The core task of responsible HR management
As required by EU standards, Hungary has had anti-discrimination laws in force since January 2004. Law 2003./CXXV. („Requirements of equal treatment and the furtherance of equal opportunities”) defines what behaviour is categorised as negative discrimination, sets out the options victims of discrimination have for legal recourse and the sanctions that can be placed on offenders.
The Equal Treatment Authority (ETA) can impose a fine of up to HUF 6m, while the Labour Inspectorate may do so up to the amount of HUF 8m.
The law specifically deals with the field of employment, and the practices show that those reprimanded by the ETA are mostly those employers who were fined due to age-, ethnicity-, sex- or disability-related discrimination.
Quite aside from the obvious financial impact of continuing discriminative practices, being reprimanded also negatively affects a company’s social perception.
In the background of discriminative practices are our deeply entrenched, coded biases and in many cases unconscious employment plactices which are due to the lack of information.
But discrimination is preventable!
mtd Consulting Community and the Diversity Foundation’s Education and Methodological Centre offers you the following package to combat discrimination:
1. Anti- discrimination screening
what factors do we examine?
· whether the company’s (job) advertising and selection practices conform to the requirements of equal treatment.
· whether the company has internal anti-discrimination procedures and whether there is a responsible person appointed to oversee these tasks.
2. Following the situational analysis, consultation and suggestions made for the implementation of the necessary steps
3. Awarding of antidiscrimination certificate
The anti-discrimination certificate can be awarded to the organisation that following the screening, fully implements the suggested steps (anti-discrimination training, creation of internal procedures, harmonisation of HR processes with the requirements of the equal treatment law).
The document attests to the fact that (at the time of inspection) the organisation conforms to the standards set by the antidiscrimination laws, is fair in its job advertising and selection practices, has a predefined internal protocol for dealing with and preventing cases of discrimination, its management and HR staff are fully aware of and in accordance with antidiscrimination principles and rules and also practice them. The certification is valid for 2 years, after which it can be renewed via a monitoring process.
The certificate also aids businesses in image-building as they are entitled to use the Discrimination-free organisation logo in their job advertisements, website and other documents.