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"Positive duty" focus in Senate's Respect@Work debate

Labor and the Greens have flagged amendments to the Respect@Work legislation that would place a positive duty on employers to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

Mining majors reveal extent of sexual assault, harassment

Resources giant BHP has told a WA parliamentary inquiry that it has terminated six employees for sexual assault and 48 for sexual harassment in its mining operations across the State over the past two years, while Rio Tinto has substantiated one sexual assault and 29 sexual harassment cases in its WA FIFO operations since the start of last year.

Gender pay gap widens; & more

Earnings gap highlights value of gender pay audits, says WGEA; Court orders air traffic operator to pay $70K penalty to union; and New permit for CFMMEU official despite transgression.

"Massive" rise in compensation for harassment at laundry

In a decision said to have "massively" raised the bar on compensation amounts, Queensland's Industrial Court has boosted a "manifestly inadequate" $50,000 payout to nearly $160,000 for a casual laundry worker who faced demands for s-x in return for work.

Inquiry backs FWC delay, but rejects "positive duty" call

A Coalition-dominated Senate inquiry has backed the FWC's request to delay implementing proposed extensions to its anti-sexual-harassment jurisdiction, but declined to support Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' call to include her "positive duty" recommendation in the Morrison Government's Respect at Work legislation.


Mining sector backs Jenkins' positive duty call

The resource sector's peak body has backed Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins' call for the Morrison Government to include her "positive duty" recommendation in the Respect at Work legislation.

Name and shame threat for recalcitrant pollies

The Morrison Government will establish an independent complaints mechanism to handle sexual harassment, assaults and bullying in Federal parliamentary workplaces, while it is also considering "naming and shaming" MPs and senators who fail to undertake anti-harassment training.

Bench backs $200K payout for worker "mortified" by poster

A consultancy found jointly liable with Sydney Water for sexual harassment of a female employee when they displayed a suggestive safety poster has failed in an appeal court bid to have its responsibility reduced because, it claimed, its role had been limited to design and it had no connection to her workplace.

Expand scope of FWC anti-harassment orders: Jenkins

A praiseworthy male student teacher who receives "highly critical" feedback from his female high school teacher supervisor after politely declining her invitation for drinks would be able to seek an order against sex-based harassment from the FWC, under a proposal by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.