A Government drive to stamp out workplace bullying should help employers come to terms with one of the most difficult areas of workplace law, according to lawyers.
The initiative is being led by the Department of Trade and Industry and trade union Amicus and is designed to tackle bullying and discrimination in the workplace.
The £1.8m project is being part funded by the DTI's Strategic Partnership Fund and has 10 industry partners including Royal Mail, Acas, BT and Remploy.
Trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt said the scheme would promote a voluntary charter on dignity at work and produce and anti-bullying information pack.
It will also design a benchmarking tool to help firms examine their own situation, train employees as harassment counsellors, highlight beacons of best practice and provide advice to organisations on the problems of workplace bullying.
Bess Moseley, a member of the discrimination unit at law firm Addleshaw Goddard, said the campaign should help raise awareness of the complex discrimination laws, helping business keep within the regulations.
"There have been confusing differences between the various pieces of legislation. But newly harmonised laws, together with this campaign, should make employers' lives easier. As compensation for discrimination claims is potentially unlimited, firms must take steps to ensure they are informed and up to date about recent developments," she said.