Charities in the UK have recently faced a number of #MeToo moments due to allegations of sexual misconduct. Since the charity sector relies heavily on the public’s trust, the recent allegations highlight the importance of professional ethics and employment practises liability (EPL) cover for employers, and for directors and officers.
To ensure that your charity doesn’t need to rely solely on EPL, consider the following precautions to avoid expensive and embarrassing legal actions:
- Carefully screen all staff.
- Make sure your employee harassment training addresses the unique traits of your charity.
- Devise a specific plan of action to follow when someone reports inappropriate behaviour, and encourage employees to report inappropriate conduct.
- Develop an anti-harassment policy, and review it annually.
For additional information on protecting your charity, read our past blog post, All work and no pay: Volunteering law.
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