What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 January 2024 – 4 February 2024

Government to Introduce New Provision Which Give Workers a Right to Disconnect The government is set to introduce a new workplace provision in the first sitting week of Parliament in 2024 which would allow workers to tell their boss to stop making unreasonable contact outside of work hours. Crossbenchers Senator Lambie and Senator Pocock have […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 November 2023 – 3 December 2023

Is Working from Home and Flexibility Dying Out? The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently dealt with a case against an Adelaide man who wanted to work full-time from home. The case has occurred in light of a number of large corporations (such as Commonwealth Bank, NAB and IBM) who have ordered their employees back into[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 9 October 2023 – 15 October 2023

Lawyers and Barristers Placed on Notice in Relation to Sexual Harassment The watchdog for the legal profession has warned that barristers and solicitors may face disbarment or losing their right to practice if they fail to take adequate steps to prevent sexual harassment or discrimination of their staff. Practitioners will be closely watched as to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 March 2023 – 26 March 2023

Sexual Harassment Widespread in Retail Industry The University of Sydney in partnership with the Australian National University released a new report on 23 March 2023 detailing the experiences of men and women in the Australian retail industry. The retail industry is reportedly Australia’s second largest industry, constituted of approximately 10% of the Australian workforce. The[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 October – 16 October 2022

Going Green for Mental Health On 14 October, staff at the WA Equal Opportunity Commission wore green for mental health awareness. The Commissioner, Dr John Byrne, issued a statement, saying that mental health makes up around 30% of impairment complaints at the Commission. He said that raising awareness on mental health and psychosocial disabilities is[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 – 27 February 2022

Office Laptop Complaint Relating to Office To Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner Still Under Investigation The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) of Queensland confirmed that it is investigating complaints against the Integrity Commissioner relating to an office laptop. The CCC has received 10 complaints about the Integrity Commissioner, Nikola Stepanov, and her office since October 2020. One[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 5 – 11 July

Tasmanian Labor Leader Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation David Byrne has resigned as Tasmanian Labor leader following an allegation that he sexually harassed a junior union employee when she worked for him in 2007 and 2008. In a statement on Sunday, Mr O’Byrne said that the “allegations raised will be dealt with through a confidential[…..]