Over the past few months, there has been a rise in the visibility of sexual violence and harassment in the workplace. The “#metoo” and “Time’s Up” movements have instigated a legal response among lawyers, businesses, and employees. Many employers are seeing a record number of harassment and discrimination claims brought forward. This has prompted businesses to revisit and revise their HR policies and procedures in order to protect employees from misconduct, because employment discrimination and sexual harassment is something that should be taken very seriously.

 

So, how can your business ensure the workplace environment is all inclusive and safe for all employees? The first step is to make sure your HR policies and procedures are up to date. Revise, modify and adjust your handbooks and consult with an employment attorney to make sure the proper practices are in place. Not only should your company have good policies, but it is equally as crucial that your policies are implement in your daily business practices.

 

How can you ensure the HR policies are properly implemented? You should hold a training session to cover the HR handbook with all employees. Make sure each one of your staff understands what to do to avoid discriminating or harassing fellow employees. Equally, inform your staff on what to do if they are being discriminated against or harassed in any way.

 

What do you do when an employee comes forward with a claim? First, take the employee seriously and do not retaliate against those who come forward. Follow the steps in your HR handbook to properly address the claim. If you are not sure how to handle the situation, consult with an attorney for more guidance.

 

HR policies and procedures are the best way to protect your employees and your business from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. If you have any questions regarding any of this information, send us an email at contact@dufordlaw.com or visit us at dufordlaw.com.