The dangers of not implementing employee training
- 21st April 2021
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A recent Employment Appeals Tribunal case of Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen ruled that although the employer had provided its employees with diversity training, it was deemed to have become ineffective and “stale” and therefore the employer could not provide evidence that ‘all reasonable steps’ had been taken when defending a claim of racial harassment.
As an employer, you have a duty of care to your employees and should take all reasonable steps to provide a safe place of work. The case confirms what was known already – It is not enough to provide a one-off training session and assume that you have taken all reasonable steps to protect you from any future claims.
Given the ruling of the Employment Appeals Tribunal, employers should actively review the policies they have in place and the training that their employees have undergone previously. They will also need to consider if that training has been implemented successfully or needs further updating.
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