Joint guidance implementing a European social partner agreement

Guidance bookletAny form of harassment and violence against workers, whether committed by co-workers, managers or third-parties, is unacceptable.

Tolerance, diversity, dignity and respect are benchmarks for business success, so it is in employers’ interests to identify and address the threat or occurrence of workplace harassment and violence. But employers also have legal duties to protect the health and safety of all their workers, so failure to deal with and take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and violence will undermine business performance and could be unlawful.

European level employer and trade union organisations agreed in 2007 on the need for action and this guidance has been drawn up by the UK organisations that are represented in EU Social Dialogue in order to implement the European level framework agreement.

It is supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). It is designed for use by both employers
and workers.

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