Secret Santa | 3 ways to keep gift-giving fun, without unwrapping HR issues

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Love it or hate it, Secret Santa is something many workplaces participate in in the lead up to Christmas, as an opportunity for team bonding and a little lighthearted relief. But for employers and HR professionals, the thought of trusting employees to strike the right balance between fun and thoughtful and just straight-up inappropriate can […]

CASE STUDY | Responding to complaints of sexual harassment

In the era of “Me Too”, people are becoming more vocal about behaviour that oversteps the mark. For employers, receiving allegations of sexual harassment can be jarring. Due to the serious and sensitive nature of such complaints, employers will understandably want to approach the situation with caution; however, choosing to turn a blind eye or […]

How should employers respond to sexual harassment complaints?

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The #MeToo Movement has shown sexual harassment is not just a symptom of the entertainment industry; it is an issue that is prevalent in workplaces across all sectors. A recent study by the Trades Union Congress has revealed that one in eight women have experienced unwanted sexual touching or attempts to kiss them at work, […]

Sexual harassment in the workplace | Will government recommendations become law?

Last week, an alliance of unions, charities and women’s rights groups initiated a campaign calling for employers to be held legally liable if they fail to protect their staff from sexual harassment at work. As it stands, responsibility for reporting sexual harassment at work lies with the victim, and employers are currently under no legal […]

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS | Government cracks down

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Following the recent controversy surrounding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), the government has announced new measures to stop ‘gagging orders’ from silencing workers. What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement? A Non-Disclosure Agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA) or secrecy agreement (SA), is a legal contract between two or more parties that outlines certain information, material or […]

HARASSMENT | Code of Practice Announced

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The government has announced it will introduce a statutory Code of Practice on sexual harassment.  The aim in the code is to make clear the action employers need to take to comply with their legal obligations. What is behind the government’s decision? All the high-profile and public cases and the prevalence of the #MeToo movement have shown […]

CHARITIES | 5 top tips in the #MeToo era

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The #MeToo movement has shown that people who have suffered from sexual harassment are becoming more and more confident in speaking out about their experiences at work.  Slowly, the culture of silence is being eroded. Recent high profile cases have shown we still have a long way to go to ensure this type of behaviour […]

HARASSMENT | Are employers doing enough?

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The Harvey Weinstein scandal shone a spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace.  One year on, are employers implementing effective measures to prevent this type of behaviour occurring? The sad reality is that it doesn’t seem that employers are not doing enough.  A recent survey by law firm, Slater and Gordon, has uncovered that 52% […]