Employment Point-in-Time Service Updates

Friday 8 October 2021 @ 2.54 p.m.

The Employment Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 (Cth) (Act 104 of 2021).

Act 104 of 2021

The Government is taking action to strengthen, simplify and streamline the legislative and regulatory frameworks that protect workers from sexual harassment and other forms of sex discrimination in the workplace. This Act would ensure that more workers, particularly vulnerable workers, are protected and empowered to address unlawful conduct. These reforms are essential for advancing both women’s safety and economic security. This Act would give effect to legislative amendments set out in the Roadmap for Respect and will implement Respect@Work Report Recommendations 16, 20, 21, 22, 29, and 30.

This Act would also vary the existing entitlement to compassionate leave in the Fair Work Act to include miscarriage as a permissible occasion. This will enable an employee to take up to two days of paid compassionate leave (unpaid for casuals) if the employee, or employee’s current spouse or de facto partner, has a miscarriage. This amendment further supports women’s safety and economic security.

These amendments have been updated in the Point-in-Time Employment Service current to 7 October 2021. (Note: Subscription required).

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