New Code of Good Practice aimed at eliminating Harassment in South African workplaces – Inclusive of Sexual Harassment To expand upon the current understanding of Harassment in workplaces, to include the new code of good practice which is aimed at eliminating harassment as a whole. The new code of Good Practice was developed to be inclusive of various additional forms of Harassment. This course will equip employers with a befitting understanding of what their obligations in respect of Harassment in the workplace entails, inclusive of outlining their new requirements proposed for all employers alike. It will further assist employers in relation to legislation and the applicable processes to be followed. The three-hour online workshop is designed to provide guidance on how to identify Harassment under the new code; how to deal with the challenges of Harassment; what the applicable procedures are to follow within the ambit of legislation, and Policies of the employer. The workshop should be attended by managers, HR managers and practitioners, shop stewards, and union representatives.
Module 1: Session 1: The Concept of Harassment
Harassment under the New Code of Conduct aimed at Eliminating Harassment in the workplace
Module 1: Session 2: Legislation protecting against Sexual Harassment and Harassment under the new code
Module 1: Session 3: How to Deal with Sexual Harassment /Harassment as a whole
The new code identifies the steps that employers must take in the elimination of harassment, not only by virtue of placing an obligation on the employer to act, but further extending beyond this obligation an obligation to develop; implement and maintain, internally within the employer policies, procedures and practices aligned with the code.
The procedures dictated by the legislator seems to put forward development of policies, or amending existing policies to include the reporting process, how such complaints will be dealt with both formally and informally, as well as bearing in mind confidentiality and how and when this is to be maintained. The issue of harassment and training employees appropriately should be included in orientation and be maintained through training programmes. This should be done in a manner that is accessible.