Employers and the positive duty to prevent workplace sexual harassment: the compliance clock is ticking

Clcok time

A lot has been happening in the anti-workplace sexual harassment space, and employers need to get on top of their new obligations asap, and at least before December this year.

BAL’s Gabrielle Sullivan presented ‘Respect at Work Reforms: What does it mean for your organisation?’ at our HR Breakfast Club back in March. In summary, the law is requiring employers to get proactive about eliminating sexual harassment from the workplace. See the HRBC Forum Summary here for more detailed information on the legislative changes now in effect. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s enforcement powers for non-compliant employers will come into effect by December 2023. There will be fines, naming, and shaming.

BAL Lawyers have recently updated their workplace policy suite on Sex Harassment, Bullying & Discrimination, Underperformance & Misconduct and WHS, and held all-staff training and education sessions, as key steps towards discharging our positive duty. We recommend that all employers do the same

If you would like to implement or update your workplace policies or wish to engage BAL Lawyers to carry out training in your workplace, please contact Gabrielle to discuss your needs at or call 02 6274 0907.

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