Overview: Employee training and development can be an invaluable tool in providing supervisors opportunities for growth, leading to a long, successful tenure at the organization. Supervisor training should include additional subjects to those included in the training of a typical employee.
Although many employers may be tempted to invest in ready-made "off-the-shelf" programs, supervisor training should focus on internal policies and procedures, as well as a wide spectrum of employment laws and regulations. Therefore, a more customized approach should be taken in fashioning supervisor training, with a view toward minimizing overall liability concerns. However, nonharassment and nonretaliation training should continue to be a priority for supervisors across the industry spectrum.
Trends: Supervisors and managers have been targeted by regulatory enforcement agencies in the course of workplace investigations, resulting in potential personal liability for these individuals. In addition, certain federal and state laws permit employees to file claims against their supervisors or managers in certain circumstances. Therefore, supervisors should receive adequate training to respond to employee complaints and avoid behaviors posing greater personal liability.
Author: Marta Moakley, JD, Legal Editor
In-depth review of the spectrum of California employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to training and development.
California's sexual harassment prevention training requirements will soon be enhanced with an abusive conduct component.
This Quick Reference 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.
California employers must cover abusive conduct in their supervisor harassment prevention training programs effective January 1, 2015, under a state law enacted last week.
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This briefing for supervisors examines the law and best practices for complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
HR guidance on the legal risks and benefits regarding supervisor training programs.