Six things that have been banned in workplaces this year

4. Words and phrases

In effect this year, Liverpool FC have banned staff from using certain ‘inappropriate’ words. The club issued a document to all members of staff stating that they wished “to eradicate any form of discrimination or discriminatory behaviour both on and off the football pitch.”

So, no longer will we be hearing players to tell anyone to “man up” or that they “play like a girl.” Yes, those were two specific examples in the document.

The handout gave detailed terms under the headings of gender, disability, sexual orientation and race/religion.

“The guide forms part of an overall awareness programme, and is a positive and proactive step in educating staff and stewards at the club,” said Lord Herman Ouseley, chair of Kick It Out.

“Match day stewards must be trained on dealing with incidents of discrimination and unacceptable behaviour in order to eradicate it from our stadiums, and more and more football clubs are using Kick It Out’s Equality Standard as a framework to develop this education across all areas of the business.”

5. Criminal history questions

There has been a growing trend taking the world by storm. Although many countries and states had deliberated on the subject before, they seem to be implementing it this year.

Due to “ban the box”, it’s becoming frowned upon to inquire about criminal history on initial applications, unless absolutely necessary for the job. The measure states that a company can not “inquire about or into, consider, or require disclosure of the criminal record or criminal history of an applicant until the applicant has been determined qualified for the position and notified that the applicant has been selected for an interview … or, if there is not an interview, until after conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant.”

And with 9.2m people in the UK who have a criminal record due to a petty crime – more than the entire population of London – it will give employers a bigger talent pool to choose from.

6. Wine in the workplace

Until now, although alcoholic drinks were on a list of beverages which could be banned, wine was never added.

However, due to the fact that “alcohol is the biggest psycho-active substance consumed”, France’s employment ministry has given employers leeway to ban wine from the workplace as it “threatens the security and the physical and mental well-being of workers”.

It’s been said that work canteens served bottles of wine and that in 1980 more than half of French adults were having one or two wine glasses a day.

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