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Harassed at work?
Workers who are harassed or attacked at work by third parties such as members of the public are going to lose the right to bring a discrimination claim against their employer for failing to protect them, under new legislation.

Next month, the Government is repealing the 'third party harassment' provisions in the Equality Act 2010, which gave the responsibility with employers for staff who are repeatedly harassed at work.

Under the current law, if an employer is aware that a member of staff has been harassed twice and has failed to put in measures to protect the staff member, on the third occasion the worker is harassed then the employer is liable for the harassment. This has often been referred to as the “Three strikes” ruling.

The Government, which is bringing in the legislation as part of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform bill, believes the move will help cut red tape and boost business growth.

However, it is important that employers are aware that they will still need to take reasonable steps to protect their employees as they have a duty of care towards them froma health and safety and wellbeing perspective.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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