HR Support on Employee Training

Editor's Note: Invest in training employees to further legal compliance and overall productivity.

Marta MoakleyOverview: 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

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    Type:
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    Date:
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    Type:
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    Date:
    13 December 2013
    Type:
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    Date:
    09 December 2013
    Type:
    Editor's Choice

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    Type:
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    This chart covers private employer requirements by state for sexual harassment training and related record retention or notice communications. However, employers in all states should consider providing sexual harassment training in order to minimize liability risks due to a supervisor's inappropriate comments or because of a supervisor's failure to adequately address a harassment incident.

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    Type:
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    Date:
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    Type:
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  • Date:
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    Date:
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    Type:
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HR guidance on the legal risks and benefits regarding training programs.