The Consultation on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace was launched by the UK Government’s Equalities Office on 11 July (closing on 2 October).
The consultation makes it clear that employee protections under equality law is separate to wider employment rights.
The consultation asks about 5 distinct areas –
1. the creation of a new equality duty on employers – to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment of employees;
2. Better clarification of existing Equality Act duty on employers to protect employees from third party harassment;
3. Extend Equality Act protections to include Volunteers and Interns;
4. Employment Tribunal time limits for equality cases;
5. Work to identify workplace interventions that are effective. Calling for details of any other sexual harassment interventions that should be considered by UK Gov.
As the consultation is seeking views on extending protections to Volunteers this is a consultation that is relevant to the third sector so please share widely with your networks.