The Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Workplace Harassment places positive obligations on employers to put measures in place to prevent and eliminate harassment (as a form of unfair discrimination) in their workplace. Failure to do so, may render the employer legally liable for acts of harassment perpetrated by its employees.
Having a harassment policy is important, but is not sufficient on its own. Each employer is required to conduct a risk assessment in respect of its broader workplace and in respect of all interactions between its staff and others. In the case of schools, this would include parents, learners, contractors and consultants, to name a few.
The Code also requires employers to take very specific steps once a complaint of harassment is brought to its attention. In order to deal with this effectively, it is crucial for managers to understand what the meaning of harassment is in terms of the Code, and how to distinguish this from normal misconduct which might be perceived as harassment.
This workshop explains all of these aspects from a legal perspective and provides practical guidance to Schools for taking reasonable steps towards compliance. It is essential for Heads, Deputies, Business Managers, HR, HOD’s and Board members to attend.