Overview: Training employees and supervisors, to the greatest extent possible, improves communications within the organization and reduces any organization's exposure to workplace legal risks. Specifically, proper recordkeeping practices can place employers in a better position when targeted in regulatory audits, participating in compliance reviews or defending court claims.
Training requirements vary by state. Training addressing harassment in the workplace continues to be required in several states. Newer legislative requirements address documentation regarding training in E-Verify compliance.
In order to achieve internal goals and balance training needs and desires, employers should conduct a training needs analysis. Effective training programs accurately identify what subjects should be taught, and which employees should be trained.
Trends: Employers now enjoy a wide array of employee training and development options, especially with the rise of learning-based technologies for the workplace. Global employers may wish to invest in a centralized training system, with options for customization based on local priorities and requests. Developments in this area add affordable possibilities to an employer's menu of training choices.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
Updated to include forthcoming amendments to sexual harassment training law.
President Donald J. Trump has signed an Executive Order that calls for an "empirically rigorous evaluation" of current apprenticeship and workforce development programs. Employers would have greater discretion in designing these job training programs under the new directives.
This Worked Example illustrates how HR may measure the return on investment (ROI) of a sexual harassment prevention program.
This briefing for supervisors examines the law and best practices for managing issues related to employees seeking family military leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Updated to reflect forthcoming training requirements under the Property Services Workers Protection Act.
Longtime employment attorney Robin Shea discusses the importance of supervisor training and which topics should be covered with supervisors on a regular basis to ensure its effectiveness. Issues such as workplace harassment, discrimination, bullying and many others are addressed.
Enhanced to improve the comprehensiveness, organization and scope of coverage.