Measures announced to combat Sexual Harassment at Work


Posted on: Jul 23,2019


Measures announced to combat Sexual Harassment at Work

The Women and Equalities Select Committee reported earlier this year that sexual harassment in the workplace is “widespread and commonplace”. It recommended that the government put sexual harassment at the top of its agenda, advising that (a) regulators should take a more active role, (b) enforcement processes should be modified to work better for employees and set out in code of practice; and (c) the use of non-disclosure agreements should be reviewed.

Following that report, the government has agreed:

  • to the introduction of a new Code of Practice designed to give employers a better understanding of their legal responsibilities to protect staff;
  • to carry out awareness-raising work with ACAS, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and employers.
  • to check that the list of organisations who can receive whistle-blowing information includes the correct organisations.
  • to publish data on workplace sexual harassment at least every three years; and
  • to consult on a variety of issues including (i) the oversight and regulation of non-disclosure agreements, (ii) ways to strengthen and clarify the laws in relation to third-party harassment, (iii) the evidence for extending employment tribunal time limits for Equality Act 2010 cases, and (iv) the potential introduction of a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

For more information, follow these links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-announces-new-code-of-practice-to-tackle-sexual-harassment-at-work

Government Response to the Women and Equalities Select Committee – https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmwomeq/1801/180102.htm

Recent Posts

Recent Posts

DISCLAIMER

The information and content on this website is provided for general information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice. Legal information or content on this website relates only to the laws of England and Wales. You should not take any actions based on information found on this website without first seeking appropriate legal advice with respect to your specific matter. No representations or warranties are made about the suitability, currentness, comprehensiveness and/or accuracy of the information and other content contained on this website. It should be noted that legal information and content can rapidly become out of date and we give no undertaking to keep this website up to date. All liability for any loss or damage of any kind which may be suffered as a result of accessing and using the information and/or content of this website is hereby excluded to the full extent permitted by law.