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Two policy documents to update TODAY as The Protection From Harassment Act comes into effect!

by , 29 April 2013
Good news: The Protection From Harassment Act was implemented this weekend. Bad news: This has severe implications for your business, as anyone who believes they are being harassed by another can now get a court order that prohibits the harasser from continuing with the act of harassment. And as an employer, you're obligated to provide your employees with a safe workplace, which includes being safe from all forms of harassment. That's why you need to ensure your harassment policy and company code of conduct are clear on the company's stance when it comes to harassment...

 
The Protection From Harassment Act was approved by Parliament and signed by President Jacob Zuma two years ago, but it's only now come into effect.
 
With it, victims of harassment that includes abusive electronic communication and stalking have extra protection, says The Business Day's BDLive website.
 
That's because anyone who believes they are being harassed by another – not just someone in a domestic relationship – can now get a court order that prohibits the harasser from continuing with the act of harassment.
 
That's why you need to do all you can to eliminate harassment in your company.
 
Because an employee who is harassed will usually sue the employer, as the employer is more likely to have the money to pay, says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
One way to eliminate harassment in your company is to implement a firm anti-harassment policy, explaining exactly what counts as harassment.
 
Three steps to eliminating harassment in your company with a firm anti-harassment policy
 
Then, make sure each employee has:
 
  1. Read the harassment policy;
     
  2. Attended regular training sessions on the harassment policy; and 
     
  3. Signed that they've read the harassment policy and attended training sessions on it.
     
Make sure your code of conduct is clear on harassment! 
 
But first, make sure your company's stance of harassment is clear in your code of conduct, as it's the foundation on which all your other policies and procedures will be based, explains Lizle Louw in The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf.
 
To do so you'll need to outline your company's stance on all forms of harassment in the 'employee conduct' section of your code of conduct, says FSP Business.
 
It's the only way to ensure your employees know what's expected of them and what counts as harassment.

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