By law, employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees. They must roll-out actions aimed at prevention, awareness and good working conditions. Laws in EU countries prohibit mobbing and sexual harassment, as well as discrimination, and promote gender equality.
Beyond the need for compliance, it’s all about the health of employees, corporate image, and performance.
Health at Work :
- Council Directive 89/391/EEC of 12 June 1989 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work
- Directive 2003/88/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 November 2003 concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time.
Mobbing and Sexual Harassment
- Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation. It encourages preventing mobbing and sexual harassment.
Discrimination and Gender Equality
- Directive 2000/78/EC of 27 November 2000, establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation. It points out that harassment can be linked to discrimination.
- Directive 2006/54/EC (op. cit.) recasts the previous directives about gender equality at work.