Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 242


EOC’s autumn training programme now open for application

The EOC is now accepting applications for training workshops in its 2020 Autumn programme. On offer are four free-of-charge courses, namely, “Introduction to the Anti-discrimination Ordinances in Hong Kong”, “Understanding Unlawful Harassment under the Anti-discrimination Ordinances”, “Promoting a Culturally Inclusive Workplace” and a brand new course explaining the latest amendments to the ordinances that came into force in June 2020. Five paid courses are also available, focusing on more specific issues such as preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, handling complaints, and managing recruitment and selection processes.

Running from early October to early December 2020, the courses are designed primarily for employers, HR practitioners and managers. Around half will be delivered online. Places are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested parties should register at least seven working days prior to the date of the relevant course.

The above programme is part of the EOC’s larger effort to equip both private and public organisations with a sound and updated knowledge of the city’s anti-discrimination laws and how they may apply in their day-to-day work. Just last month, the Commission hosted a webinar for members of its EO Club. A 70-strong audience showed up to hear from Dr Ferrick CHU, Executive Director (Operations) of the EOC and Mr Peter READING, Senior Legal Counsel of the EOC about the new protections for employees resulting from recent legislative changes, and examples of acts and policies that are likely to be unlawful under the amended laws.

As provisions prohibiting breastfeeding discrimination have been introduced and will be effective on 19 June 2021, Ms Jacy CHAN and Ms Kaeru CHAN, Chairperson and Committee Member of the Hong Kong Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association respectively, were also present at the webinar to recount the obstacles they had come across when breastfeeding at work, while sharing tips on communicating one’s needs as a breastfeeding woman to employers and co-workers effectively. They were joined by registered nurse Ms IP Sek-lan and Ms Jayla KAN, Community Engagement Officer from the UNICEF, who discussed, respectively, the benefits of breastfeeding and how to create a breastfeeding-friendly workplace with limited resources.

For enquiries about the EOC’s Autumn training programme, please contact us at 2106 2155 or eoc@eoc.org.hk.