Ministerial Resolution No.20912 dated 02.02.144 approving the protection controls against inappropriate behaviour at work, sets out requirements for employers to comply with in order to prevent and tackle behavioural abuse within the workplace. The resolution comes into force on 21/2/1441, corresponding to 20 October 2019.
The resolution applies to any type of behavioural abuse. The definition of behavioural abuse is very wide and encompasses various types of abuse, including; exploitation, threat, harassment, extortion, enticement, quarrel, insult, contempt, a suggestion which may harm an individual’s modesty, deliberate seclusion with the opposite sex, any form of physical or verbal discrimination or otherwise, whether on the basis of sex or gender or otherwise, which may intend, lead to or potentially lead to physical, psychological, sexual or economic harm to the other party.
All establishments regulated by the Labour Law are subject to the provisions of the resolution, which includes employees, employers and acts of abuse taking place in the workplace, during or because of work, whether during or outside of working hours.
Employers are required to put in place certain preventative measures in order to tackle such abuse and set up a committee tasked with investigating reported cases of behavioural abuse, and recommending the appropriate action the employer should take.