Government Announces New Measures to Crackdown on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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.

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