s only rival to next year’s World Cup, the Chipolopolo of Zambia, are still a lowly 78th in the world and 16th in Africa. Both teams have an October 7 date in Uyo that may determine which country grabs the Group B ticket to Russia 2018.Nigeria with 10 points from four matches is three points ahead of second-placed Zambia.At the top of African rankings is the Pharaohs of Egypt with fellow north Africans Tunisia in the second spot. Senegal is fourth with Burkina Faso (7th), Ghana (8th), Cote d’ Ivoire (9th) and Morocco completing the Top Ten power houses of African football.Globally, World champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the FIFA rankings.Germany’s 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in the World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw away to Colombia.European champions Portugal climbed three places to third – even though they are second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Switzerland.In another surprise, Argentina is fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing its last two games – away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela.The rankings made disappointing reading for Asia with only three sides in the top 50 – Iran, Japan and Australia.The next FIFA rankings will be announced on October 16 and used to determine the seedings in the draw for the four European playoff ties for next year’s World Cup finals in Russia.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FIFA RANKINGS Germany upstages Brazil to become Number One football nationDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s Super Eagles dropped six places to 44 spot in the September FIFA rankings released Thursday despite the heavy defeat handed out to Cameroon in Uyo and one-all draw in Yaounde four days later in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers.last_img read more