By Sue Nickson and Judith FirthThe Equal Treatment Directive will make discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and religious belief unlawful from December 2003. This means that employers need to start thinking about changes to their equal opportunities policies now to ensure they are not in breach of the law. The book describes the need to adapt current practices and introduce new ones such as training to prevent racist or homophobic abuse. They may also need
to make changes to pay and benefits. If things like pensions are open to spouses, then policies will need to be amended to include same-sex partners. The penalties for not doing so could be disastrous in terms of financial pay-out and damaging publicity.
Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.