New Code of Practice on Harassment

By MSS Apr 04, 2022

 

A new Statutory 'Code of Practice on Sexual Harassment and Harassment at Work’ has recently been published by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.  

The purpose of the Code of Practice is to promote and assist in the development and implementation of policies and procedures within the workplace to ensure working environments are free from Harassment and that all employees dignity is respected.

The provisions of this code are admissible in evidence in proceedings before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), Labour Court or Court in proceedings under Part VII of the Employment Equality Acts (1998-2015) (‘EEA’), where the adjudicating body can take into account an employer’s adherence, or lack thereof, to the code when deciding whether or not to uphold a claim against an employer.

The main aim of this code of practice is to give practical guidance to employers, employees, and representative bodies on:

• What is meant by employment-related sexual harassment and harassment

• How it can be prevented

• What steps ensure that adequate procedures are readily available to deal with the problem and to prevent its recurrence.

 

For the above reasons , it is very important for employers to note that a well written policy on harassment at work is an integral part of equality strategies in the workplace. Employers should be seen to have the policy in place, ensure that all employees at all levels are familiar with it, and most importantly ensure adherence to the policy consistently.

This policy will be most effective when operated in conjunction with similar polices on bullying, equal opportunity and health and safety.

If you do not have such policies in place you should immediately address this.

Full Code of Practice is available here.

If you require assistance with putting in place harassment policies or addressing harassment at work, please contact us for advice today (01) 8870690.



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