In today’s #MeToo era, ensuring a safe, harassment-free workplace for all employees is one of the top challenges facing HR professionals. Bad behavior left unchecked increases the risk of harassment and discrimination lawsuits and creates a toxic workplace culture that hurts morale and productivity, recruiting and retention and the physical and emotional health of employees.
Some recent data underscores the health risks of a toxic workplace:
– A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that exposure to “everyday discrimination” may contribute to elevated blood pressure and a greater risk for cardiovascular disease over time in US women.Read On
For New York employers, the spotlight on preventing sexual harassment in the workplace has resulted in new legislation and requirements for organizations of all sizes, including mandatory sexual harassment training. As the deadlines loom, there are still plenty of employers who are not aware of the new sexual harassment laws in New York State and New York City, according to Crain’s New York Business. And among employers who do know about the new laws, some are uncertain about the requirements and how to comply with them.
A lack of awareness or confusion about New York’s new anti-harassment training requirements can increase the risk of costly harassment claims and violations and undermine an organization’s efforts to create a safe, inclusive workplace culture. Read On
A year after the #MeToo movement sparked a national conversation about workplace harassment, there was a 12% jump in sexual harassment charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to the agency’s preliminary sexual harassment data for fiscal year 2018. In a related issue, nearly half (49%) of all EEOC charges in 2017 involved retaliation, making it once again the most frequently filed claim. Organizations should view the latest EEOC data as a timely reminder to review and revise current anti-harassment policies, reporting procedures and training programs to ensure they clearly explain the interrelationship between harassment and retaliation. Educating and training supervisors and managers on how to identify and avoid the damaging effects of retaliation is an important step in creating a respectful, harassment-free workplace culture.Read On
Veterans Day is a national holiday to honor veterans who served the country in war or peace. Celebrated every November 11, Veterans Day is also an opportunity for HR professionals to recognize the value, experience and skills that veterans bring to the workplace.
Each year, about 250,000 service members transition into civilian life, according to data from the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. However, the move from active duty to the workplace can be difficult − 90% of veterans say they have faced challenges when looking for employment, according to a panel of veterans at SHRM’s recent Diversity & Inclusion Conference.Read On
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, November 7, 2018 – Traliant, an innovator in online compliance training, today announced the availability of a new training course, Avoiding Retaliation. The course is designed for supervisors, who need to ensure that employees who make discrimination and harassment complaints are protected from retaliation.
In the #MeToo era, creating a work environment that is free of harassment, discrimination and retaliation has never been more important. And with the consistent rise in workplace retaliation charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), it’s imperative that organizations regularly train supervisors on how to address retaliatory behavior and reduce the risk of violations and claims.