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BLR Launches Free Resource Center for Training Professionals
BLR Gives a Free Boost to Workplace Training Programs by Offering Valuable Training Tips and Tools at No Cost

California Supreme Court Blurs Discrimination-Harassment Distinction While Limiting Punitive Damages
The California Supreme Court in its recent decision in Roby v. McKesson, No. S149752 (Nov. 30, 2009), concluded that a supervisor's "business and management" actions may be properly considered in determining whether a plaintiff was subject to hostile work environment harassment .

Hostile Work Environment: Employee Warned to 'Find God' or 'Go to Hell'
Excerpted from North Dakota Employment Law Letter written by attorneys at the law firm of Vogel Law Firm

Solutions EAP Weekly Etip: Sexual Harassment Part I
Recently we have heard about some high profile sexual harassment cases in the media.

PARENT COMPANY LIABLE FOR SUBSIDIARY HARASSMENT
Employers who desire to use subsidiaries to limit liability should keep this case and discrimination statutes in mind.

How To Effectively Manage Harassment Investigations
In this informative webinar, you'll learn best practices on conducting investigations on sexual harassment claims.

Recession Related Employee Disgruntlement Prompts Seminar on Managing Problem Behaviours
Growing recession woes have instigated worry in companies surrounding the potential threat of workplace violence. In response to this ProActive ReSolutions, a company that provides training and conflict resolution services to organisations, will host a two hour seminar dealing with the broader issue of managing problem behaviours, such as violence, stalking and bullying, in the workplace. The session is scheduled to take place on 20 August 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m at the Sydney Hilton Hotel, Sydney, Australia.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Courses for California Workers Eliminates AB 1825 Training Fatigue
Workplace Answers, a leading provider of online training courses, announces the new release of Sexual Harassment Prevention. The major upgrade eliminates AB 1825 training fatigue and educates supervisors on new discrimination laws.

New Harassment Prevention Solution Tackles Soaring Unemployment
The employment law world is buzzing about the big changes in store for 2009 – and it’s only February.

Anderson-davis, Inc. and National Law Firm EpsteinBeckerGreen Announce Strategic Alliance
Alliance Will Employ Decades of Legal and Training Experience to Address Sexual Harassment Prevention

Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for Nevada Employers
To help Nevada employers get a handle on payroll policy mistakes, attorneys with Holland & Hart will conduct a full-day seminar entitled Wage & Hour Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for Nevada Employers Thursday, December 11, at Harrah's.

Stress of Weak Economy May Increase Workplace Violence
American workers are overly stressed due to the current economic crisis and this stress could lead to incidents of workplace violence according to Preparis, Inc. Employers are looking to be proactive with their preparation efforts.

SkillSoft Offers Free Access to Courses to Help Stamp Out Bullying at Work
SkillSoft, a global leader in e-learning solutions, is supporting Ban Bullying at Work Day on 7 November 2008 by offering complimentary access to three courses designed to help employees tackle workplace bullying, harassment and aggression.

Anderson-davis, Inc. Releases 'Workplace Harassment: Prevention and the Law' Online Course
Videos, dramatizations, and episodic scenarios highlight new in-demand course from leading provider of sexual harassment prevention and respectful workplace training

New "Plus of Us" System Simplifies Employers’ Diversity Training
M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, in conjunction with Corporate Educational Services L.L.C., announces the release of "The Plus of Us," a new DVD-based diversity training system for supervisors and employees. It helps public and private sector employers eliminate the behaviors that often lead to claims of workplace harassment, discrimination, and miscommunication.

