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Bullying and harassment
In a workplace context, “harassment” is unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 (other than marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity) that has the purpose of violating a person's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that person. Harassment in the workplace can also occur where a person reasonably considers conduct to have that effect, even if the effect is unintended.
“Bullying” is not defined in UK employment law. Acas defines workplace bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the person being bullied”. The Health and Safety Executive stresses that bullying is a pattern of behaviour rather than isolated instances, and states that it “involves negative behaviour being targeted at an individual, or individuals, repeatedly and persistently over time”.
13 Nov 2019
Headline-grabbing proposals can only take us so far. Cultural shifts and changes in shared leave, maternity and paternity benefits are needed before we can truly get to grips with the gender pay gap.
8 Nov 2019
The Labour Party has pledged to increase statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months as part of a raft...
6 Nov 2019
Employers sometimes make the headlines over their policy on staff wearing a poppy in the workplace. We set out the...
30 Oct 2019
As Halloween approaches, it’s time for HR professionals to reflect on the often nightmarish legal situations they face. Clare Gilroy-Scott,...
29 Oct 2019
The government has said it will consult on the idea that employers should be required to provide, as a minimum,...
23 Oct 2019
The Musicians’ Union is campaigning for stronger protections from sexual harassment and discrimination after almost half of members surveyed said...
18 Oct 2019
The British Medical Association has apologised to members after an independent review found that female doctors felt “undervalued, ignored or...
15 Oct 2019
The #MeToo movement is two years old this week and has been influential in altering behaviour, bolstering equality and respect...
11 Oct 2019
A partner at a law firm who was found dead at the foot of cliffs in south Wales had been suspended for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct
24 Sep 2019
Almost one in 12 workers at Lloyd’s of London have witnessed sexual harassment in the past year, prompting the world’s...
16 Sep 2019
Two former British soldiers have won a race discrimination claim against the Ministry of Defence.
9 Sep 2019
A misconduct investigation at services giant KPMG into the use of WhatsApp messages by a senior manager has led to the departure of three top executives.
28 Aug 2019
Google has released new workplace guidelines urging staff not to insult one another or make misleading comments about the company....
19 Aug 2019
A former partner at high street law firm McMillan Williams has claimed it created a “morally bankrupt environment” that allowed...