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THU
3:30PM

Major face mask issue "devastating" for many workers

A study on the rapid, widespread adoption of workplace mask requirements for the COVID-19 pandemic has identified the need for "urgent action" to protect workers affected by hearing loss from "devastating" communication problems.

WED
2:28PM

"Positive" safety duties moved for harassment Bill

PCBUs will be required by both anti-discrimination and employment laws to proactively eliminate work-related s-xual harassment and victimisation, under proposed amendments moved in the Federal Senate. Meanwhile, Western Australians have been asked to comment on whether to add a "positive duty" to the State's equal opportunity legislation.

TUE
11:34AM

"Tormented" worker wins record damages on appeal

A court has nearly quadrupled the damages awarded to a worker who sustained psychological injuries from being subjected to "lewd and disgusting behaviour" from her manager, and from the prospect of being humiliated and demeaned on a daily basis.

FRI
12:25PM

Harassed worker entitled to $1.25m, plus SRC benefits

In a case highlighting the potential financial ramifications of workplace harassment and safety incidents, the Federal Court has rejected a bid to recover nearly $700,000 in incapacity payments and medical expenses from an injured worker, who was paid $1.25 million to settle her s-xual harassment and discrimination claims.

THU
1:54PM

Harassment laws aligned with WHS Act in new Bill

The Federal Government today introduced a Bill empowering the Fair Work Commission to issue stop-workplace-s-xual-harassment orders, and better aligning anti-discrimination legislation with the model WHS laws.

THU
12:22PM

AGs kick-start harmonisation of anti-discrimination laws

Australia's Attorneys-General have agreed to work towards the harmonisation of human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, and progress other recommendations aimed at tackling workplace s-xual harassment and improving safety.

TUE
3:44PM

Why mandatory COVID vaccine policies could backfire

Ill-considered decisions on the COVID-19 vaccination, and on whether it should be mandatory for workers, could result in employers facing costly discrimination, harassment and bullying claims, a leading workplace advisor has warned.


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