EQUALITIES POLICY 2014

Sim Building Group recognises the dignity and worth of every individual and shall promote equality of opportunity for all.

Sim Building Group supports equality of opportunity and recognises the “Protected Characteristics” as defined in the Equality Act 2010. Sim Building Group is committed to oppose all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, colour, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

This Policy covers all aspects of employment, from vacancy advertising, selection recruitment and training, to conditions of service and reasons for termination of employment.

To ensure this policy is fair (and for no other purpose) the company shall maintain records of employees’ and applicants racial origins, gender and disability.

The company’s Equalities Policy and the measures to implement it have been devised on the basis of advice from the relevant bodies as well as in consultation with the appropriate union and/or employee representative.

Martin Sim, the Managing Director is responsible for the effective operation of this policy. A copy of this policy is available from Sim Building Group.

THE POLICY
Wherever possible, all vacancies will be advertised simultaneously internally and externally. This company will ensure active compliance with the Equalities Act 2010 as detailed below.

AGE
It is the policy of Sim Building Group to endeavour to ensure that discrimination does not occur within the company in terms of age. Where appropriate, the Company will ensure, and provide the necessary assistance to ensure that people are treated fairly in all aspects of Company practices including the provision of opportunities, training, and career progression for all.

DISABILITY
It is the policy of Sim Building Group to ensure that discrimination does not occur on grounds of disability. The Company recognise that it is an offence under the Equality Act 2010 for an employer of any size to discriminate against a person because of a disability.

Wherever possible, the Company will provide opportunities and training for disabled people, including those who become disabled, in order to make the best possible use of skills and potential.

GENDER REASSIGNMENT
Sim Building Group acknowledge that a persons gender (the way they appear to others) may change/ be changed due to personal, social or medical reasons and that such persons are protected from discrimination under the Equality Act. 2010

MARRIAGE AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIP
Sim Building Group acknowledges that employees who are married or in a civil partnership are protected Under the Equalities Act 2010.

PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY
On receiving written notification from an employee that she is pregnant, Sim Building Group shall conduct a risk assessment, which takes into account any advice provided by the woman's GP or Midwife on her health. If the risk cannot be removed Sim Building Group will adjust her working conditions and/or hours of work; or if that is not possible offer her suitable alternative work if available.

RACE
It is the policy of Sim Building Group to ensure that race discrimination does not occur and, in accordance with the Equalities Act 2010, to promote equality of opportunity for all. Where individuals have particular cultural needs, the Company, where practicable, will endeavour to accommodate these needs, within the constraints of operational requirements. Each situation and request will be treated individually.

RELIGION OR BELIEF
Sim Building Group is committed to ensuring fairness and equal access to all employees no matter what their faith or beliefs.

SEX
It is the policy of Sim Building Group to ensure that discrimination due to a person’s sex does not occur. In accordance with the Equalities Act 2010, we shall promote equality of opportunity between males and females within Sim Building Group and, to those applying to the Company.

SEXUAL ORIENTATION
Sim Building Group and employees acting in the course of their employment shall endeavour to deter assumptions/presumptions as to a person’s sexual orientation or partner choices.

Martin Sim (Managing Director)

Rev. 01: April 2014
Review: March 2015


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