Event Summary

Employers in Scotland must take a zero-tolerance and holistic approach to all forms of bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Holyrood Insight’s Conference on Preventing Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace in Scotland will share expert guidance to help you protect your workforce, and reap the benefits of a safe, respectful and dignified workplace.

In a recent STUC report, 45% of women have experienced sexual harassment at work. 85% of women said their experience was not taken seriously or dealt with appropriately.

Employers in Scotland need to take urgent steps to:

  • Develop and enforce strong policies
  • Improve disclosure and reporting
  • Provide training and education
  • Investigate complaints
  • Improve support for employees after an incident.

We will review the latest legislative changes, including the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023, to be implemented in October 2024, placing a new preventative duty on employers to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace. Understand what reasonable steps you should be taking to protect your employees.

The journey to achieve a Fair Work Nation by 2025 requires progress from employers to ensure that every worker is safe from bullying, discrimination, and harassment. Join HR and people professionals, equality and inclusion leads, business leaders and expert speakers from across public, private and voluntary sector employers to discuss Respect at Work, and driving fair work practices for all.


Key Points

  • Achieving a Fair Work Nation in Scotland
  • Legislative updates and your responsibilities under the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023
  • ​Creating an environment free from bullying and harassment
  • Auditing, updating and enforcing your policies
  • Understanding and tackling barriers to reporting
  • ​Investigating alleged incidents and improving your complaints processes
  • Addressing micro-aggressions, implicit and explicit behaviours
  • Fostering psychological safety
  • Upskilling line managers to support in alleged incidents

Benefits of Attending

  • Gain practical and relevant advice to prepare for the implementation of the Worker Protection (Amendment of Equality Act 2010) Act 2023
  • Review your responsibilities as an employer and take part in our legal surgery to raise your questions and avoid potential liabilities.
  • ​Hear how to foster a workplace culture that values diversity and inclusion, as this can help reduce the likelihood of harassment.
  • Understand what reasonable steps you should be taking to protect your employees
  • Learn how to update your harassment policies and establish clear reporting procedures.
  • Adopt a zero-tolerance approach and take action to transform your workplace culture.​

Venue Details

In-person – This conference will take place in Central Edinburgh. Attend in-person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.