/ 09 April 2021

An overhaul to sexual harassment laws

Employers will be expected to do more to crack down on sexual harassment and discrimination in their workplaces as part of the Morrison Government’s proposed changes to the legislation. All 55 recommendations of the Respect@Work report will be adopted in part or in full, Morrison said yesterday. Those changes include making sexual harassment a valid reason to sack an employee and making the complaints system easier to navigate. The legislation will also be extended to include politicians, judges and public servants. Yep, they’re currently exempt… The response received some credit for its focus on preventing sexual harassment, but critics said it falls short of delivering the changes required to ensure workplace equality. Morrison said he wants the legislative changes before parliament during the winter session.

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