On 11 November, the Fair Work Commission’s jurisdiction to issue orders to stop sexual harassment at work came into operation.
The relevant legislative provisions were part of a package of amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) to implement some of the key recommendations of the Respect@Work Report of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins. The Report followed an extensive National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018.
It is important for employers to update relevant policies and procedures to address sexual harassment prevention, the appropriate handling of complaints and the maintenance of appropriate workplace conduct.
Members that require further information on the legislative amendments or assistance in updating their policies or procedures can contact Ai Group Workplace Lawyers on 1300 55 45 81 or firstname.lastname@example.org.