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Equality and Diversity Policy

Via-K Ltd (hereafter known as “the Company”) condemns any kind of discrimination or victimisation on the basis of a protected characteristic or association with a person who has a protected characteristic.

The Company will maintain a neutral working environment in which no employee or associated persons should feel under threat or intimidated.

Protected characteristics are sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership status, age, disability, pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, religion or belief, race, creed, colour, ethnic and national origins.

The  policy  will  be  implemented  in  accordance  with  the  appropriate  statutory  legislation  in  conjunction with Codes of Practice and guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Recruitment  and  Selection:  Job  descriptions  shall be  drafted  so  to  include  only  those  requirements strictly relevant to the job. Recruitment advertisements shall be placed so as to attract the widest possible response. Where   the   applicant  must be   in   possession   of   an   occupation professional   qualification   or   relevant abilities experience, this shall be clearly stated. All applicants shall receive fair treatment and be selected for interview solely on the basis of their possession of the relevant abilities and/or experience and/or qualifications. Successful interviewees shall be selected for employment based solely on their possession of the professional attributes necessary for the position concerned.

Promotion  and  Training: Promotions  will  be awarded solely  on  merit.  Opportunities  for  training  which are normally linked to skills and qualifications related to business needs, shall be available to all staff. 

Grievance procedures: The Grievance Procedure as set out in the Employee Handbook shall apply equally to all employees. 

Directors & senior management will pay particular attention to grievances which may result from discrimination or victimisation and it shall be their responsibility to ensure all staff comply with the requirements of this policy 

Monitoring: Senior management take responsibility for reviewing and monitoring employment records to ensure adherence to this policy. The results of any monitoring procedure will be reviewed at regular intervals to assess the effectiveness of the implementation of this policy.  Consideration will be given, if necessary, to adjusting this policy to afford greater equality of opportunities to all applicants and staff.

Communication: PlanB Consulting has an open-door policy and all feedback is welcome in respect of both this policy and any other policy or practice within the business. 

Update, its Equality & Diversity Policy annually in consultation with staff, associates and legislation. 

Kim Maclean-Bristol CEO & Director

Date: 21 Feb 2022

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