Government Announces New Measures to Crackdown on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
In a statement released today, it was announced that the government will introduce a new Code of Practice to tackle workplace sexual harassment.
This was largely a response to reports made by Women and Equalities select committee which you can read here, but also research done by ComRes who found that 58% of individuals (both male and female identifying) had experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Thus, today, the press office announced that the government will:
Introduce a new statutory code of practice on sexual harassment, which will be developed by the Equality and Human Rights Commission under its Equality Act 2006 powers
Run awareness raising work with Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), Equality and Human Rights Committee (EHRC) and employers
Commission a survey to gather regular data on the prevalence of sexual harassment
Consult on non-disclosure agreements
Consult on the evidence base for a new legal duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace
Consult on strengthening and clarifying the laws on third party harassment in the workplace
Consult on whether further legal protections are required for interns and volunteers
Consult to explore the evidence for extending employment tribunal time limits for Equality Act 2010 cases
Ensure the public sector takes action to tackle and prevent sexual harassment
Work with regulators for whom sexual harassment is particularly relevant to ensure they are taking appropriate action
Consider whether further learnings can be taken from the criminal justice system to use in the employment tribunal system, to ensure vulnerable claimants have appropriate protection
Check that the list of organisations who can receive ‘whistleblowing’ information includes the right bodies
To read the full announcement click here.