April 10, 2021

Today 10th April 2021, GPEG have written a further letter in the press with inaccurate reference to a number of issues. This blog will address a number of those with the evidence and data collated in the last few years.

1) Slighted amended = considerable consultation

Considerable consultation took place with the community in 2019 ( over 1,000 responses to the consultation were received by the Committee for Employment and Social Security for more information on the consultation) which resulted substantially different (watered down) proposals being drafted (March 2020) and brought to the assembly in July 2020.

A number of events and meetings were held to publicise the consultation and page 89 of the Consultation findings gives a list of those meetings.

2) P&R support for the revised anti discrimination proposals

GPEG referred to the consultation letter from Policy and Resources (P & R) on the draft policy proposals consulted on in 2019.

In July 2020 P & R sent a letter supporting the new proposals for anti discrimination legislation that was in the Policy Letter which went the States in July 2020. You can read P and R’s letter of support here.

3) G4 support for the revised anti-discrimination proposals

This is one of the most misleading statements of the whole GPEG letter in todays Guernsey Press
Deputy Dudley Owen (ED at the time) made this comment in relation to the original proposals in the consultation in 2019 and not the ones unanimously approved in July 2020.
You can read the G5 (G4 inc CIPD) open letter to States deputies here and below.
GPEG is aware G4 now supports the revised proposals (with some concern over phasing) and we are working with G4: Guernsey Chamber, IOD Guernsey, CIPD Guernsey Branch on new initiatives to support organisations with resources and training in the lead up to Phase 1 late 2022.


July 13, 2020 by Ian Le Moigne

Dear Deputies

On behalf of the Institute of Directors (IoD), Guernsey Chamber of Commerce, Guernsey International Business Association (GIBA), the Confederation of Guernsey Industry (CGI) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) and ahead of the debate regarding the proposed approach to anti-discrimination legislation, we would like to draw your attention to a joint statement we made in June.

In addition to the points made in our previous statement and below, we would like to be clear that we hope the legislation will progress without any further delay. These are the key themes:

We have always been clear in our support for appropriate anti-discrimination legislation

We welcome the changes made by the Committee for Employment & Social Security (ESS) and the latest version of the policy letter

We have been keen advocates for the adoption of the Jersey system as we believe this could have been rapidly implemented. In addition, the legislation has been proven to work and is familiar to some businesses in Guernsey, especially those with a pan-island presence.

We believe that now is the time for action and, therefore, we support the Committee for Employment and Social Security’s proposal for anti-discrimination legislation

Throughout the review process, we have asked for an impact analysis from the States of Guernsey, to help better inform the understanding of the practical implications of the proposed legislation. We ask again for this vital analysis to help prepare local businesses for a successful implementation.

We are keen to work alongside government and other stakeholders throughout the legislative process to ensure a smooth and successful implementation.

We note that a phased implementation has worked particularly well in Jersey and strongly advocate that a similar approach be taken here. We, therefore, support the three-stage phased approach that the committee proposes and which is essential to enable businesses to prepare for this wide-ranging and significant legislation.

Extensive guidance will be particularly useful for businesses leaders, especially on the disability elements of the law. Additionally, a particular concern for our members is that the new regime will depend upon an adequately resourced occupational health infrastructure to support the implementation.

We believe that in order to effectively implement the legislation and develop the guidance, a working group with business representation should be established.

Additionally, to help business prepare for the legislation, and for good governance, we ask for the States of Guernsey to share their impact analysis. However, we believe that this should happen as a part of the usual process of drafting and implementation of the legislation and supporting guidance.

We believe both actions can be accommodated within the implementation timetable set out by ESS and should not, therefore, lead to any delay, nor should it stop the States of Guernsey passing the proposals at the July meeting.

In conclusion, we believe that Guernsey’s economic and social wellbeing depends on a thriving business community and we hope we can work together to bring about legislation that best serves the whole island.

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