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#metoo – formal consultation on tackling sexual harassment now published

The previously anticipated consultation paper on tackling sexual harassment in the workplace has now been published by the government. The two-part consultation focuses on how to make employers respect and prioritise the issue. One part of the consultation is a simple question format aimed at individuals who have experienced such issues in the workplace. The other part covers the more technical legal aspects. Interested parties have until 2 October 2019 to contribute to the consultation.

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#metoo – formal consultation on tackling sexual harassment now published

Companies to tackle sexual harassment with new #MeToo app

In order to investigate claims of sexual harassment and ensure employees are adequately protected, some companies are seeking innovative ways to try to improve their workplace culture. Recently this has included investing in #MeToo apps. These apps are intended to allow employees to discreetly report instances of sexual harassment.
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Companies to tackle sexual harassment with new #MeToo app

Government announces measures to tackle sexual harassment at work

Earlier this week the government unveiled measures designed to combat sexual harassment at work. The Women and Equalities Select Committee reported earlier this year that sexual harassment in the workplace is "widespread and commonplace". It recommended that the government put sexual harassment at the top of its agenda, advising that (a) regulators should take a more active role, (b) enforcement processes should be modified to work better for employees and set out in code of practice; and (c) the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) should be reviewed.
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Government announces measures to tackle sexual harassment at work

Further inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace

Yesterday was the final day for public submissions to the Women and Equalities Committee's (WEC) inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in harassment and discrimination cases. This new inquiry follows on the heels of the WEC's report on sexual harassment in the workplace, in which it called for the use of NDAs to be "cleaned up" and for the misuse of NDAs in the context of sexual harassment to become an offence. We also commented on this report in our August newsletter.

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Further inquiry into the use of non-disclosure agreements in the workplace