Employers covered by the Commonwealth WHS Act will receive training on preventing workplace s-xual harassment, under one of a string of safety-related measures included in the Federal Government's 2021-22 budget, delivered last night.
An employer and its workplace health service provider have been ordered to pay a worker $100,000 each, after their use of her picture in a s-xually suggestive workplace health and safety poster led her to suffer a "serious and prolonged psychological injury".
The NSW Government has committed to adopting a string of recommendations on the anti-bullying policies for ministerial offices, made in a report examining the WHS duties of MPs and "officers", and best practice bullying-response procedures used in the private sector and other jurisdictions.
The ACT Government has confirmed plans to transfer the offence of industrial manslaughter from the Crimes Act to its WHS laws, in a move that is likely to increase the maximum fine by millions of dollars.
Employers will have an explicit positive duty to eliminate workplace s-xual harassment and discrimination, under laws flagged in response to the latest major review of the issue. The review identified barriers to tackling harassment "through a WHS lens".
A worker's senior managers bullied him by relentlessly pushing him to admit his wrongdoing after a WHS incident, to the detriment of the workplace's safety culture, the Fair Work Commission has found in agreeing to issue stop-bullying orders.