Introduction to Workplace Harassment Training Online

Preventing harassment in the workplace is one of the most pressing compliance training initiatives for all organizations. Sexual harassment training is mandated in certain states and essential to building a legal defense under the Faragher-Ellerth affirmative defense requirements. Regular, high-quality online workplace harassment training educates employees and raises awareness about harassment—one of the most common forms of employee misconduct—and helps build a respectful workplace.

NAVEX Global offers several versions of Workplace Harassment training courses for managers and non-manager employees. Our online harassment training is built in close collaboration with Littler Mendelson, the nation’s largest workplace compliance law firm, and is exclusively endorsed by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). Our anti-harassment training courses meet state and federal training requirements, including California AB 1825 sexual harassment training laws, as well as harassment statutes in Connecticut and Maine.

***IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CALIFORNIA AB 2053 ABUSIVE CONDUCT TRAINING***

What is AB 2053?

On September 9, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB-2053 Employment discrimination or harassment: education and training: abusive conduct into law, which becomes effective January 1, 2015. Under AB 1825, employers with 50 or more employees are already required to provide managers with 2 hours of harassment training every two years (and within six months of hire for newly hired or promoted managers). AB 2053 adds an additional training obligation to employers covered under AB 1825. In addition to harassment training, employers must now provide managers with training on the prevention of “abusive conduct.” AB 2053 does not explicitly prohibit “abusive conduct” (or bullying) rather it mandates prevention training on this topic.

What is “abusive conduct”?

According to the Section 12950.1 (g) (2) of AB 2053, “abusive conduct” is defined as follows: “For purposes of this section, “abusive conduct” means conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests. Abusive conduct may include repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets, verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or humiliating, or the gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person’s work performance. A single act shall not constitute abusive conduct, unless especially severe and egregious.”

Will NAVEX Global's Workplace Harassment Training Course Meet AB 2053 Requirements?

NAVEX Global is committed to providing our clients with harassment training that complies with California training requirements, including the new requirement under AB 2053. Beginning on January 1, 2015, our Workplace Harassment training course for managers will include content required by California AB 2053 related to abusive conduct. Existing clients on the manager version of our Workplace Harassment Training will be notified and receive additional training content to address the new abusive conduct training requirements under AB 2053. Please contact your account executive for details.

Workplace Harassment Training Video Demonstrations

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Workplace Harassment: News Story

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Workplace Harassment: HR Chronicles Intro

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Workplace Harassment: The Apple and the Tree

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Workplace Harassment: The Chronic Complainer

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Workplace Harassment Training COURSE VERSIONS

For Employees

The standard and basic employee versions of Workplace Harassment training go beyond sexual harassment to cover additional protected categories such as race, age, religion, disability, veteran status and sexual orientation. Set in the context of a news network, the employee version of our Workplace Harassment Training Course covers multiple programming formats and puts lessons into a vivid, real-world context. More than 25 interactive exercises reinforce these important lessons.

COURSE VERSIONS & TIMES

Workplace Harassment Training (Employee Standard)
1 hour
Workplace Harassment Training (Employee Basic)
30-35 minutes
Preventing Workplace Harassment Refresher
20 minutes

Topics Covered in Workplace Harassment Training for Employees

  • Spotting harassment and responding to it
  • Identifying the different forms harassment can take
  • Defining protected categories
  • Importance of reporting suspected misconduct
  • Risks associated with workplace romance
  • New forms of harassment, including coverage of issues related to social media
  • Obligations to report suspected harassment and retaliation
  • Policy against retaliation
  • Bullying and its impact in the workplace

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For Managers

The Workplace Harassment training course for managers fulfills California AB-1825 sexual harassment training laws as well as Connecticut and Maine Harassment laws. The first segment is comprised of the same news story presented in the employee version. The second segment, which is just for managers, is entitled “HR Chronicles.”

During this highly interactive section, managers are exposed to realistic workplace simulations and are challenged to apply their knowledge to solve harassment issues drawn directly from Littler’s employment law practice.

An “HR Guide” puts issues in context and helps your learners understand their role in prevention. The standard and basic manager versions of the Workplace Harassment training course go beyond sexual harassment to cover additional protected categories such as race, age, religion, disability, veteran status and sexual orientation.

