Unlawful Behaviour – Assessing the true impact on your organisation

In an ideal world, workplaces are meant to be safe spaces where individuals can collaborate, innovate and thrive. However, unlawful behaviour related to sexual harassment, discrimination and bullying can have a major impact on this environment.

The true cost can extend beyond financial and legal consequences. The Australian Human Rights Commission states that the fallout can include increased absenteeism, higher employee turnover, lower morale, decreased productivity, and management time lost in dealing with issues.

Unlawful behaviour in Australian workplaces is more prevalent than you might imagine. A recent report released by Lloyd’s Register Foundation found that Australia has one of the highest rates of workplace violence and harassment in the world, with an average of 49.1% (compared to 21% globally). There is clearly much we all need to do to make workplaces in Australia safer.

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 September 2023 – 24 September 2023

Bonuses and Pay Rises Can Be Withheld from Employees and Managers Employers will be able to withhold bonuses and pay rises from managers and employees in order to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. From December, employers have a positive duty to prevent sexual assault, harassment and similar discriminatory behaviour. The legislation shifts[…..]