Sexual harassment prevention - A missed opportunity

I have to agree with the article
https://lnkd.in/ggtpWPm

Especially in relation to recommendation 17;
Amend the Sex Discrimination Act to introduce a positive duty on all employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, as far as possible.

The government argued that such requirements are already implied in a general employer duty to protect employees’ health and safety.

As the general duty is contained the WHS legislation and most sexual harassment is reported as a HR matter to HR staff and not WHS staff I think that the Govt has failed to provide sufficient employee protection and a clear message that sexual harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated.

This is a missed opportunity for employees to be mindful of ensuring that they have the five elements in place to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, as far as possible.

1. Have a clear well written policy outlining that sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation is unlawful and will not be tolerated in the workplace.

2. Ensure that all employees know about the policy, it's contents and when it can viewed/obtained

3. Have training and retraining in place to ensure that all employees are aware of their behavioural responsibilities

4. Ensure that the organisation has a trusted reporting mechanism for sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation complaints

5. Ensure that the organisation has a professional and timely investigation process for sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation complaints

Thoughts?

Need help - Australian Workplace Training & Investigation (AWPTI) can assist with training programs for employees and HR staff to help to ensure that your organisation takes the reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sex discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation, as far as possible.

https://awpti.com.au/sexual-harassment-training/
https://awpti.com.au/sexual-harassment-investigation-training/

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