National AIDS Trust has been advising employers on how best to support people living with HIV at work for many years. This workshop will be delivered by National AIDS Trust policy experts and a solicitor who specialises in employment and discrimination law from Leigh Day. You will also hear from a person living with HIV about their experiences in the workplace.
Russell T. Davies' ground-breaking drama ‘It’s a Sin’ highlights the discrimination many people living with HIV faced at work in the early days of the epidemic. We’ve come a long way since then. We know that employers want to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels welcome and supported.
However, we know that:
- only 32% of the public say they would feel comfortable working with someone living with HIV
- nearly 2 in 5 people think their employer should tell them if a colleague is HIV
- 80% of the population think it is false or do not know that HIV cannot be passed on by someone living with HIV on effective treatment
- only 17% of people living with HIV share their status outside of the immediate social network, such as neighbours or co-workers.
This workshop is designed to help you and your organisation:
- understand current equality law and best practice
- understand how to meet your obligations under the Equality Act 2010
- develop ways to make your workplace more inclusive and supportive of people living with HIV.
In the workshop we will cover:
- introduction to HIV
- HIV now and then
- the Equality Act 2010 and HIV in the workplace
- what does good practice and policy look like?
- how you can ensure your workplace is free of HIV related stigma and discrimination.
Who should attend?
Anyone who wants to learn about best practice around HIV in the workplace is welcome.
It will be particularly useful for those working in compliance teams, HR and Diversity & Inclusion teams.