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Consultation on law reform on discrimination and harassment

The Government is consulting on whether to abolish ’unworkable’ rules under the Equality Act relating to harassment of employees by third parties. Under the rules, employers are liable to their staff for third party harassment where they failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it.

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This update was published in Legal Alert - July 2012

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Repeal of the provisions could save organisations up to £300,000 annually, and the Government says the proposals strike the right balance for employers and employees. Organisations would, however, still need to implement measures that try to prevent third party harassment.

The Government is also consulting on removing provisions that prescribe questionnaires for use by individuals contemplating a discrimination claim. The forms let individuals gather key facts and information, help them make informed decisions whether or not to bring formal legal proceedings and, if so, effectively present their cases.

The closing date for submitting views is 7 August 2012.

Operative date
Until 7 August 2012

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