It can be a daunting task for churches, mission agencies and Christian charities to keep up-to-date with their responsibilities as employers, as well as keeping abreast of employment law and HR issues that they need to be aware of in their particular context.
Equality legislation rightly seeks to protect individuals against discrimination, something which Christian employers should wholeheartedly welcome. But what about when the Christian ethos of an organisation seems to conflict with the general principle that people should not be discriminated against on the grounds of, for example, religious belief, sexual orientation and gender re-assignment?
At what point does the law allow them to say “that’s not in keeping with our beliefs”? And how can Christian organisations and churches ensure that when they seek to apply exceptions to this general principle that they do so correctly, and that everything reasonably possible has been done to assert the organisation’s position in a way that will give the best chance of defending a discrimination claim?
During the course of the afternoon we’ll look at topics such as:
- When can you assert that a role must be undertaken by a Christian?
- How does the law define ‘discrimination’ and how do we define a ‘Christian’ in such circumstances?
- Getting the job description right to justify that the role must be undertaken by a Christian
- How do you test whether someone meets that requirement – statements of faith, references, codes of conduct etc.?
- What about issues such as sexual orientation and gender reassignment?
- Having HR policies that are reflective of your Christian ethos
- What does this mean for the conduct that the employer can expect from the employee inside and outside of work?
The cost is £15 to people from GC member agencies and churches. Cost for non GC members is £40. Tea and coffee will be available from 3:15pm.