Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Questions (151)

Joan Burton


151. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has prepared written guidelines for staff and the public on dealing with transgender matters; if they are published; if staff have received training in respect of this; if her Department is participating in or making a submission regarding the review being undertaken in respect of the operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [7562/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

There are currently no guidelines that deal specifically with transgender matters. My Department is however strongly committed to equality of opportunity in all its employment practices. In this regard it strives to ensure that all staff can be confident that their rights under the Employment Equality Acts are guaranteed and that no one will receive less favourable treatment because of gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community. The Dignity at Work Policy and the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour also set out important requirements in this regard.  

Circular 42 of 2001 and Circular 24 of 2002 set out policies in respect of gender equality and equality of opportunity respectively. HR policy is set centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and they are the appropriate Department to advise as to whether any update to these polices, or if a new policy relating to transgender matters, is being considered.

My Department are monitoring the review being undertaken in respect of the operation of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 but have not made a submission to it.