The Federal Government changed the law in late 2022. The laws have imposed a new 'positive duty' on all employers. This requires all employers to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual harassment from occurring in the workplace. Responding to complaints when they arise is no longer enough.
There is no exemption under this law - not even for small business. No matter the size of the business, if reasonable steps are not taken to eliminate sexual harassment and sex-based harassment in the workplace, the employer could be held liable and face considerable financial and reputational damage to the business. Some of the recent legislative changes are already in effect, however further changes including new avenues for employees to pursue claims and the Human Rights Commissions powers to actually enforce the new ‘positive duty’ on employers will take effect from 13 December 2023.
This 3.5 hour program focuses on creating a psychologically safe and respectful workplace. It will support the organisation to prevent workplace discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment by helping team members understand the harm those behaviours cause. It provides practical role-plays, bystander strategies and clarification of the reporting & escalation process. This program supports the implementation of the Respect@Work legislation which places a positive duty on employers to prevent workplace sexual harassment, sex discrimination and victimisation at work.
This 3.5 hour program is the perfect follow-on from Showing Respect@Work. It will support the organisation in creating a psychologically safe and respectful ‘feedback culture’ where staff are competent at giving and receiving high-quality feedback without blaming, defending, justifying, or shaming themselves or others. It educates team members on how to use constructive language to encourage growth and understanding, rather than defensiveness. The program is highly interactive with fun role-plays and deep values-driven discussions. People attending this program often comment how helpful it has been with their personal relationships
This 3.5 hour program focuses on teaching leaders and teams how to create an inclusive workplace whilst embracing diversity and working towards equity. A workplace that is genuinely and sustainably equitable for all, regardless of gender, age, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or religious or cultural background lends itself to many high-level goals, such as increased innovation, efficiency and better results. The program includes courageous dialogue, practical solutions and applications to identify and address unconscious bias, stereotypes, prejudice and double-binds. It’s the program to promote awareness and true learning through courageous dialogue and practical tools.
Yes, research by the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2018 revealed:
However, there are different legal responsibilities for different people in the workplace. Visit the Respect@Work's website to learn about the 'Legal responsibilities'. Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) recommended the adoption of new framework to more effectively prevent, and respond to, workplace sexual harassment. The new framework recognises that a more holistic, approach is necessary, one that looks beyond policies, training and complaint-handling procedures. This approach recognises that sexual harassment is primarily driven by gender inequality and power imbalance and looks at all the steps that can be taken within workplaces to better prevent and respond to it. It more effectively meets an employer’s positive obligation to provide a safe, harassment-free workplace. The Respect@Work workplace prevention and response framework is a thorough and comprehensive approach to erradicating sexual harassment from Australian Workplaces. To learn more about how People for Success can help with a risk assessment contact us.
Respect@Work 2 to 3.5 hour sessions support organisation's to take all reasonable steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment and to comply with new vicarious liability provisions of the Far Work Act.
The amendments to the Fair Work Act and Sexual Discrimination Act ultimately mean organisations that fail to take reasonable steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment may be subject to enforcement action and/or civil penalties.
Taking proactive steps to address discriminatory and harassing conduct and tackle problematic cultures will help to create respectful, productive workplaces. We can help you create respectful and psychologically safe workplaces.
This 2-3 hour program focuses on creating a psychologically safe and respectful workplace. It will support the organisation to prevent workplace discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment by helping team members understand the harm those behaviours cause. It provides practical role-plays, bystander strategies and clarification of the reporting & escalation process. This program supports the implementation of the Respect@Work legislation which places a positive duty on employers to prevent workplace sexual harassment, sex discrimination and victimisation at work.
Many training providers deliver a bland program that ticks a box. Sure, it shows that reasonable steps were taken to prevent sexual harassment and disrespectful behaviour but does it change the culture? This program is run by our Founder Kristyn Haywood who has been a Human Resources Executive herself. She has trained thousands of leaders from Executives right through to junior supervisor. Her entertaining and animated delivery style, together with her extensive first-hand experience makes her the perfect facilitator to run this important program.
We deliver different types of Respect@Work programs depending on your specific requirements. We can tailor a program to suit your culture. We may research your engagement scores, isolate certain problem behaviours and work in a targeted way to eliminate disrespect. We host Respect@Work monthly circles with some clients to practice speaking up against disrespect@work. Speaking up is a habit that can be built with practice.