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Respect@Work

Changes which will see employers required to take a far more proactive approach to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace are just around the corner, with new legislation recently introduced into Federal Parliament as part of the continuing response to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work Report.

The new legislation seeks to give effect to seven outstanding recommendations from the Respect@Work Report, and includes:

  • a positive duty on employers to take action to prevent workplace sexual harassment and sex discrimination, not just respond to it when it occurs,
  • offences for employers having a hostile workplace,
  • powers for the Human Rights Commission to investigate and issue compliance notices on business.

 

In anticipation of these changes, the Commissioner advises that employers should be moving away from a reactive model of dealing with harassment issues towards a far more preventative approach to all forms of discrimination, harassment and victimisation in the workplace.

Businesses will have 12 months to understand & implement any changes required in their workplace before the compliance and enforcement measures begin.

Will your workplace be ready for these changes once the legislation is passed by Parliament? 

Do you need help to understand and work through any changes your business needs to make? 

Leisa and the WorkBetter team are here to help you.

If you have any questions on this or any other employment matters please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 6009 1000 or email to [email protected].

Published: Friday, October 7th, 2022
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