Harassment in the workplace
Effective 7 March 2023
The UK ratified the International Labour Organisation’s Violence and Harassment Convention on 7 March 2022. It will come into force on this date in 2023.
This is a first-of-its-kind global common framework for action to eradicate workplace violence and harassment.
In parallel, the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Bill was introduced by Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse as a Private Members Bill in June 2022.
The purpose of the bill is to protect employees from third party sexual harassment in the workplace by imposing new duties on employees.
It has passed its first and second readings and committee stage without amendment and with cross party support. It is likely to become law later this year.