On the 1 October 2013 the provisions relating to third party harassment claims will be repealed. The requirements were designed to protect workers from harassment by clients or visitors to the employer.
A failure by the employer to take reasonable steps to deal with third-party harassment of staff could lead to a claim at the employment tribunal. According to ACAS few claims have been commenced for third party harassment and the government has questioned the need for the legislation.
Once the provisions have been repealed employees will need to rely on a claim for breach of mutual trust and confidence or a claim for negligence against any employer when they fail to protect employees from harassment.
The repeal is part of the governments red tape challenge to promote economic growth. It is arguable what effect the change will have as an aggrieved employee may still be able to make a claim against the employer where they fail to protect the welfare of the employee.
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