The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 recently commenced and implements 6 outstanding legislative recommendations of the Respect@Work Report. The Act strengthens the legal and regulatory frameworks relating to sex discrimination and shifts the system to focus more on preventative efforts to eliminate sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
The key reform is the introduction of a positive duty in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 that requires employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate certain forms of unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, as far as possible.
In this webinar, Jill McKay, Megan Inglis and Eloise Dalton from Working Women Queensland (Basic Rights Queensland) will:
- discuss the drivers and the effect of gender discrimination and workplace sexual harassment
- provide a brief overview of the Respect@Work report 2020, three years on
- outline the implications as a result of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022
- suggest what a we can all do to improve safety at work
- provide an understanding of ‘positive duty obligations’ for employers in providing safe workplaces for all.
Participants will leave with an understanding of the experiences of women in Queensland workplaces in 2023 and how we can all make valuable inroads to eliminating harassment and violence in our workplaces and communities.