Starting a new job

Respect@Work: New sexual harassment protections and changes to compassionate leave

On 10 September 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 was updated with new provisions to address sexual harassment at work. The changes aim to make sure that workers are protected and empowered to address sexual harassment at work. The Fair Work Act was also updated to include miscarriage as a reason to access compassionate leave.

We’re reviewing the information in this online learning course in light of these changes. We encourage you to keep checking back here for updates.

Find out more at New sexual harassment protections take effect.

On 13 August 2020, the High Court handed down a decision about the method of accruing and taking paid personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards. The High Court has found that the entitlement to 10 days of personal/carer’s leave is calculated based on an employee’s hours of work, not days. 10 days of personal leave can be calculated as 1/26 of an employee's ordinary hours of work in a year.

The High Court’s decision overturns a decision made by the Full Federal Court in August 2019. We’re reviewing our information and will update this course soon.

Learn more about the decision at High Court decision: accrual of personal/carer’s leave.

Course overview

This course provides general guidance about starting a new job.

It will help you understand:

  • what your rights are
  • what questions to ask
  • the types of behaviour expected in the workplace.

There’s also information to help parents, teachers, friends and career advisers assist young people to start work in a confident and positive way.

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