Discrimination, WorkChoices, Diversity

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Discrimination, WorkChoices, Diversity

HREOC has reminded employers of the need for discrimination-free workplaces — particularly now that WorkChoices has brought unlawful dismissal matters to the fore.

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HREOC has reminded employers of the need for discrimination-free workplaces — particularly now that WorkChoices has brought unlawful dismissal matters to the fore. Meanwhile, the second annual Workplace Diversity Conference will be held in Sydney in March.

Australian employers must continue to strive for workplaces free from discrimination and harassment in the post WorkChoices industrial landscape, President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), John von Doussa QC, said last week.

'An increase in employment-related complaints to HREOC since the introduction of the Australian Government’s new WorkChoices legislation sounds a timely reminder to all businesses, regardless of their size, that they must still adhere to Federal and State equal opportunity laws,' Mr von Doussa said.

'Both employers and employees should remember that all staff — casuals, probationers, contract workers, commission agents and full- and part-timers — can make a complaint to HREOC if they feel they have been discriminated against,' Mr von Doussa noted.

Employers can access help on addressing discrimination and harassment in the workplace by referring to HREOC’s ‘Good Practice, Good Business’ information resource which can be found at the Information for Employers site.

Employees and employers can also contact HREOC’s complaints Information Service on 1300 656 419 or 02 9284 9888 for further information about their rights and responsibilities.

Workplace Diversity — upcoming conference

The 2nd Annual Workplace Diversity Conference brings together leading minds drawn from across public and private industry sectors to address ways that diversity can be utilised to increase an organisations performance and know how.

19 - 21 Mar 2007. Location: Crowne Plaza Darling Harbour — Sydney, Australia. Details are at the conference website.

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