Employers should review new workplace harassment publication


By Patrick Howarth

The activity being undertaken to tackle workplace harassment shows no sign of slowing down as we head into 2020. In fact the publication of an 84 page guidance document from the Equality and Human Rights Commission reflects the need for increased focus on this issue by employers. 

Foot Anstey's own recent survey into harassment in the retail sector suggested 1 in 10 shop workers have experienced inappropriate behaviour by customers or colleagues  

We all know why employers need to tackle this issue - it cuts across any attempt to build a positive culture, has the potential for huge reputational damage, and leads to distracting and costly legal claims.

The guidance isn't a new piece of legislation. But HR teams and employers do need to find time to review it as any failure to comply with the advice could be raised as part of an employment tribunal case.

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