Don’t Forget State-Mandated Anti-Harassment Training for Your Employees

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If you have not gotten started on your efforts to provide anti-harassment training to your California employees, you need to get working on it now. A new law passed last year puts the onus on most employers in the state to provide anti-sexual harassment training to their staff every two years. Starting this year, employers with five or more workers must provide: At least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisory employees, and At least one hour of sexual harassment prevention training to all non-supervisory staff. To be compliant by Jan. 1, 2020, as per the law,…
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New California Law Imposes Additional Requirements For Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

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The #MeToo Movement is proving to have a lasting effect not just on Hollywood, but the legislative landscape for employers in California. New regulatory changes taking effect in 2019 have many employers looking for access to training and resources to navigate the added requirements. The Changes Under SB 1343, employers with 5 or more employees must have all staff complete at least one hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training and Education by the end of 2019. Employees in supervisory roles will be required to complete at least two hours of training. These requirements are a noted increase from the previous ones in…
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#MeToo Movement to Spawn Wave of Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

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After revelations of sexual misconduct by a number of high-power executives, media personalities and politicians last year spawned the #MeToo movement, defense lawyers are predicting a record number of sexual harassment lawsuits will be filed against employers in the coming year. The #MeToo movement has emboldened women who have been sexually harassed, abused or worse by a work superior or co-worker to come out and tell their stories. Any employer whose workers were subjected to this kind of behavior is at risk of being sued, regardless of whether or not the employer knew about the incident. The costs of sexual…
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Sexual Harassment Lawsuits: How to Protect Your Company

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By now, employers should all realize and understand that sexual harassment is illegal. However, what they might not be aware of are two 20-year-old rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that: • Expanded what is termed sexual harassment; • Expanded the responsibility that employers have to provide a work environment that’s non-hostile; and • Did away with harassed employees having to prove that their company holds some responsibility or that their career suffered from lack of promotion, firing, demotion, or other such action. Employers are now directly responsible for employee behavior, thereby giving harassed workers more recourse in bringing about…
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