Managing a Difficult Boss (Part I)
How big is the problem? A difficult boss is the greatest obstacle most workers will encounter in their professional life. The unmanaged impact of a daily encounter with him or her can be devastating to a person's career, worth, health and overall well-being. A short article such as this is insufficient for exploring the range of impact a difficult boss can have on an individual or organization. So we will explore only two aspects "health and financial impacts." There is hardly a more potent and pervasive workplace stressor than a difficult supervisor. A recent survey by Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) identified employment issues as the third main source of stress in American life.2 SkillSoft, a leading online learning provider, commissioned a third party to examine the top ten stressors and irritants in the workplace. Six of the ten irritants "managers changing their minds about what they want, lack of support from managers, pressure from managers, feeling put upon by managers, interruptions by managers and bullying behavior by managers" are related to the boss's action or behavior.3 All of these issues could be managed in a healthy relationship with an effective boss.

Bully in the Workplace: Ignore at Your Peril
Recently, two Canadian professors had concluded that “bullying can take a more severe emotional and physical toll than sexual harassment, perhaps because companies provide greater support for victims of the latter.” Catherine M. Padalino shares her findings on workplace bullies.

Sexual Bias and Glass Ceiling Issues Remain Intact in the 21st Century
i4cp study finds more than half of companies have faced sexual discrimination complaints; most choose to handle them in-house and quietly

Chicago Recordkeeping Helps Employers Succeed in the Courtroom
Attorneys with the Chicago office of the national labor and employment law firm Ford & Harrison, in partnership with M. Lee Smith Publishers, a national provider of information resources for Human Resources professionals, will conduct Employment Records Retention, Retrieval & Destruction, a one-day workshop on document management best practices.

Holland & Hart LLP, in partnership with M. Lee Smith Publishers, will conduct a one-day workshop
Attorneys with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart LLP, in partnership with M. Lee Smith Publishers, a national provider of information resources for Human Resources professionals, will conduct Employment Records Retention, Retrieval & Destruction, a one-day workshop on document management best practices. The event, designed for Colorado employers, HR executives, and corporate legal counsel, will be conducted Friday, June 13 at the Cherry Creek Hotel.

TheGlasshouseReport, the First Human Resource Service That Protects Employees and Employers
TheGlasshouseReport, the First Human Resource Service That Protects Employees and Employers from Unnecessary Litigation, Launches at RIMS New Service to Combat $100 Billion a Year Problem While Keeping Employees Safer At the Workplace

HR Acuity Releases Results of 2008 Workplace Investigation Benchmarking Surey
First-of-its-kind survey focuses on key personnel, organization structure and tools used to conduct workplace investigations into employee wrongdoing.

HR Acuity Releases Results of 2008 Workplace Investigation Benchmarking Survey
First-of-its-kind survey focuses on key personnel, organization structure and tools used to conduct workplace investigations into employee wrongdoing

Civil Harassment: Applying Mediation
Mediation is highly appropriate for dealing with civil harassment disputes, says Norman R. Page.

Co-Worker Woes: Office Team Offers Tips for Dealing with Unprofessional Colleagues
We've all worked with them. . . the belittler, the rumormonger, the saboteur. How do we cope with them? The Office Team shares tips for dealing with unprofessional colleagues.

BLR's New HR Website is Now Like a Personal Assistant
For nearly a decade, human resource professionals have depended on the website, HR.BLR.com, created by Business & Legal Reports (BLR), to meet all their information needs. The site provides news on employment law compliance, along with forms, prewritten HR policies and training materials, and other essentials. But as with most Net-based information, users had to mold their needs to the way the website operated.

CPEhr Helps Employers Reduce Sexual Harassment Risks
HR Firm Offers Preventive Training That Can Avoid Costly Lawsuits

“Employer HelpCast” Exceeds 1700 Downloads
“Employer HelpCast,” a Website featuring labor and employment law related podcasts geared towards employers, HR executives and managers, has had its episodes downloaded more than 1700 times since the site’s official launch in June 2007.

HR Comply
Training and development are extremely important factors to the success and longevity of a company, and as a result, online training courses have flourished. Have a look at an online training course dealing with discrimination and harassment compliance issues.

