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Promoting equality

Under the Non-Discrimination Act, authorities, education providers and employers are required to promote equality.

The measures promoting equality must be effective, expedient and proportionate, taking into account the operating environment, resources and other circumstances.

These actors must evaluate the realisation of equality in their activities and take necessary measures to promote the realisation of equality.

Authorities must, in their respective sectors, evaluate the realisation of equality for instance in preparation, decision-making, administrative practices and procedures, management, performance management and performance agreements, financial planning, strategic planning and publicity. For extensive or otherwise significant projects, it should be assessed whether the projects will have an impact on the rights, responsibilities or status of groups vulnerable to discrimination.

Education providers must evaluate the realisation of equality for instance with reference to student admission criteria, teaching materials, measures to prevent harassment and bullying, equality in teaching situations, grading of student performance and teachers’ competence in non-discrimination matters.

Employers must evaluate the realisation of equality in the workplace and, according to the needs of the workplace, develop working conditions and practices observed in hiring and in HR decisions.

Moreover, authorities, education providers and employers with 30 or more regular employees must draw up an equality promotion plan covering the measures employed to foster equality.