The Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 commenced on 11 September 2021.
It amends the Fair Work Act 2009, extending the stop-bullying jurisdiction so that the Fair Work Commission will be able to make orders to stop sexual harassment at work.
Applications for such orders can be made to the Commission from 11 November 2021.
- a new legislative note makes it clear that sexual harassment can be a valid reason for dismissal, and
- leave entitlements have been amended to allow 2 days of compassionate leave if an employee, or their spouse or de facto partner, has a miscarriage.
More information about these changes will be published on our website as it becomes available, including details on how applications to stop sexual harassment at work can be made.