What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 February 2023 – 12 February 2023

Parliament Releases New Code of Conduct to Improve Workplace Safety The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released a statement this week in support of the introduction of a code of conduct at Parliament House. The endorsed code of conduct creates a standard of behaviour for “all parliamentarians and staffers.” Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins […]

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 13 – 19 December 2021

Morrison Government to Take Action On Jenkins Inquiry Into Toxic Culture Before Parliament Returns The finance minister, Simon Birmingham, has announced a timeline for implementing recommendations from the Jenkins review that highlighted toxic behaviours in federal parliament. The 2 recommendations being implemented are to establish a leadership taskforce and develop a statement on workplace trauma.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 8-14 November 2021

Workers Can Now Apply For ‘Stop Orders’ for Sexual Harassment On 11 November 2021, changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 came into effect. The changes allow for employees to apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop sexual harassment occurring in the workplace. The idea of a ‘stop order’ was suggested[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18-24 October 2021

WA Labor to Introduce New Legislation to Address Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment On 20 October 2021, the McGowan Government announced it was introducing the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to improve employment protections. Among the changes is a new framework to address bullying and sexual harassment. The Bill will allow the WA Industrial[…..]