Vivid Learning Systems
Since the 1970s, Vivid Learning Systems has delivered more than 4 million computer based lessons to organizations such as Coor´s, Honda, Kellogg´s, ConAgra, Lamb Weston, Element-K, DOE, DOT, and US West. This week, I had a look at the Sexual Harassment for Employees and Sexual Harassment for Managers training programs offered by the Vivid Online Institute.

HRFix.com
In April of 2001, the Supreme Court´s 9th Circuit made a very important ruling with relation to sexual harassment and an employer´s responsibility to prevent harassment in the workplace.

Sexual Discrimination/Harassment Should Not Be Your Only Training Topic
-A reminder of the need to have training address not only the topic of sexual harassment or discrimination, but also other protected classes.

California Approves Use of Web-based Training to Comply with Sexual Harassment Prevention Law
The finalized regulations interpreting California's trend-setting sexual harassment prevention training law, AB 1825, which was passed by the state legislature in 2004, became effective today.

Workplace Violence: Video Combo (Part I)
Violence is becoming an increasingly problematic issue in the workplace. In the United States, homicide is the number one cause of death among females in the workplace while it is the number two cause of death among males. There is a lot of denial about workplace violence but it is a reality and it is up to you and your organization to take a proactive approach to preventing it before it happens.

Workplace Violence Video Combo (Part III)
This training video is a "must see" for managers and supervisors who need to know how they can avoid legal litigation in the workplace.

Avoid The Retaliation Trap!
-One of the fastest-growing areas of employment litigation concerns retaliation. Employees often file a minimal or marginal sexual-harassment or discrimination claim, and then suffer ongoing retaliation from managers or co-workers.

RACIAL abuse rattles BPO staff
LONDON: Alleged racial abuse and rude behaviour from British and American customers are driving increasing number of Indian call centre workers to quit their ...

Sexual Harassment Training: Optimum Mentor
Lawyers recommend that if you don´t have a harassment training policy in place, that you get one ASAP; companies must translate a zero tolerance policy.

Workplace Violence: Video Combo (Part II)
Part II of this video combo helps companies deal with increasing incidence of workplace.

Violence: Reducing Your Risk
Check out this interesting (and realistic) video on how employees can safeguard themselves against violence in the workplace!

Harassment Video Series
The Supreme Court has ruled that even if an employer is unaware that sexual harassment is taking place in the workplace the employer´s liability still remains. What is more, if an employee harasses another employee, it is the company that pays the damages, not the harasser. Learn to prevent sexual harassment before it starts.

Workplace Violence: The Risk From Within
This awareness and prevention training video is aimed at helping mangers and supervisors become better observers of their workplace environment so that they can recognize the signs of violence and prevent it from occurring.

Unacted-On Recommendations Can Still Be Adverse Employment Action
-Discrimination or harassment claims require that some, "adverse employment action" be shown by the employee related to the discriminatory or harassing behavior.

People Cause More Problems than Anybody
-It may be a dishonest employee, an unhappy customer, a disgruntled supplier, or an angry supervisor, but people are at the root of them all.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Prevent, Investigate, Resolve Problems in Your Organization
Not enough time to read the latest books? Enjoy these three reviews and catch up on the industry buzz.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How To Prevent, Investigate, and Resolve Problems in Your Organization
Enjoy this complete review of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How To Prevent, Investigate, and Resolve Problems in Your Organization.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How To Prevent, Investigate, and Resolve Problems in Your Organization - 300 word review
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace advocates employers´ utilization of education and training, and implementing strategies that encourage employee communication of sexual harassment concerns through appropriate channels. Find out more. Read this review.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: How To Prevent, Investigate, and Resolve Problems in Your Organization - 600 word review
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace advocates employers´ utilization of education and training, and implementing strategies that encourage employee communication of sexual harassment concerns through appropriate channels. Find out more. Read this review.

Harassment Training Regulations Finally Approved: Most Employers Unaware of Demanding Requirements
AB 1825 regulations are final

Thompson Publishing Group to Debut New Products at SHRM 2007
Thompson Publishing Group will exhibit new publications and online services at the upcoming Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) annual conference and exhibition in Las Vegas June 24-27, 2007.

