In July 2021, the government published its response to the consultation on sexual harassment in the workplace which launched in 2019 amidst the #MeToo movement.
The new obligation on employers is intended to force more positive steps to prevent sexual harassment at work.
Defending a sexual harassment claim
To defend a sexual harassment claim, employers will have to show that they have taken “all reasonable steps” to prevent it. In practice, this could be difficult to prove, but robust, actively-referenced policies are a good starting point.
As employees transition back from home-working to office-working, there is currently a focus on creating a safe working environment. Why not incorporate a review of your equality & diversity policies and procedures, and put some management training in place, to provide an even safer workplace for your staff?