Equality and diversity
Police officers are protected under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in respect of unlawful discrimination at work because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation.
It is beyond the scope of this booklet to outline the implications of this legislation. Various leaflets published by the Police Federation are available from your JBB office or online in the Member’s Area of the National Police Federation website.
A member who considers that s/he may have been discriminated against on any of these grounds should contact their JBB office as a matter of urgency. Your Equality Liaison Officer (ELO) will also be able to support and advise you.
Discrimination claims to an Employment Tribunal (ET) must be made on Form ET1, which can be completed online.
The normal time limit for commencing action is three months less one day from the date of the last act or omission to act on which the claim is based.
ACAS early conciliation
Before the majority of proceedings can be commenced, it is necessary for an application to contact ACAS and complete the early conciliation (EC) procedure. This procedure is free. The EC form can be completed online and must be done at any time within the normal time limit.
Once the form has been sent, time will stop running to enable ACAS to contact the parties and attempt settlement. Up to one month will be available (with an additional 2 weeks at the discretion of ACAS where settlement appears likely).
Where settlement is not achieved, ACAS will then send an EC certificate to the applicant which includes a reference number. The applicant should include this number on the ET1. Time will start running again from the point the EC Certificate is deemed received by the applicant and s/he will have at least one month from that date in which to lodge their ET1.
Applicants are required to pay a fee to issue their claim and a separate fee for the final hearing. More information on ET fees can be found in JBB Circular 16/2013.
Contact your JBB Office for guidance and advice.
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