Voluntary code of practice on sexual harassment

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Voluntary code of practice on sexual harassment

A voluntary Code of Practice on sexual harassment has been released by the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner in a bid to assist employers fulfil their obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

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A voluntary Code of Practice on sexual harassment has been released by the federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner in a bid to assist employers fulfil their obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

The Code provides employers with a plain English explanation of their obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

In addition, the Code offers specific strategies for establishing sexual harassment policies and complaint procedures, and addresses issues such as defamation, record-keeping and termination of employment.

The Code of Practice also examines the specific needs of small business in developing appropriate strategies to counter sexual harassment.

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner has stated that, while the Code is voluntary, she is confident that it will assist employers to meet their obligations under Federal law.

A review of the Code will be conducted after a six month trial period, and will take into account employer responses to the Code.

About the Chamber’s Workplace Equality Advisory Service

Australian Business Chamber’s Workplace Equality Advisory Service can assist your company put in place strategies for preventing sexual harassment and for dealing with it appropriately when it does happen. Such strategies will go a long way towards ensuring that your company complies with the Code of Practice and the law upon which it is based.

 

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