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Consultation on third party harassment provisions begins

31st July, 2012

The Government is proposing to repeal the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 which render an employer liable for third party harassment of their employees. Currently, an employer can be responsible for the harassment of their employees by third parties such as a customer or a client. Employers are required to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment occurring and can be liable for the acts of a third party over whom they have no control.

Removal of these provisions was proposed by the Government in its ‘Plan for Growth’ published in March 2011 which focuses on improving the long-term economic climate in the UK. The Government is proposing to repeal these provisions because they believe the current stance is unworkable and that doing so will save around £300,000. The Government is now seeking comments on their proposals, which will be welcomed before the consultation closes on 7 August 2012. For details on how to respond to these proposals please follow this link to the Home Office website:http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/about-us/consultations/third-party-harassment/.

For further information regarding any employment law issues, please contact Helen Watson on 01244 405565 or email [email protected].

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