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 […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 June 2023 – 18 June 2023

Transgender Guidelines in High-Performance Australian Sport Released The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released its inclusion of transgender and gender diverse guidelines for high performing athletes this week. The guidelines serve as a reminder for sport’s governing authorities to obey Australian law and promote a “spirit of inclusion.” According to the article, the new guidelines[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 8 May 2023 – 14 May 2023

Former Chief Staffer Sally Rugg Settles Lawsuit Against Monique Ryan Former Chief of Staff Sally Rugg has agreed to a $100,000 settlement in relation to her lawsuit against MP Monique Ryan. The settlement includes no admission by Ryan or by the federal government. The case commenced this year in the federal court by Sally Rugg,[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 – 18 December 2022

2 Women Sexually Harassed By Late Supreme Court Judge Win Settlement Two women have received settlement after Peter Vickery harassed and discriminated against them. The women made the claims against Vickery, who was a Supreme Court judge in Victoria, in 2020. His inappropriate behaviour included sending sexual poetry and kissing one of the women on[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 28 March – 3 April 2022

High Court Justices to Undertake Annual Harassment, Bullying Training A series of new reforms are being introduced to the High Court in response to the sexual harassment incidents involving former justice, Dyson Heydon. Staff members and associates will have the option to end a contract with a justice involved in sexual harassment complaints. High Court[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 20 March 2022

Can I Fire an Employee For Their Social Media Posts? Social media and the internet create added challenges for the human resources industry. In 2011, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) confirmed that employers can make employment decisions based on an employee’s personal social media posts. This has been reiterated in the 2022 decision of Corry[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 – 27 June 2021

Respect@Work Recommendations to be Implemented in New Bill Introduced in Parliament A bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) has been introduced into the Senate. The bill implements some of the recommendations from the Respect@Work report, and intends[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 02 – 09 May 2021

CPSU Survey Finds Most Sexual Harassment in the Public Service Goes Unreported A significant proportion of public servants have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in their workplace, but most don’t report it, according to a new survey from their union. The Commonwealth and Public Sector Union survey found 16 per cent of respondents had experienced[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 August 2020 – 23 August 2020

AMP shareholders Speak Out About Previous Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaint A week ago, Julia Szlakowski, a former AMP executive who was sexually harassed in 2017, by her then boss, Boe Pahari, spoke out for the first time to express anger that he was promoted to chief executive of AMP Capital while she had been[…..]