News : Leinster House to Set Up Staff Harassment Helpline
Dublin, Ireland, Oct 22, 2018 -- The Oireachtas is to set up a helpline for employees and political party staff to deal with bullying or sexual harassment in Leinster House.
The Houses of the Oireachtas Commission agreed to adopt a dignity and respect workplace policy in July, which would cover how complaints about sexual harassment and bullying are handled.
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The Oireachtas has now advertised a tender for a contractor to run a helpline, to act as a "first point of contact". It will provide staff with advice on how they can make a formal complaint under the new dignity and respect policy and how to "draw down third party investigation services" from the Oireachtas, states the contract outline.
The helpline will be staffed during weekdays and will file annual reports to the Oireachtas on number of queries handled. Estimated cost of the contract will be €50,000 over five years, excluding VAT, states the tender.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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