There have been changes to the Workplace Sexual Harassment laws from the 6 March 2023 where the new provisions expand protections to the Fair Work Act (cth) 2009 prohibiting and/or banning sexual harassment in connection with work including in the workplace.
In early December 2022 the Government passed as legislation the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 obligating employers to ensure workers are safe and free from sexual harassment.
With the change in Government in May 2022, we have seen a strong push to pursue changes to the national industrial relations system to ensure these are applies equitably for all employees. In order to achieve this the Fair Work Legislation Amendment Bill 2022 (the Bill) has been introduced which varies the Fair Work Act (cth) 2009 (FWA 2009).
The Bill was passed in parliament in early December 2022 and an overview of the changes and implications are included below. Broadly the changes cover gender equity, flexible work arrangements, sexual harassment, discrimination, job security and bargaining.