sexual harassment

Employers need to be alive to their responsibilities and potential liabilities as the government’s focus on workplace sexual harassment continues

In a move which continues to demonstrate the government’s commitment to tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, and reinforces the importance which employers need to attach to this issue, the Government Equalities Office has published a consultation paper today which explores the existing protections for workers and how these could potentially be strengthened. This step is the latest in a series of high profile inquiries into workplace sexual harassment, and follows the government’s earlier consultation on Measures to prevent the misuse of confidentiality clauses in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination (for which a response is still awaited), plus a …

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Government’s response to WEC’s report on sexual harassment in the workplace

Earlier this year, the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) launched an inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, gathering a range of evidence from oral and written submissions. This culminated in July 2018 in the publication of its report on Sexual harassment in the workplace, which found that the Government, regulators and employers are all failing to tackle the issue. On 18 December 2018, the Committee published the Government’s response to its report. The WEC recommendations  The WEC’s report highlighted five key calls-to-action, including; Putting sexual harassment at the top of the agenda by: Introducing a new duty on employers …

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