This policy is non-contractual and does not form part of your terms and conditions of employment and may be subject to change at any time. However, this is not applicable to any statutory rights you may have.
We are committed to ensuring that we provide an environment where you are respected and feel able to give your best to Kelly Services. We believe this is achieved by not only empowering you to be the very best you can be, but by having an environment where decisions that impact you, are based on skills and experience. By doing this, we believe our organisation will be better positioned to service our candidates and clients, it simply makes good business sense!
Under no circumstances will any form of discrimination, bullying and or harassment be tolerated (on or off premises) by colleagues Line Managers, clients and visitors.
All Colleagues UK, Ireland and Kelly Secondment Employees (KSEs).
In the UK, the Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the following protected characteristics:
Age Disability Gender Reassignment Marriage and Civil Partnership Pregnancy and Maternity Race Religion or Belief Sex Sexual orientation
In Ireland, the Equality Acts 1998 - 2015 makes it unlawful to discriminate on the following protected characteristics:
Gender (man, woman or transsexual) Civil status (includes civil partners & former civil partners) Family status Sexual orientation Religion or belief Age Disability Race Membership of the Traveller community
Discrimination is defined as treating a colleague less favourably based on one of the above characteristics.
To ensure our organisation is a diverse one which promotes inclusivity all new starters are required to complete our mandatory Equality learning on our Kelly Learning system.
You must take personal responsibility to ensure that we do not directly or indirectly discriminate. Under no circumstances should any decisions be made based on an individual’s protected characteristics including, but not limited to, during the recruitment or selection process, selection for any learning or development or stretch assignments or through the Total Compensation Review (TCR) process or the Talent Review Process (TRP).
_Bullying and Harassment
Our environments should always be free of harassment and bullying. Every person should be treated with dignity. Kelly Services will not tolerate any form of bullying or harassment on or off its premises. Line Managers must ensure that employees do not suffer from bullying and harassment.
Matters related to bullying or harassment will be dealt with fairly, confidentially, sensitively and under the company’s Disciplinary and Grievance Policy. There is a range of actions the company can take such as suspension, transfer, written warnings and in case of serious misconduct immediate termination of employment with Kelly Services.
Unfounded allegations of discrimination, bullying and or harassment will also be treated under our Disciplinary and Grievance Policy. This will be managed fairly and objectively.
“Unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual.”
Sexual harassment is also unacceptable within the work place and as other types of harassment and or bullying will not be tolerated.
“Offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.”
The following list gives examples of bullying/harassing behaviour in the workplace. This is not an exhaustive list.
Spreading malicious rumours, or insulting someone by word or behaviour; Copying memos that are critical about someone to others who do not need to know; Ridiculing or demeaning someone – picking on them or setting them up to fail; Exclusion or victimization, unfair treatment; Overbearing supervision or other misuse of power or position; Unwelcome sexual advances – touching, standing too close, display of offensive materials, asking for sexual favours, making decisions on the basis of sexual advances being accepted or rejected; Making threats or comments about job security without foundation; Deliberately undermining a competent worker by overloading and constant criticism; Preventing individuals progressing by intentionally blocking promotion or training opportunities.
If you find that a particular behaviour at work is offensive even when not directed at you, you can complain to your Line Manager or to the HR Team.
In addition, you do not need to have a protected characteristic yourself, it may be that you are associated with a person who has a protected characteristic or he or she is wrongly perceived to have one, or treated if they do.
Harassment policy will not apply to employees who are pregnant or on maternity treating them unfavourably may be considered discrimination. Moreover, the policy will not apply to those who are married or on a civil partnership as there is no significant evidence for it. Nonetheless, it may also be treated as discrimination.
If you have been harassed and or bullied at work please speak to your Line Manager immediately.
To support our inclusive and diverse environment should you require us to consider any reasonable adjustment which will allow you to perform your role to the best of your ability either during the selection processes or during the course of your employment, please contact a member of the HR team who will discuss your requirements with you.
You will be requested to complete an Equality and Diversity questionnaire on commencing your employment with Kelly Services. The purpose of us monitoring this data is to understand the demographics of our organisation and consider what if any positive action may be required.
We do also ask all registered Kelly Services workers to complete an Equality and Diversity form, should this form be completed the data must be recorded in Tomass.
Like with our Kelly Colleagues this data allows us to understand the demographics of our workers and what if any positive action we should be considering.
We are committed to equality and diversity and our desire is to do more than the legislation stipulates as mandatory. In 2016 we won an award from RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) for our work in the area of disability with one of our larger clients and we are continuing to look at ways across the business where we can bring the inclusivity agenda to life.
_Complaints/ Grievances of Discrimination
If you believe you have been personally subject to any form of discrimination, bullying and or harassment by any individual/s e.g. fellow colleagues, Line Manager, client and or candidate and or have witnessed an act of discrimination, bullying and or harassment please report this immediately to the HR team or to your Line Manager.
Allegations of discrimination, bullying and or harassment will be managed sensitively in line with our Grievance Policy.
You have a right not to be victimised for making a complaint even if the complaint is not upheld. However, false or malicious allegations against a colleague may lead to disciplinary action being taken in line with our Disciplinary Policy.
Anyone found to have discriminated, bullied and or harassed another colleague is likely to have their employment terminated with immediate effect.
_Trade Union Membership
Trade Union Membership rights are not covered under the Equality Acts in the UK or in the Republic of Ireland, however it is unlawful to discriminate an employee who is a member of a Trade Union. Kelly Services does not recognise a Trade Union in these countries, but the company does recognise that employees have a right to be a member of a Trade Union of their choice and will not accept employees being discriminated or treated unfavourably in the workplace for exercising their Trade Union membership rights.
Complaints of discrimination related to Trade Union membership will be dealt under our Disciplinary & Grievance Policies. You can find full details of your trade union membership statutory rights by following one of the links below: