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Violence and Harassment in the Workplace Under the Spotlight

October 13, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The employment and labour department has reminded stakeholders to make submissions to address gender-based violence and harassment at the workplace.

The Draft Code of Good Practice on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work was published for comment in Government Gazette 43630 in August 2020.

The draft code is designed to address the prevention, elimination and management of violence and harassment that pervade the world of work.

Stakeholders have until 21 October 2020 to comment on the draft code.

According to the Commission for Employment Equity Commissioner, Dr Annelie Gildenhuys, the draft code brings “clarity to the country – in defining what is an employer, the legal framework, principles and what violence and harassment is”.

The draft code also offers guidelines on elimination and strategies to deal with violence and harassment.

Virtual employment equity workshops are underway scheduled to conclude in Gauteng on 20 October 2020.

The workshops aim to publicise the status of employment equity in each province as reflected in the 20th Commission for Employment Equity Annual Report; solicit public comments on the published Draft Code of Good on the Prevention and Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work and call for online EE reporting.