Joan Lloyd's HR Words of Advice: Persistent Job Seeker
No doesn't always mean 'no' to job seekers. Sometimes the persistence can be infuriating. How do you deal with it? Joan Lloyd shares her advice.

Snapshot of Legal Drivers for Harassment, Discrimination and Ethics Training; New Interactive Chart
Several key legal developments have compelled employers to embrace mandatory harassment, discrimination and ethics training. ELT has developed a new interactive chart to help viewers quickly navigate and understand the complex legal landscape of compliance training requirements.

"Desk rage" rises 1% since 2000 survey, with 14% of workers experiencing it in 2007 survey
Workplaces With 'Kings' or 'Queens' Are Twice as Likely to Experience Desk Rage as the Typical Workplace, Says New Study

Sacramento Law Firm Secures $3.25 Million Settlement for Female Employees
Following a three year court battle, the Sacramento firm of Diepenbrock Harrison, lawyers for three women suing the City of Modesto for sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, have secured a $3.25 million settlement on their behalf.

Joan Lloyd's HR Words of Advice: Handling a Grievance
An informal grievance turns into a mediated meeting. Joan Lloyd shares her views on how to handle a difficult employee.

Joan Lloyd's HR Words of Advice: Preventing Your Co-Worker From Bullying You.
When a co-worker is bullying you, what can you do? Joan Lloyd puts the situation in perspective.

New ELI® White Paper Identifies Steps to Creating a Values-Based Workplace
While legal compliance is compulsory and important, many of today’s workplace problems stem from subtle, not necessarily illegal conduct. ELI’s latest white paper shows why and how organizations should integrate values into the culture, driving behavior change with a values-based, rather than compliance-focused, approach.

Shilpa, Jade, Big Brother and the Need for Intercultural Skills
The recent racism debate emanating from the Celebrity Big Brother TV show in the UK demonstrates the need to incorporate intercultural skills into the education system says intercultural communications expert.

ERL: A Next Generation Employee Reporting System
An Internet-Based Tool for Reducing Enterprise Risk

CalChamber Releases List of New Laws Affecting Businesses in 2007
The California Chamber of Commerce is urging employers to be aware of new laws now in effect or that will take effect in 2007.

'Tis the Season–-For Celebration or Litigation?
Can employers be held liable for inappropriate behavior that takes place at holiday office parties? Hostile workplace environments, discrimination, and sexual harassment can extend beyond the office.

Executive Summary: Race Discrimination
Race discrimination still plagues the workplace

CalChamber Releases List of New Laws Affecting Businesses in 2007
The California Chamber of Commerce is urging employers to be aware of new laws now in effect or that will take effect in 2007.

Executive Summary: The Glass Ceiling
Although minorities and women have made some headway in U.S. management and professional positions in the last decade, the corporate "glass ceiling" still appears to be an obstacle to their advancement.

Executive Summary: Crime and Violence
The U.S. crime rate has improved, but domestic violence and identity theft are emerging concerns that have spilled over into the workplace.

Executive Summary:Women in the Workforce
Women have not achieved equality in the U.S. business arenas, and many would argue that the progress they have made has come all too slowly and unsteadily.

Changes to Harassment Prevention Training Requirements are on the Horizon
The California Fair Employment and Housing Commission has issued proposed regulations clarifying mandatory sexual harassment training requirements.

"Operating in Canada: Dos and Don'ts in 2007"
Presented by experienced employment law attorneys with McCarthy Tétrault, the largest national law firm in Canada

"Operating in Canada:Dos and Don'ts in 2007"
Back by popular demand and fully updated, this is the ESSENTIAL Audio Conference for U.S. HR Managers Who Employ Workers North of the Border

Adrienne N. Newsom, Attorney At Law Hosts Harassment Prevention Training for Los Angeles
Adrienne N. Newsom, Attorney At Law provides workplace harassment prevention training for church, nonprofit and small business organizations. As a 12-year expert in the field, Ms. Newsom would like to assist these organizations in starting 2007 in compliance with the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.

