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Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace - Proposal to extend Equality Act to Volunteers
Created: 07/08/2019, Updated: 08/08/2019
The consultation was launched by the UK Government’s Equalities Office on 11 July.
The consultation aims to gather evidence about whether the current laws on protecting people from sexual harassment in the workplace are effective. The consultation makes it clear that employee protections under equality law is separate to wider employment rights.
The consultation asks about 5 distinct areas –
the creation of a new equality duty on employers – to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment of employees;
better clarification of existing Equality Act duty on employers to protect employees from third party harassment;
extend Equality Act protections to include Volunteers and Interns;
employment Tribunal time limits for equality cases;
work to identify workplace interventions that are effective.
Calling for details of any other sexual harassment interventions that should be considered by UK Gov.