Organisations fail to take race equality seriously

first_imgOrganisations fail to take race equality seriouslyOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Virtually all employers charged with providing a race equality scheme underthe Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 have failed to comply with thelegislation, a survey has revealed. Public authorities were meant to have a full RES in place by 31 May 2002. Ayear on, 96 per cent do not meet the minimum requirements of the RR(A)A,according to a poll of 100 public authorities by law firm Field FisherWaterhouse. “One possible explanation is that those drafting the RES reports didnot pay enough attention to the legislation itself, relying instead onsummaries and guidance,” said Field Fisher Waterhouse partner RichardKenyon. “While some of this material is very helpful, it is possible tomiss the basic legal requirements without reference to the legislation.” A contributory factor was probably the Commission for Racial Equality’sdelay in finalising the code of practice and guidance, which were not readyuntil just before the 31 May deadline, he added. The CRE has warned HR practitioners in private firms delivering publicservices that they too must comply. The CRE’s chief executive Trevor Phillips said: “Even if the law doesnot specifically cover private sector companies, we think it essentiallycaptures [those] that work for the public sector.” “Why should public money be spent in a way that is raciallybiased?” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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