Third-party harassment law to be repealed

The government has announced the third-party harassment law is to be repealed, with effect from the start of October, 2013.

THE government has announced the third-party harassment law is to be repealed, with effect from the start of October 2013.

Previously under the Equality Act, practices could be vicariously liable if their staff were harassed by a third party e.g. suppliers, patients etc. This applied where harassment had taken place on two previous occasions and the practice had failed to take reasonable steps to stop this happening.

The government decision to repeal this piece of legislation was in recognition of the fact that employers have no control over third party behaviour and that there was no evidence that the provisions served as a practical way of dealing with such conduct.