What You Should Know About Workplace Sexual Harassment Training

Employers must comply with sexual harassment law. It mandates that employers provide harassment training to all supervisors in their organizations. This law has different needs than most states must be strictly adhered to. All businesses with more than 50 employees must provide training to their supervisors.

The threshold of 50 employees includes all part-time and full-time employees in an organization. For example, if a company has 40 part-time employees and only 10 full-time employees even then they have to train their supervisors under the guidelines in order to prevent harassment in the workplace.

The definition of a supervisor under this law is the person who makes a non-clerical judgement decision in the area of hiring, firing, promotion, recognition and many other areas. Supervisors must be trained for at least two hours every two years. New supervisors must be trained within six months of hire.

This training should consist of all aspects of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, including prevention, correction of problems and solutions that are available for victims. Training should be interactive – lecture or video should be accompanied by a question and answer session or interactive role-play. Employers must keep thorough records of all training to prove that they are in compliance with the law.