The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2021 estimates that at the current rate of progress it will take more than two and a half centuries to close the worldwide gender gap in economic participation and opportunity, with Australia ranked 70 out of 156 countries. Although the proportion of skilled women in the workforce

The spectre of claims under anti-discrimination legislation (and the related media) appears to drive nervousness in some businesses. This is especially the case when dealing with longer term ill or injured employees. In this blog we make two suggestions about how to handle this issue in the context of non-work related illness and injury:

  • Be open and transparent with employees when determining what their illness or injury means for their ability to work, and
  • In deciding whether a business is required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the workplace to enable a disabled worked to continue working, the inherent requirements of the role must be able to be identified with ease and precision.

These suggestions are discussed in more detail below.
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What is happening?

The expanded gender diversity reporting requirements for businesses with over 100 employees, introduced by the previous Labor Government in the form of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) (WGE Act), are likely to be back on the agenda with Federal Parliament resuming this week. 
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