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Government moves to abolish law on harassment of staff by third parties

The Government has today launched a consultation on plans to repeal provisions in the Equality Act 2010 that make employers liable for the harassment of their staff by a third party.

Under the Act, employers can be held liable if a third party harasses one of their employees and the organisation has failed to take reasonable steps to prevent it.

The Government announced in March that it would consult on removing the "unworkable" requirement as employers have "no direct control" over the harassment of their staff by third parties.

It estimates that the repeal of the provisions could save businesses up to £300,000 per year.

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May 21, 2012

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