Voisin law firm and the Citizens Advice Bureau will deliver a free presentation to the public addressing the complexities and practicalities of Jersey’s new anti discrimination law.
The Draft Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013 was passed by the States on 14th May 2013 and will come into force on 1st September 2014. The new law will initially protect against race discrimination in the context of employment, the provision of goods, facilities and services, education, access to use of public premises, disposal or management of premises, clubs and requests for information.
The presentation will take place on 30th July at St Paul’s Centre from 1-2pm. The talk will feature three speakers; Dexter Flynn, English Solicitor, Voisin law firm, Malcolm Ferey, CEO, Jersey Citizens Advice Bureau and Stephanie Sanderson, legal assistant, Voisin law firm.
Mr Flynn will talk about how the law will effect individuals and businesses and answer questions any members of the public may have. Mr Ferey will give practical examples of how the law will work outside of the employment situation. .
Citizens Advice Bureau which already provides professional advice regarding personal matters have already received requests about the affect the new law will have on members of the public. Voisin law firm regularly give members of the public legal advice about the employment law and Human Resources legislation.
Dexter Flynn, English Solicitor, Voisin law firm, commented:
‘Over 15% of Islanders have mentioned that they have been discriminated against on grounds of their race or nationality*. The new piece of legislation will come into force to improve the lives of Islanders but it will be an added cost for businesses especially to the smaller ones. The presentation is a great opportunity for members of the public to come and learn about the new legislation and ask any questions.’
Malcolm Ferey, Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Bureau, added:
‘63% of people who say that they have been discriminated against on grounds of race or nationality in the past year are very or fairly worried that they will be discriminated against again next year.** The new law will combat these concerns and reassure the public that discrimination will not be tolerated.’
In order to reserve a seat at the presentation members of the public can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01534 500419. A light lunch and refreshments will be provided.