COURSE VERSIONS & TIMES

Workplace Harassment Training (Manager Standard)
2 hours
Workplace Harassment Training (Manager Basic)
1 hour
Preventing Workplace Harassment Refresher
30 minutes

Topics Covered in Workplace Harassment Training for Managers

  • Basics of employer harassment policies
  • Spotting harassment and responding to it
  • Identifying the different forms that harassment can take
  • Defining protected categories
  • Best practices for preventing harassment
  • Best practices for reducing the risk of retaliation
  • Importance of reporting suspected misconduct
  • Risks associated with workplace romance
  • New forms of harassment, including coverage of issues related to social media
  • Obligations to report suspected harassment and retaliation
  • Policy against retaliation
  • Bullying and its impact on the workplace
  • Handling complaints properly
  • Managing employees who have made a complaint
  • Ensuring a timely response to a complaint
  • Dealing effectively with male-on-male sexual harassment
  • Issues that arise when managers date employees
  • Optional content for managers on preventing harassment based on gender identity
  • Optional content for managers on workplace bullying prevention
  • Optional content for managers on family responsibility discrimination and stereotyping

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Configurable Training

Our configurable Workplace Harassment training course enables an organization to customize the harassment training experience to their needs by choosing from a library of pre-built segments.

COURSE VERSIONS & TIMES

Workplace Harassment Training (Configurable)
Duration depends upon segments selected

Topics Available in the Configurable Version of Workplace Harassment Training

  • Spotting harassment and responding to it
  • Common forms of harassment, including verbal, written and visual
  • Defining protected categories
  • Best practices for preventing harassment
  • Best practices for reducing the risk of retaliation
  • Importance of reporting suspected misconduct
  • Risks associated with workplace romance
  • New forms of harassment, including coverage of issues related to social media
  • Obligations to report suspected harassment and retaliation
  • Policy against retaliation
  • Bullying and its impact on the workplace
  • Handling complaints properly
  • Managing employees who have made a complaint
  • Ensuring a timely response to a complaint
  • Dealing effectively with male-on-male sexual harassment
  • Issues that arise when managers date employees
  • Optional content for managers on preventing harassment based on gender identity
  • Optional content for managers on workplace bullying prevention
  • Optional content for managers on family responsibility discrimination and gender stereotyping

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You've just reviewed the "Configurable Training" version of this course. We also offer these versions:

RELATED BURSTS Short Training and Awareness Bursts Related to Workplace Harassment

Bursts are used to reinforce training lessons, raise topical awareness, stimulate employee conversation and expand coverage of risk areas. Bursts come in four different formats to address employees with different learning styles. To learn more about bursts and how they can be used as part of a cohesive training and awareness strategy visit our Burst Learning Page and download our Burst Learning User Guide.

Ethically Speaking: Ethically Speaking: If You See it, Say Something

The responses of real people in these unscripted street interviews will foster a better understanding of the importance of reporting suspected misconduct. This 5-8 minute burst prompts viewers to consider what constitutes misconduct, their responsibility to report all suspected misconduct, and where they can find resources for learning more about conduct expectations.

Ethics Street: Reporting & Retaliation

In this 5-8 minute humorous burst featuring a recurring cast of characters and an interactive branching exercise, learners explore the importance of reporting and the consequences of not speaking up, including the potential for misconduct to worsen, the consequences of remaining silent and the benefits of reporting. 

Ethics Street: Ethics Street: Workplace Harassment

In this innovative 5-8 minute branching exercise, Jack, one of the recurring cast of characters in Ethics Street bursts, considers whether to intervene when coworkers engage in inappropriate or disrespectful conduct. Viewers will better understand how bad decisions create problems with customers, create uncomfortable situations with coworkers and violate policy.

Ethically Speaking: Examples of Harassment

In this 5-8 minute burst that covers the responses of real people to questions raised in unscripted street interviews, viewers consider what constitutes workplace harassment, its impact on employees and workplace culture, how to respond to harassment and the obligation to internally report suspected harassment.

RELATED RESOURCES Resources for Managing Workplace Harassment Risk