What are Equal Employment Opportunities?
Legislation was originally introduced because it was recognised that some groups are disadvantaged in employment, and actions should be taken to enable them to have equal access to employment opportunities.
The Public Service Act 2020 outlines the expectations of organisations in promoting diversity and inclusiveness in schools, through employment policies and practices, to develop and foster a workplace that is inclusive of all groups.
The good employer requirements of the Public Service Act 2020 requires that organisations must;
(a) operate an employment policy that complies with the principle of being a good employer; and
(b) make that policy (including the equal employment opportunities programme) available to its employees; and
(c) ensure its compliance with that policy (including its equal employment opportunities programme) and report in its annual report on the extent of its compliance.
A good employer is an employer who operates an employment policy containing provisions generally accepted as necessary for the fair and proper treatment of employees in all aspects of their employment, including for—
(a) the impartial selection of suitably qualified people for appointment (except in the case of ministerial staff); and
(b) good and safe working conditions; and
(c) an equal employment opportunities programme; and
(d) recognition of—
(i) the aims and aspirations of Māori; and
(ii) the employment requirements of Māori; and
(iii) the need for greater involvement of Māori in the public service; and
(e) opportunities for the enhancement of the abilities of individual employees; and
(f) recognition of the aims and aspirations, employment requirements, and the cultural differences of ethnic and minority groups; and
(g) recognition of the employment requirements of women; and
(h) recognition of the employment requirements of people with disabilities; and
(i) recognition of the importance of achieving pay equity between female and male employees; and
(j) recognition of the importance of decisions about remuneration being free from bias including, but not limited to, gender bias.
(Section 73 Public Service Act 2020 Good Employer Requirements, Section 75 Promoting diversity and inclusiveness)
A number of Education Collective Agreements have EEO clauses in the appointments section.
For more information and resources on diversity and inclusivity, please see Diversity Works website.