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
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Updated to reflect amendments to regulations addressing sexual harassment prevention training for supervisors, effective April 1, 2016.
Updated to reflect amendments to sexual harassment prevention training requirements.
A Supervisor Briefing and related PowerPoint presentation addressing employment and labor law training have been added.
This Supervisor Briefing examines the best practices regarding new supervisor training with respect to labor and employment law compliance.
California has amended its Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) discrimination and harassment regulations, effective April 1, 2016.