What is the Government Doing about Sexual Harassment in 2021? We Need Action Now!!

2021 has seen the dawn of a new era of sexual harassment reforms. In 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission published ‘Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces’. This report investigated the current nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and proposed 55 Recommendations to better prevent sexual harassment and facilitate …

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Historical Sexual Harassment – Is it too late to speak up?

It is not uncommon for victims of sexual harassment to delay reporting what happened to them. In the Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, conducted in 2018, it was found that 72% of Australians (85% of women and 57% of men) experienced sexual harassment on at least one occasion in their lifetime.[1] …

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Sexual Harassment in Small Businesses: What Can I Do?

Just like their larger counterparts, small businesses are not immune from the laws prohibiting workplace sexual harassment and discrimination. Even though they lack a dedicated Human Resources department or stringent reporting requirements, small businesses are also under a duty to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination from occurring in their workplace. Small businesses may be particularly …

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Workplace Culture No Excuse for Sexual Harassment. Do Something About It!

The Fair Work Commission has upheld the termination of an employee, finding that despite the employer’s “rather unusual” workplace culture, did not excuse the employee’s sexual harassment. It is well established that the workplace culture of an organisation should reflect the values a business upholds and expects from its employees. However, it is becoming increasingly …

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Federal Government Fails to Protect Employees from Sexual Harassment

After years of campaigning by unions, gender equality advocates, and A Whole New Approach, amoungst others the Federal Government has introduced a Bill to the Senate which aims to simplify and streamline sexual harassment legislation. Sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful but it is still an ongoing and challenging issue in Australian workplaces. These …

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Fair work Commission Stop Sexual Harassment Orders

After years of campaigning by unions and gender equality advocates, the Federal Government has introduced a Bill to the Senate that aim to simplify and streamline sexual harassment legislation. These proposed amendments are in response to the Respect@Work Report (the Report) presented to the Government by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, in March last …

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AMP’s Perpetuated Culture of Sexual Harassment

AMP is a giant in the financial services industry, which should entail that the organization implements, and regulates, strict workplace sexual harassment and discrimination policies. It is expected that such an enormous company with expansive revenue and resources would have done its best to stamp out all inappropriate workplace behaviors – if not for the …

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