Combating workplace harassment remains a top priority of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),which reported that charges alleging sexual harassment increased by 13.6% from fiscal year 2017 to fiscal year 2018. A snapshot of four recent EEOC settlements highlights the need for organizations to also make harassment prevention a priority and move the conversation from awareness to action through effective policies, procedures, training and a commitment by senior management. EEOC settlements with restaurants
A restaurant in Orlando’s popular “Restaurant Row,” agreed to pay $80,000 and take other steps to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit charging the restaurant created and encouraged a work environment in which “unwelcome, sexually charged comments and conduct was permissible and commonplace,” the EEOC said. The target of much of the misconduct was a female bartender, who was repeatedly propositioned, asked to go on dates, subjected to sexual innuendo and told to dress “sexy” and “date-ready.” When she complained, the restaurant owner fired her, the EEOC said.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CA, March 12, 2019 – Traliant, an innovator in sexual harassment training, today announced the availability of HIPAA training for healthcare organizations and their business associates. The online training courses focus on the essential information individuals need to comply with HIPAA regulations and keep patients’ personal and health information private and secure. The training is available in two versions: HIPAA for Covered Entities and HIPAA for Business Associates.
HIPAA for Covered Entities is appropriate for organizations such as medical practices, hospitals, dental practices, nursing homes, pharmacies, health plans and healthcare clearinghouses. HIPAA for Business Associates is designed for individuals who come in contact with protected health information. This includes business associates of medical device companies, accountants, lawyers, consultants, data processors and others.
March 8 is International Women’s Day, an annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year’s theme, #BalanceforBetter, is a yearlong campaign to drive more gender balance among leaders in business, government, media, sports and communities around the world. It’s also an opportunity for organizations to actively address gender bias, diversity and inclusion and sexual harassment − issues that go to the heart of women advancing in the workplace. There are hundreds of #IWD2019 events planned worldwide. To search for events in your area visit: internationalwomensday.comRead On
One year after #MeToo, more states are enacting stronger anti-harassment laws that come with sexual harassment training requirements. New York State and New York City are at the forefront. For employers in New York City with 15 or more employees, April 1, 2019 starts the countdown to begin training all employees on sexual harassment prevention. Under the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, all employees must complete the training by April 1, 2020 and then be trained annually. Employees include part-time workers and independent contractors, who work more than 80 hours in a calendar year and work for at least 90 days. Read On
While not a new concept, unconscious bias gained global attention last year when Starbucks closed 8,000 of its stores for an afternoon to train staff on unconscious bias, following an incident at one of its Philadelphia stores. Unconscious bias training has become part of the conversation on how to better address hidden biases and improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Here are 4 ways training can help employees understand and address unconscious bias:Read On