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 13 February 2023 – 19 February 2023

New Report Sheds Light on Workplace Violence and Harassment in Australia A new report released by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation has 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). The Lloyd’s Register Foundation World Risk Poll results[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 December – 2 January 2021

‘Shit In Me Boots’: Docks Worker Nicknamed ‘Rat Dog’ Loses Bullying Case The Victorian County Court recently ruled against a plaintiff (Melbourne dock worker) in a workplace bullying case. The plaintiff’s claim was brought in negligence and in contract. He says that in the course of his employment with the defendant (P&O Ports), and from[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 September 2020 – 13 September 2020

Australia’s First Claim For ‘Reproductive Leave’ Gets ACTU Backing Victoria’s Health and Community Services Union (VHCSU) is pushing for employers to grant leave and flexibility around reproductive health issues. Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president, Michele O’Neil, has stood in support of the claim that employees undergoing treatments – such as assisted reproduction, termination[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 23 March 2020 – 29 March 2020

Coronavirus and Discrimination Laws Law firm Gilchrist Connell has published an information sheet updating employers on their rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The information sheet, authored by solicitors Joel Zyngier, James Duffy and Sarah Wood, answered the following: Do Employers Have to Allow Employees to Work from Home? What Are Their Obligations to Employees When[…..]