Arts & Business South East has granted local employment law specialists Martin Searle solicitors £1,000 to stage a live performance in the foyer of the Brighton Business Centre throughout the two-day B2B South East event (October 26-27, 2005).
Martin Searle solicitors, working with HR and training specialists Calibre HR & Training, has hired actors from a local theatre group Rational Madness. Through several five-minute sketches entitled ‘Appointing the Right Person’ they will highlight the equality and diversity issues employers need to address in their recruitment and selection procedures.
An Iranian actress, an actor with serious phobias covered under the Disability Discrimination Act and an actress with HR experience will be performing recognisable scenarios in a humorous but hard-hitting way. A legal expert will then discuss each one with the audience, clarifying which approach meets employers’ legal requirements and which goes further to represent best practice.
The performances could not have taken place without the grant from Arts & Business South East, a charity and independent business organisation that creates mutually beneficial partnerships between the business and cultural sectors. Arts & Business South East arts and operations manager Michael Blake says: “Diversity and equality are priority issues for Arts & Business South East and we are delighted to support martin searle solicitors in its bid to use the arts as a way of demonstrating the importance of an effective approach to this issue.”
Martin Searle solicitors’ employment law team believes businesses benefit from a diverse workforce, and that as much as possible must be done to ensure that employers use best practice techniques when appointing the right person. One of the employment law directors Miranda Martin says: “We hope to help local companies become best practice employers in this area as well as to offer advice and support to those individuals who are experiencing or have experienced discrimination.”
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