In the first collaboration between the two organisations, this seminar looks to approach the subject not only from a point of the approved policy directing the drafting of the legislation but also using the experience of Guernsey Employment Trust, to focus on the very practical nature of the requirements all employers will soon be required to comply with.
Presenting on behalf of Focus HR is John Ioannou-Droushiotis, HR Consultant and on behalf of GET will be Nikki Ioannou-Droushiotis, Chief Executive and Elaine Strappini, Employment Development Manager.
John Ioannou-Droushiotis, Focus HR Consultant said: “We are pleased to partner with GET to present this informative session. Our aim is to assist employers prepare for the forthcoming legislation by furthering their understanding on the subject of reasonable adjustments, what it means and what to consider. Line managers do not have to deal with these issues on a daily basis so when such matters arise they may be lacking the confidence and skills to approach them in a proactive manner. We aim for this presentation to provide practical advice, while addressing the issues and barriers in relation to employment and disability”.
Focus HR were the first HR company to show their proactivity towards improving workplace practices for disabled people, by signing up to GET’s initiative – the Employers’ Disability Charter. The combined knowledge of both organisations in employment law, good practice and day to day experience in supporting disabled people and their employers will hopefully provide an informative session for hiring/recruitment managers and small business owners. When considering the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of islanders and the push for diversity following the global movement on black lives matter, alongside the unanimous passing of the local discrimination legislation, businesses need to consider how to approach and make reasonable adjustments sooner rather than later. Many reasonable adjustments make good business sense, costing little or nothing to implement and creating a win-win scenario for the employee and employer.
Nikki Ioannou-Droushiotis, Chief Executive of GET said: “We have good links with Focus HR. They encourage disabled people to apply to their customer job vacancies as well as acting as disability ambassadors, encouraging their customer base to interact with GET. We look forward to this interactive event and hope that our complementing skillsets will benefit the audience. We hope that attendees will leave with some quick-win and longer term measures that they can action in their respective workplaces to improve workplace practices for staff and potential applicants. Both services will be available to offer advice and guidance after the event. We look forward to seeing both familiar and new faces.”
The event is being held on 22 September 2020 at the Chamber of Commerce office and is free to attend. To register for this event, click here.