Leaders & Liability: Secondary and vicarious liability related to unlawful workplace behaviours.

In today’s complex and regulated work environment, leaders, board members and anyone in a position of authority are responsible for ensuring their organisations comply with current workplace behaviour laws and guidelines. Unlawful workplace behaviours such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and bullying not only affect employees, but also place leaders at risk of secondary liability, and […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 December 2023 – 17 December 2023

Controversial Lawyer Nathan Buckley Faces Discipline for Social Media Posts The New South Wales (NSW) Law Society’s council brought an application against controversial lawyer Nathan Buckley in late 2021. The council alleged that his social media activity in 2021 amounted to unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. In one of his posts, Mr Buckley is[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 December 2023 – 10 December 2023

Independent Review Reveals Bullying, Harassment and Safety Concerns at a South Australian Forensic Mental Health Service An independent review has revealed reports of bullying, harassment, gaslighting and feeling unsafe at work at a South Australian forensic mental health service. The external review was conducted in light of a letter sent by “concerned staff” at James[…..]

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

AHRC Hosts Positive Duty Webinar It’s only two weeks out from when the powers of the AHRC and their positive duty are live on the 12th December 2023. This webinar hosted by the AHRC is a great opportunity to hear what powers the Commission have, how they will use them and how a workplace can[…..]

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 25 September 2023 – 1 October 2023

Disability Royal Commission Hands Down Final Report, Makes 222 Recommendations The long-awaited final report from the Disability Royal Commission was released this week following a 4-and-a-half-year investigation into Australia’s disability care sector. The report consists of 12 volumes and suggests 222 recommendations. It is the largest investigation into the experiences of Australians with disabilities. Some[…..]

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 28 November – 4 December 2022

Respect at Work Bill Passed • The Government announced the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (‘the Bill’) through Parliament. The Bill has now passed through both house of Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent. The key amendments are • Positive duty: The introduction of a positive[…..]

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

South Australian Magistrate Simon Milazzo Removed From Office Over Sexual Harassment Magistrate Simon Milazzo was removed from office on Thursday after sexually harassing four women at work. The allegations were made last year and Milazzo was immediately suspended with pay. The allegations included Mr Milazzo making homophobic remarks to one employee about how she should[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 1 – 7 August 2022

Committee Looks to UK For Code Of Conduct Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to draft a code of conduct to implement recommendations from the report made by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins into parliamentary workplace culture. The federal parliament’s standards committee is in the process of taking submissions for the code of conduct. This[…..]