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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”.
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...
14 Aug 2019
Former first minister Alex Salmond has received more than £500,000 in legal costs from the Scottish government following a botched...
7 Aug 2019
Ministers “must get a grip” on tackling the disproportionately high number of complaints raised by female and ethnic minority armed...
5 Aug 2019
Emma Watson says the scale of sexual harassment in the workplace may finally be understood as she launched a legal advice line to help women understand their rights.
2 Aug 2019
Amid all the political turmoil in July, employers will be forgiven for missing a flurry of proposed new employment laws...
31 Jul 2019
All HR professionals are familiar with the stress and anxiety associated with a grievance or disciplinary process. Ashleigh Webber examines...
26 Jul 2019
An apparent sharp rise in the number of sexual harassment complaints involving solicitors has drawn attention to law firms' misuse of gagging orders.
22 Jul 2019
The government has announced legislation to address the misuse of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) in the workplace – including clauses designed...
16 Jul 2019
New measures to stamp out the discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in some areas of the armed forces have been...
16 Jul 2019
With traditional union membership in decline, employees are finding new ways to voice their opposition to corporate decisions, as shown...
12 Jul 2019
The House of Commons is in need of an HR department to help stamp out the bullying and harassment that many MPs’ staff experience.
11 Jul 2019
The government has published its consultation on plans to strengthen protections against sexual harassment at work, including harassment from third...