Explore the role of support persons in workplace meetings about performance and behavior. Learn their responsibilities, employer duties, and how to choose the right person. Strike the balance between emotional support and fairness for a smooth process.
Discover the latest improvements to unpaid parental leave regulations that came into effect on June 30, 2023. Explore the enhanced flexibility for employees, with up to 100 days of flexible unpaid parental leave. Learn about extension requests, fair treatment, and the emphasis on fostering a respectful workplace culture. Stay informed on how employers can navigate these changes seamlessly.
In today’s evolving workplace landscape, addressing and preventing sexual harassment claims is of paramount importance for employers. Embracing a proactive approach, employers must be ready to adapt to the amended framework, viewing it as an opportunity for preventative action rather than just reactive measures. By fostering a work environment built on respect and taking necessary steps to prevent harassment and discrimination, employers can safeguard their workforce and mitigate potential claims.
Between September 2021 and December 2022, Australia witnessed a transformative shift in its sexual framework through the enactment of three pivotal federal legislations. These legislations brought about new obligations for employers and extended protections for workers. Employers are now tasked with a positive duty to take reasonable measures to eliminate sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and hostile work environments in the workplace. Additionally, individuals are now safeguarded against adverse actions based on their gender identity, intersex status, or breastfeeding. The changes also introduced avenues for complaints through regulatory bodies like the Australian Human Rights Commission and Fair Work Commission. Stay informed on the latest developments that impact workplace dynamics in Australia.
Employers often seek external HR providers to assist in the management their workforce. However, if the provider’s values do not align with the employer’s values, it can have disastrous consequences.
Sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace: new legislation means new obligations for employers
With the recent passage of the Respect at Work Bill, all Australian employers now have a positive duty to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. This means employers are now obligated to proactively prevent harassment and discrimination – rather than merely reacting to it.
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Fostering respect in the workplace is a crucial part of running a successful business. But this isn’t always as simple as it sounds! Building a respectful workplace culture can be hard work – and tackling the problem of sexual harassment at work is a key component of this.