In the last year or so, the #MeToo movement has shed light on just how common sexual harassment is in the workplace. From celebrities to day-to-day workers, thousands of people – women, in particular – have shared stories about how they have been harassed in the workplace. The statistics are staggering. Surveys show that up...
It is very important for everyone to learn what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace so that it can be recognized immediately. Everyone should have the right to work in an environment that is free of harassment, and in order for companies to achieve this goal, employees have to understand the basic rights of the workplace. There...
Scenario 1: Breakroom Chat Three colleagues are in the kitchen during their lunch break. Two are engaged in private conversation, although they are speaking quite loudly. Marie asks Claire why it is so hard to find someone to date. She makes reference to behaviors in which she has engaged in the past—in vivid detail—and her...
"Many of us want to be heard, very few of us want to be identified, but all of us want this culture to change." – Anne Montgomery The quotation above comes from a former intern to Jeff Kruse, the Oregon State Senator who resigned in 2018 after allegations of sexual misconduct made against him were published. At a newly created Committee on Culture, Montgomery told state lawmakers how a “code of silence” operated at the Oregon State Capitol building, and described a longstanding culture of sexual harassment.
"While the federal government repeatedly ignores the voices of women speaking out against the scourge of sexual violence, in New York, we are taking action," Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, said. On April 12, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed into law the FY 2019 New York State Budget, which included important sexual harassment standards for all employers in the state. A proposal from his 2018 Women's Agenda for New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity; the package is, according to New York State, the most comprehensive one pertaining to sexual harassment in the United States.
Sexual harassment prevention is essential for your organization. Not only does it ensure that every employee feels safe and comfortable, but in many instances, it enables you to remain legally compliant with your state’s laws. Many states outline specific rules concerning the provision of sexual harassment training in the workplace.
Sexual Harassment prevention training isn’t new to employers in California, but the number of employers and employees impacted by such training initiatives has grown. Shortly after New York passed legislation requiring that all employees receive annual sexual harassment prevention training, California set about expanding on the previous requirements set forth by AB1825. Is Your Company Impacted by SB1343? Previously, with AB1825, employers with at
Recent sexual assault scandals have rocked the U.S. and the world. High-profile media and entertainment celebrities have been forced to step down from their lofty perches in light of widespread sexual harassment allegations. The behavior of candidates for the highest offices in the land has been scrutinized, placing their candidacy at serious risk.
What’s on the horizon for compliance training? The landscape is expanding and changing rapidly, with new technology and visions on how to keep the workplace safe and comfortable, with a view to ensuring that employees are confident and informed every day. As 2018 comes to a close, we are on the cusp of exciting possibilities and solutions for businesses in the new year. Here are the compliance training trends that are set to define 2019. 1. Customization will be the buzzword of 2019. Your accountant deals with your business’s sensitive financial data every day.
From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, California companies have frequently made headlines for incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault. But the culture of “boys will be boys”, prevalent in tech companies and the entertainment industry, is being challenged on a number of fronts. The toxic culture which has been tolerated, and even facilitated, in these industries is facing increasing scrutiny and legislative pressure. In September 2018, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed into law a series of bills designed to more effectively prevent and eliminate sexual misconduct in the workplace.