The Work Couch

The Work Couch: Preventing sexual harassment post-#MeToo (Part 1): How do UK and Australian laws compare?

Published on 19 April 2023

Welcome to The Work Couch, the podcast series where we explore how your business can navigate today's tricky people challenges and respond to key developments in the ever-evolving world of employment law.

In recognition of April being sexual assault awareness month in Australia, we decided to devote our fourth episode to the topic of workplace sexual harassment at work. Teaming up with our Terralex partner firm Lander & Rogers, we take a look at how the relevant employment law protections in the UK and Australia measure up.

Ellie Gelder talks to two employment law experts on either side of the world, Aaron Goonrey and Kelly Thomson, about:

  • The legal definitions of sexual harassment in Australia and the UK;
  • Work parties and sexual harassment since the pandemic;
  • Dealing with banter and jokes at work;
  • Changes to the law on sexual harassment in Australia, following the enactment of the Respect at Work Act 2022;
  • The role of psychological safety;
  • Third-party harassment and proposed changes to UK law;
  • Intersectional challenges and considerations;
  • The role of active allyship; and
  • Key takeaways for employers dealing with sexual harassment allegations.

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