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Government sexual harassment survey

In one of the largest ever surveys of its kind to be carried out, the Government Equalities
Office is surveying thousands of victims of sexual harassment as the government continues to address the issue of harassment in the workplace.

Wanting to strengthen protection for workers, the government has issued a survey to 12,000 workers, inviting them to share their experience of sexual harassment. The government hopes the survey will “build a picture of how many people are affected” as well as shed light on “where they have experienced harassment; and what forms of harassment they have experienced.”

Alongside this, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has published draft guidance, advising employers on how to make their workplace safe from sexual harassment. You can access the
guidance here.

Comment

We will continue to monitor the government’s plans in future updates but in the meantime, we recommend you review the draft guidance and consider what measures you can implement now. For
example, it may be a good time to review your anti-harassment policy or implement one if you do not have one. Rolling out staff training on acceptable conduct at work may be another option to
consider. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss this further.


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