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Hot Topics: Transgender Discrimination and Cost of Living Support

Current estimates place the number of transgender people in UK at between 200,000 and 500,000 (according to the Government Equalities Office). With the increased awareness of transgender rights, employers must be mindful the current situation and have appropriate policies in place.
Hot Topics transgender Discrimination and Cost of Living Support

Failure to ensure that your that staff understand correct behaviour can land employers in trouble. For example, refusing to address a transgender person by their chosen pronoun can lead to accusations of transgender discrimination. To avoid this situation, it is recommended that employers have a well-drafted policy that complies with current case law.

Cost of Living Support

Another hot topic in HR at the moment is the question of whether employers have a duty of care to their employees to support them during the current cost-of-living crisis? Failure to support employees could leave an employer open to claims of negligence, failure to uphold employee health & safety or protection of employee’s mental health.

Again, the need for appropriate policies is clear and employers should consider offering an employee assistance scheme.

As a member, through Chamber Protect, you have FREE access to a library of HR templates to make drafting your policies much easier.

If you have any questions, concerns or problems regarding transgender discrimination or cost of living support please call the Chamber HR advice line on 01455 852 037.


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