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Acas launches e-learning on religion and belief

Acas has launched a new free online course that aims to help employers avoid discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of religion or belief.

With over 70% of the population having a religion, Acas says employers need to be aware of the behaviours and attitudes in their workplace and to ensure good practice for a fair and open environment.

Rita Donaghy, Acas chair said: "Our new e-learning course can help employers put the right procedures in place so that issues around religion or belief are understood. No matter how professional or well run your business is bullying and discrimination can still happen.

"Some people may think the office banter is harmless or the conversation in the car park is private but employers should make it clear what is acceptable behaviour and have the proper channels available if someone has concerns about their treatment."

According to Acas, nearly 60,000 people have registered to use Acas' free e-learning courses. These cover a range of topics including managing absence, information and consultation and working parents.

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