CalChamber Helps California Businesses Comply with Sexual Harassment Training Deadline
CalChamber Helps California Businesses Comply with Sexual Harassment Training Deadline

Shh, Chips, Chips! Here s/he comes…
Lehan Stemmet writes: Many articles have explored the notion that it is good to gossip every now and again, as it relieves tension, creates clarity, provides closure, and whatever else, to the individual(s) engaging in behind scenes gossip. However…

Allison Plesur, Esq. Takes Over as CEO of Interactive Employment Training, Inc.
Allison Plesur, Esq., an employment lawyer and co-founder of Interactive Employment Training, Inc. (www.hrtrain.com), has taken over day to day operations at the Company.

Combat Workplace Violence: Bully Proof Your Troops
Managers such as "Hurricane Danny", in the post Bill C-45 workplace, represent not only a hazard to the well being and productivity of the employees of a company but can also have a direct impact on the company itself, writes Richard Verlaan.

Stay Updated on Critical Compliance Training Developments
Harassment and ethics training laws are constantly changing, and they´re critical to your organization´s risk management and bottom line. In a sea of information and escalating responsibilities how can you stay current?

Watch Your Mouth in the Workplace
Are you in compliance with the federal Anti-Cursing and Profanity in the Workplace Act? OK, before you call your lawyer asking why she hasn´t told you about this federal law, there´s no such beast. But is cursing or profanity something that you should have on your radar? From M. Lee Smith.

Stephen Anderson Uses New Regulations to Train (AB 1825) California´s Fair Employment and Housing Commission´s Commissioners; On June 20th 2006 the FEHC Approved New Harassment Training and Education regulations (AB 1825)
Stephen Anderson, the president of Anderson-davis, Inc., was again selected by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) to provide AB 1825 sexual harassment training to its new Commissioners on August 28th. Mr. Anderson first trained the Commissioners in June 2005, after the FEHC´s Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) vetted his sexual harassment training program and materials. The FEHC also appointed Stephen to its Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, that reviewed and drafted language for the new Harassment Training and Education regulations, which were approved June 20th 2006.

Stephen Anderson Uses New Regulations, AB 1825, to Train California Fair Employment and Housing Commission´s Commissioners
Stephen Anderson, president of Anderson-davis, Inc., was again selected by the Fair Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) to provide AB 1825 sexual harassment training to its new Commissioners on August 28th. Mr. Anderson first trained the Commissioners in June 2005, after the FEHC´s Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) vetted his sexual harassment training program and materials. The FEHC also appointed Mr. Anderson to its Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee, which reviewed and drafted language for the new Harassment Training and Education regulations, approved June 20, 2006.

The Don´ts of Dos
(With thanks to the Washington Post for the title idea.)Hair styles are a big deal to many people´s identities; Whether tied to race, religion-and any other way in which we declare our identities-hairstyles frequently play a major role in defining such identification, writes Sylvia Henderson.

California Expands Its Sexual Harassment Training Mandate to Employers Nationwide in Updated AB 1825 Regulations
California's Legislation Creates Stringent Training Requirements for Employers; Workplace Answers Provides Qualified, Cost-Effective Solution

A New Approach to an Age Old Problem? Workplace Problems can be Solved
To help solve workplace problems, AnonymousEmployee.com provides a safe and confidential communication process where employers and employees can resolve uncomfortable issues.

BMH Announces Series of Professional Development Webinar Courses To Help Clients Manage HR Responsibilities
BMH announced today that it will sponsor the first in a series of professional development courses to help clients better manage their human resources responsibilities.

Expanded Version of Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Reflects Client Input
HR Classroom, a provider of online training services, has released a new expanded and updated version of their popular "Sexual Harassment Prevention" training.

