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Legal Outlook: Respect@Work – employment update on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace

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Sexual harassment in the workplace is receiving long overdue attention as the Federal Government, industry bodies and employers digest the Respect@Work report, undertaken by Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins in 2020, and determine their responses.

In this follow up episode to our: Where to now for Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces podcast, host, Peter McNulty, Senior Associate, again speaks with Elissa Speight, Employment Partner at Ashurst, to provide an update, recorded on 12 August 2021, about the response by the Australian Government to the Respect@Work report, and the status of proposed legislation to address this issue.

"Our message to employers is that you should really be acting in a manner consistent with a positive duty existing now. In particular, you should be viewing sexual harassment as a risk to the health and safety of your staff, and taking proactive (rather than reactive) steps to address that risk". Elissa Speight, Employment Partner, Ashurst.


Elissa Speight
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Peter McNulty
Senior Associate
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