Sexual Harassment – What Employers Need to Know

When should employers act in respect of sexual harassment in the workplace?

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Course Overview

Sexual harassment has become very topical, but as an employer do you know what point someone’s actions become unlawful? Can you distinguish between what is banter and what is harassment?

This course is essential viewing for managers, partners, practice managers and those involved in HR who may be required to act on an allegation of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Lecturer Kathy Daniels will begin the webinar by offering commentary on the following sexual harassment case law decisions, outlining the circumstances of each and why they were successful:


Urbanska-Kopowska v McIlroy and another t/a Mac’s Quality Foods [2008]
Moonsar v Fiveways Express Transport Ltd [2004]
Insitu Cleaning Co Ltd and another v Heads [1995]
Munchkins Restaurant Ltd and another v Karmazyn and others [2009]


Viewers will be encouraged to reflect upon why it is important to have a harassment policy in the workplace and, for those firms who do not currently have a policy in place, viewers will receive guidance on how to draft a harassment policy and what this should include.


Kathy will provide advice on how to manage an allegation of harassment in terms of how to investigate the claim and why it is important to liaise with the complainant throughout the process.


This webinar will also tackle the issues which arise should an investigation conclude that harassment has taken place; Consideration will be given to what you must take into account when determining what action to take against those responsible.


Finally, Kathy will invite viewers to examine their own workplace, office culture and the environment in which their staff operate. As always, prevention is the best cure, so viewers will receive guidance on what steps they can take to reduce the likelihood of harassment occurring within their firm or workplace.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Understand the definition Harassment outlined within the Equality Act 2010
  • • Be familiar with the Acas Code of Practice: Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures and its use when handling grievances related to sexual harassment
  • • Have the knowledge and confidence to produce a harassment policy for your firm
  • • Feel confident in your ability, should you need to investigate a sexual harassment claim
  • • Be able to assess the evidence of any investigation and determine the best course of action based on the facts

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for managers, partners, practice managers and those involved in HR

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About Instructor - Kathy Daniels

Kathy is a Teaching Fellow at Aston University, lecturing in employment law and employee relations. After a career in HR, in the manufacturing sector, she now writes extensively on HR related topics, and specifically on employment law. Kathy has written an employment law textbook which is currently in its third edition, and also writes a broad range of materials for organisations such as the CIPD. In addition, she is a Lay Member of the Employment Tribunal, sitting in Birmingham.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar
    00:25:24

Supporting Documentation

  • Notes
    5 Page
  • Slides
    8 Page

Quiz

  • Quiz
     

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