From today, the Fair Work Commission can receive applications for orders to stop sexual harassment at work.
The Fair Work Commission’s stop bullying jurisdiction under the Fair Work Act 2009 has been expanded by the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 so that the Commission can now receive applications for orders to stop bullying, to stop sexual harassment, or to stop both bullying and sexual harassment at work.
Detailed information on the Commission’s role in dealing with applications to stop sexual harassment at work is now available on the Commission’s website.
The website provides guidance on what sexual harassment at work is, who can apply, the process, how to respond to an application and information about discrimination, general protections and work health and safety.
The Commission’s Forms F72, F73 and F74 have been revised and updated so that they can also be used to deal with applications to stop sexual harassment at work. Applicants will use a single form to apply for orders to stop bullying, to stop sexual harassment or to stop bullying and sexual harassment.
A new Orders to Stop Sexual Harassment Benchbook has also been published.
The Fair Work Commission Rules 2013 have been amended, and a consolidated version will be available shortly.