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Ethical & Diversity Policy

A.  Placement UK’s Commitment

(1)  General Commitment

Placement UK is committed to eliminating discrimination and promoting equality and diversity in its own policies, practices and procedures and in those areas in which it has influence.  This applies to Placement UK’s dealings with members of Placement UK (which in this policy shall include Placement UK’s employees, partners and any self-employed person engaged by the firm) and other candidates, clients and third parties. 

Placement UK will treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect and will not discriminate without lawful cause against any person, nor victimise or harass them on the grounds of their race or racial group (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), gender (including marital status, gender reassignment, pregnancy, maternity and paternity), sexual orientation (including civil partnership status), religion or belief, age or disability. 

Placement UK will take such steps and make such adjustments as are necessary in all the circumstances in order to prevent any members of Placement UK and clients from being placed at a substantial disadvantage in comparison with those who are not disabled. 

(2)  Regulation & Legislation

In implementing its equality and diversity policy, Placement UK will comply with the REC Code of Conduct and with current and any future anti-discrimination legislation and associated codes of practice and any relevant amendments or re-enactments of such legislation and any relevant amendment to such codes or further codes of practice. 

B.  Placement UK as an Employer

(1)  As an employer

Placement UK will treat all members of Placement UK and job applicants equally and fairly and not discriminate unlawfully against them.  This will, for example, include arrangements for recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment, access to training opportunities, access to promotion and transfers, grievance and disciplinary processes, demotions, selection for redundancies, dress code, references, bonus schemes, work allocation and any other employment related matters. 

 
(2)  Recruitment & Selection

Placement UK recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce and will take steps to ensure that:

(i)  we endeavour to recruit from the widest pool of qualified candidates possible;

(ii)  employment opportunities are open and accessible to all on the basis of their individual qualities and personal merits;

(iii)  selection criteria and processes do not discriminate on any of the prohibited grounds referred to above;

(iv)  all recruitment agencies acting for Placement UK are aware of its requirement not to discriminate and to act accordingly. 

(3)  Conditions of Service

Placement UK will create a working environment which is free from discrimination, victimisation and harassment and which respects the diverse backgrounds and beliefs of members of Placement UK. 

Terms and conditions of service for members of Placement UK will comply with anti-discrimination legislation.  The provision of benefits such as working hours, maternity and other leave arrangements, performance appraisal systems, dress code, bonus schemes and any other conditions of employment will not discriminate against any member of Placement UK on any of the prohibited grounds referred to above.  Where appropriate and necessary, Placement UK will endeavour to provide appropriate facilities and conditions of service which take into account the specific needs of members of Placement UK. 

(4)  Promotion & Career Development

Promotion within Placement UK will be made without reference to any of the prohibited grounds referred to above and will be based solely on merit.  The selection criteria and processes for recruitment and promotion will be kept under review to ensure that there is no unjustifiably discriminatory impact on any particular group.  Whilst positive action measures may, where lawful, be taken in accordance with relevant anti-discrimination legislation to encourage members of under-represented groups to apply for promotion opportunities, recruitment or promotion to all jobs will be based solely on merit.  All employees will have equal access to training and other career development opportunities appropriate to their experience and abilities.  However, Placement UK will take appropriate positive action measures (as permitted by anti-discrimination legislation) to provide special training and support for members of groups which are under-represented in the workforce and encourage them to take up training and career opportunities. 

C.  Suppliers & Other Third Parties

All lists, if any, of approved suppliers and databases of contractors, agents and other third parties who, or which, are regarded as suitable to be instructed by those within Placement UK have been or will be compiled only on the basis of the ability of those persons or organisations to undertake work of a particular type and do not or will not contain discriminatory exclusion, restriction or preference. 


D.  Clients

Placement UK is generally free to decide whether to accept instructions from any particular client, but any refusal to act will not be based upon any of the prohibited grounds referred to above.  Placement UK will take steps to meet the different needs of particular clients arising from its obligations under anti-discrimination legislation.  In addition, where necessary and where it is permitted by the relevant anti-discrimination legislation (for example, provisions relating to positive action or exemptions) Placement UK will seek to provide services which meet the specific needs and requests arising from clients’ ethnic or cultural background, age, gender, responsibilities as carers, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation or other relevant factors. 

E.  Promoting Equality & Diversity

Placement UK is committed to promoting equality and diversity in Placement UK as well as in those areas in which it has influence.  Members of Placement UK will be informed of this policy and will be provided with equality and diversity training appropriate to their needs and responsibilities.  All those who act on Placement UK’s behalf will be informed of this equality and diversity policy and will be expected to pay due regard to it when conducting business on Placement UK’s behalf.  In all its dealings, including those with suppliers, contractors and recruitment agencies, Placement UK will seek to promote the principles of equality and diversity.  Placement UK will make every effort to reflect its commitment to equality and diversity in its marketing and communication activities. 

F.  Implementing the Policy

(1)  Responsibility

Ultimate responsibility for implementing the policy rests with the employees of Placement UK.  Placement UK has appointed the Managing Director to be responsible for the operation of the policy.  All members of Placement UK are expected to pay due regard to the provisions of this policy and are responsible for ensuring compliance with it when undertaking their jobs or representing the firm.  Any breach of this policy by members of Placement UK will result in disciplinary action, including termination of services where appropriate. 

(2)  Complaints of Discrimination

Placement UK will treat seriously, and will take action where appropriate, concerning all complaints of breaches of this policy made by members of Placement UK, clients, suppliers or other third parties.  All complaints will be investigated in accordance with Placement UK’s grievance, disciplinary and/or complaints procedures and the complainant will be informed of the outcome. 

(3)  Monitoring & Review

This policy will be monitored and reviewed in a manner proportionate to the size and nature of Placement UK on a regular basis to measure its progress and judge its effectiveness.  In particular, Placement UK will, as appropriate (but without requiring any member of Placement UK to provide information should they not wish to do so), monitor and record:

(a)  The gender and ethnic composition of members of Placement UK as well as the number of disabled staff, at different levels of Placement UK. 

(b)  The ethnicity, gender and disability of all applicants, short-listed applicants and successful applicants for jobs and training contracts. 

(c)  The ethnicity, gender and disability of all applicants for promotion (including to partnership) and training opportunities and details of whether they were successful. 

(d)  Where it is possible to do so, and where doing so will not cause offence or discomfort to those whom it is intended to protect, the sexual orientation and religion or belief of all members of Placement UK will be monitored so as to ensure that they are not being discriminated against in terms of the opportunities or benefits available to them. 

(e)  The number and outcome of complaints of discrimination made by members of the firm, barristers, clients and other third parties. 

(f)  The disciplinary action (if any) taken against members of Placement UK by race, gender and disability. 
This information will be used to review the progress and impact of the equality and diversity policy.  Any changes required will be made and implemented. 

G.  Application & Status of this Policy

(1)  This policy is not part of any contract of employment or partnership agreement and may be changed at any time. 

(2)  Notwithstanding the above, it is a requirement of Placement UK that all members of Placement UK comply with this policy and with the provisions of the REC code of Practice. 

H.  Publication of this Policy

Every member of Placement UK will receive a copy of this policy and it will be available on request to any candidate, client or Regulation Authority.  A copy of the policy will be included on Placement UK’s website.

 


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