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New law: Government proposes new duty on employers to prevent certain forms of harassment and victimisation in the workplace

Author: Atom Content Marketing

Published: 01 Sep 2021

Employers are reviewing a government response to an earlier consultation, proposing a new duty on employers to prevent certain forms of harassment and victimisation in the workplace.

The proposed duty in the ‘Consultation outcome: Consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace: government response’ is for employers to protect workers from sexual harassment, and from harassment by customers, clients and other third parties, by taking ‘all reasonable steps’ to prevent it. It is also proposed to extend the time limit for bringing discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal.

It is proposed that the Equality and Human Rights Commission will publish guidance for employers in due course.

It does not seem that the new protections are intended to extend to interns or volunteers, but the government says that best practice will be to apply new policies as if they did.

Operative date

  • To be announced



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