- Childcare arrangements and social distancing - The knock-on effects of the global pandemic are huge. This challenging time is particularly hard for separated parents, who may face challenges with maintaining on going childcare arrangements. Some of the problems being highlighted to our offices include: A parent becoming symptomatic and falling into the self-isolate category, being unable to assist with handovers and [...]
- The number of cohabitating couples is on the rise - The ONS (Office of National Statistics) completes UK-wide survey every year. The survey covers a range of demographics including living arrangements. The 2017 survey highlighted that cohabitating couples (couples who live together but are not married) were the fastest growing family type, and the 2018 report confirmed that the cohabitating couple were the second largest family type in the UK. The number of cohabitating couples grew by 3.4 million people from 2017 to 2018.
Bullying in the workplace
A person harasses another person if they engage in unwanted conduct related to a “relevant protected characteristic” and the conduct “has the purpose or effect of violating the other person’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the other person”. The relevant protected characteristics are sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, age and disability.
An employer may be harassed subject to a defence that took all reasonable steps to prevent the harassment. An employer can also be liable under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, depending on the nature of the conduct perpetrated by a worker or someone in the workplace. Obviously there are huge ramifications for all involved.
Additionally, an employer must provide adequate security precautions where it is reasonably foreseeable that employees may suffer violence in the course of their work.
Employers have a duty to safeguard their employees against bullying in the workplace or harassment at work, even where this does not cause actual physical harm. Where an employer fails to investigate a complaint of bullying or harassment fully and take prompt action, this may be sufficient grounds for the employee to resign and claim constructive dismissal.