VIOLENCE THREATENING U.S. WORKPLACES
Workplace violence is on the rise, according to research by Prince & Associates.

Handling Employees Who are Hard to Handle
Trouble employees - everyone has them. Employers are constantly faced with situations in which employees create unnecessary problems in the workplace; Workforce Q&A from M Lee Smith.

Beazley Launches State of the Art Web-based Risk Management Services for EPL and D&O Exposures
BeazleySource is a proprietary platform delivering customized risk management services to insureds based on their individual exposures.

Workplace Ridicule: Trending Upward
Racial and ethnic slurs and other inappropriate comments made in the workplace failed to decline last year, according to an annual telephone survey by Novations Group.

Joan Lloyd's HR Words of Advice: Moving Up Or Moving On?
You've hit the ceiling of your current job and want to move up... in another part of the company, but your current boss doesn't agree.

What do I do about a randy employee?
Office romances are fairly common these days because people spend so much time at the workplace. Handled well, workplace romance can lead to a meaningful relationship. Handled badly, it can lead to a lawsuit for harassment.; from M Lee Smith.

New Training Kit from Business & Legal Reports Inc. Helps Companies Comply with Sexual Harassment Training
Firms that don´t provide regular, effective sexual harassment training are playing a kind of Russian roulette. BLR has a new PowerPoint sexual harassment training kit that can help avoid expensive lawsuits and embarrassing publicity.

NEW SURVEY REVEALS THAT MANY EMPLOYEES HAVE HAD AN OFFICE ROMANCE
Few Companies Have Policies Against Dating Co-workers

California Employers Beware: Harassment Compliance is Ongoing and Covers Supervisors Outside California
It´s now old news that California passed a law requiring mandatory harassment compliance training for all supervisors and that the initial compliance period ended on January 1, 2006. Many employers ramped up year-end training with a mad dash to the compliance deadline. Since the statute only requires training every two years, those employers who trained supervisors in 2005 can now rest, right? Well not so fast says Jonathan Levy, CEO of Fair Measures Inc., a California legal training company.

Diversity Training Organization Announces New Workshop Targeting the Legacy of Slavery and Race Rela


´Office Space' Might Be Favorite Workplace Movie, but ´Nine to Five' Is Aging Well, HR.BLR.com Poll Finds
When it comes to workplace movies, "Office Space" is the talk of the water cooler, but, 25 years after its release, "Nine to Five" still has a solid fan base, according to a recent HR.BLR.com poll of human resources professionals.

Stephen Anderson to Discuss AB 1825 Regulations at Fair Employment Housing Commission Hearings.
Former Assembly Member and bill author Sarah Reyes will join Anderson-davis, Inc.'s president for first public hearings about bill for supervisory employee harassment training.

New Webinar to Keep Workplaces Harassment-Free
Human Resources and training professionals know that harassment prevention training is not optional anymore-it´s essential. But when the budget doesn´t allow for live training, how can they deliver an engaging and effective program? Fair Measures, Inc., has created a dynamic new Harassment Prevention Training Webinar. Please contact Jonathan Levy of Fair Measures, Inc. at 831-458-0500.

Prevention Is the Best Medicine: Fair Measures Releases New Harassment Prevention Training Webinar
Not only is workplace harassment illegal, but smart employers know that creating a culture of respect and understanding is good for the bottom line.

Free Workshop: Don't Let Your Harassment Training Get Punk'd
Date/Time: 1/19/2006 11:30 AM - 1:00 PMLocation: CSU Downtown (Colorado State University)410 17th Street (Corner of 17th & Tremont)Suite 1400Denver, CO 80202

UK Gays and Lesbians Unable to Reveal Sexuality at Work
Gay at home, but not at work. In the UK gay people recently started visiting their local registry offices to say 'I do'. But when it comes to being honest to their co-workers about being gay, up to half say 'I can't'. New research shows why.

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