Welcome to a discussion of HR requirements and strategies for the small to mid-sized business.

You know that your employees are the key to your business success, but being an employer or being “the boss” can get complicated at times. Focusing on your business and your customers is the top priority. It can be a challenge to also make time to develop expertise in improving employee performance and reducing employer risk.

Through my consulting business, First Thing Tomorrow Human Resources Consultants, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside many gifted business leaders.

I welcome your comments and questions. Please feel free to contact me at info@firstthingtomorrow.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Is your trainer qualified?

California Employers - Have you heard about California AB 1825? If you employ 50 or more employees, whether or not they are all in California, this law applies to you. Covered employers must provide very specific training on harassment prevention to their supervisors every two years.

Please also be aware that the law outlines who is qualified to teach this course. When AB 1825 became effective, many trainers and consultants began offering this training, however they may not, in fact, possess the qualifications required by law.

It is extremely important to inquire as to your trainer's qualifications relative to the law. You don't want to risk finding out too late that your training was not compliant with AB 1825.

Finally, to ALL California employers - please consider providing harassment and discrimination training to all of your employees. State law require all employers to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment at work. Providing the training to all, along with other factors, may go a long way toward providing you with an affirmative defense should any problems or complaints arise at a later date.

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