Sexual Harassment | December

9.00

Registration

9.45

Chair's opening remarks 

10.00

Establishing clear boundaries: an employers guide to their legal obligations

  • Defining sexual harassment in an employment context
  • Understanding your legal responsibilities as an employer 
  • Updating outdated harassment policies
  • Establishing clear and effective grievance and disciplinary procedures
  • The challenges surrounding the tribunal system and the suggested next steps to increase effectiveness 

Paula Rome, Partner, Julian Taylor Solicitors

11.15

Networking break

11.45

Keynote: Recent findings concerning the sexual harassment of members of the LGBT community in the workplace 

Quinn Roache, Equality and Diversity Specialist, TUC

12.15

Changing attitudes & cultures: developing an organisation wide response

  • Harnessing communication: ensuring that a zero-tolerance policy is clear to all staff and reinforced at all stages of employment
  • Providing mandatory sexual harassment training and keeping individual staff training up to date throughout their time of employment
  • Empowering victims: ensuring incident reporting can be done anonymously and with confidence
  • Fulfilling your pastoral duties: ensuring your organisation has sufficient aftercare initiatives in place for victims 

13.15

Networking lunch

14.15

Exploring best practice: implementing effective initiatives in your organisation  

  • Writing and communicating an incontrovertible sexual harassment policy
  • Creating support initiatives for victims and ensuring they can be accessed discreetly
  • Managing difficult conversations: taking concerns seriously and responding sensitively 
  • Ensuring that line managers are equipped with the necessary knowledge and training to stamp out sexual harassment
  • Preparing for the future: how to monitor sexual harassment online
  • Building a culture of prevention: ensuring protection is in place from the outset

Sian Elliott, Women's Policy Office, Trade Union Congress

15.45

Chair's closing remarks 

16.00

Event end