The International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted the New Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace on June 21, 2019. Conventions are legally binding international treaties that may be ratified by Member States, while Recommendations provide advice and guidance. The new convention covers violence and harassment occurring in the workplace; places where a worker is paid, takes a rest or meal break, or uses sanitary, washing or changing facilities; during work-related trips - travel, training, events or social activities; work-related communications (including through information and communication technologies); employer-provided accommodation; and during the commute to and from work. It also recognizes that violence and harassment may involve third parties. The Convention defines “violence and harassment” as behaviors, practices or threats “that aim at, result in, or are likely to result in physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm.”
Additional information: https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_711242.pdf.
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