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Free Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

California employers with 5 or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training for all employees every two years. Supervisors must receive 2-hours of training. All other employees must receive at least 1-hour of training.

The training must cover specific topics, and can only be conducted by certain experienced professionals. The CalChamber and other organizations offer fairly reasonably-priced online training videos. I, as well as other attorneys, provide live training. The price can vary significantly.

Now employers have a free option: The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has finally posted their online training. And it is absolutely free!

I’m typically not a fan of “one-size-fits-all” video training because you don’t get to address specific issues or adapt the presentation to the company’s culture. But if you are going to do video training to meet your anti-harassment policy obligations, then the DFEH training is likely a good choice. Aside from being free, it will undoubtedly include all the required content.

My biggest concern about video training is that there is no evidence that video training about sexual harassment actually prevents sexual harassment. Live (including via Zoom or other webinar platforms) training can be adapted to fit a company’s specific needs and is usually more engaging than watching a pre-recorded video. Of course, live training may be more costly and it may be more difficult to conduct the training at the same time.

Although the legislature extended the time frame within which the sexual harassment prevention training must be completed, the date is rapidly approaching. If your employees have not received the required training, consider the DFEH Sexual Harassment Prevention Training. If you prefer a more tailored-training, give me a call.

Original article Robert E. Nuddleman

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Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

I’m pleased to announce that I will be conducting sexual harassment prevention training on August 29th in Pleasanton. The training is being hosted by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance in an effort to help non-profits complete their required training. Anyone is welcome–you don’t have to be a non-profit–but nonprofit agencies are part of TVNPA get a special discount.

The full Press Release is below. I hope to see you there.

TVNPA Offers Sexual Harassment Prevention Seminar

On Thursday, August 29, the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) is offering a sexual harassment prevention seminar. Starting in 2019, all for-profit and non-profit organizations state-wide with five or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training for their employees, and this seminar satisfies that requirement. The training is also open to non-profit volunteers and board members.

The seminar will be held from 8:30-11:15 AM at Hively (formerly Child Care Links), located at 6100 Owens Drive in Pleasanton. The seminar includes a one-hour session for all employees from 9-10 AM and an additional one-hour session for supervisory staff from 10:15-11:15 AM. For complete details and to register visit www.tvnpa.org. TVNPA members receive a registration discount.

Robert Nuddleman, a Pleasanton attorney who has specialized in employment and business law for over 20 years, will lead both sessions. Nuddleman encourages attendees to bring questions and share their relevant experiences during the sessions and will incorporate role-playing to make the seminar as engaging as possible. “This will be a great opportunity for attendees to get guidance in an extremely sensitive area from someone who has litigated sexual harassment cases for many years.”

Organizations that fail to complete the training by January 1, 2020 “could possibly be cited by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing,” says Nuddleman. “More importantly, the absence of training could be used as evidence that the employer failed to take all reasonable steps to prevent sexual harassment.”

“Most importantly,” Nuddleman adds, “educating employees about inappropriate workplace conduct, and what to do if someone is a victim of, or is aware of, potentially inappropriate conduct, can create a positive work environment.”

After 2019, organizations will be required to complete sexual harassment prevention training every two years. For FAQ’s visit https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/resources/frequently-asked-questions/employment-faqs/sexual-harassment-faqs/

For more information about TVNPA visit www.tvnpa.org