Updated: Jul 2, 2020
California is at the forefront of workplace protections and passed several anti-harassment laws last year. SB 1343 requires employers with 5 or more employees to provide training to all employees by January 1, 2021.
There are many options for providing sexual harassment prevention training and I will be sharing some of the best with you. Providing this training is the first step in protecting your business from harassment in the workplace. By educating your staff on what constitutes harassment, you clearly state what behavior is and is not acceptable in the workplace.
The best sexual harassment prevention trainings treat harassment like the serious topic that it is. The #metoo movement and subsequent legislation have brought unjust workplace practices to light, and have made many of us think more deeply about the way that we behave at work. The following are best practices for sexual harassment prevention trainings:
Do a training that is meaningful
Have an interactive training
Have a productive dialogue and allow for questions
The goal is to change behavior
Show that you care about your employees
Video trainings are available through CalHR (the California Department of Human Resources). Video delivery is convenient for employers because trainings can be assigned to employees individually to be taken on their own time. The employee should meet with their supervisor following the training to discuss any questions they may have and the supervisor should collect their training certification. Certifications from any sexual harassment prevention training should be kept in your employee's files.
Live trainings with up to 12 staff are the most interactive type of training and have the potential to affect the most change. If your workplace has practices engrained into the culture which may constitute harassment, a more interactive process is best. If this is happening in your workplace, reach out to me so we can talk about the best options for protecting your business.
If you have any questions about Sexual Harassment Prevention trainings or the new state laws, feel free to reach out to me.
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