A Perfect Storm for Harassment Liability?

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2009 is harassment prevention re-train year for most California employers under the state’s strict training law, AB 1825. But the practical impact is national. Not only has the Obama Administration vowed for stricter enforcement of discrimination laws, just released EEOC stats show that claims are at a record high, increasing 15.2% in the past year alone.

But these new EEOC statistics show us what we already know – harassment litigation happens in all states. And, with claims skyrocketing in this shaky economy, the best offense is defense.

The employment law world is buzzing about the big changes in store for 2009 – and it’s only February. The economy is still slumping, unemployment has soared to a staggering 7.2%, and a new Obama administration is promising to change the face of the American workplace. Just last week, Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law which will exponentially increase the number of pay discrimination lawsuits.

Adding fuel to the fire, 2009 is harassment prevention re-train year for most California employers under the state’s strict training law, AB 1825. But the practical impact is national.

Under AB 1825, any organization that does business in California and has more than 50 employees must provide its California supervisors with two hours of sexual harassment prevention training, every two years. AB 1825 became law in 2005, making 2009 a mandatory retrain year for most California employers.

Beyond California, harassment prevention has never been so critical. Not only have President Obama and his nominated Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis, vowed for stricter enforcement of discrimination laws, just released EEOC stats show that claims are at a record high, increasing 15.2% in the past year alone.

“Many employers think sexual harassment prevention training is only a necessity in states where it’s required by law,” said Shanti Atkins, President & CEO of ELT, an e-learning provider specializing in ethics and compliance, “But these new EEOC statistics show us what we already know – harassment litigation happens in all states. And, with claims skyrocketing in this shaky economy, the best offense is defense.”

ELT’s defense? The company’s latest version of Workplace Harassment, an online training program that delivers all-new legal content from Littler, the world’s largest employment law firm. Designed as an interactive TV “news show,” the course presents employees with exciting new story lines and characters, for a high-impact experience that educates about harassment prevention while maximizing legal defenses.

“With training budgets being slashed, employers need cost effective ways to provide training that is effective, up-to-date and current. Workplace Harassment reflects the latest legal developments and the online delivery significantly cuts costs. And even in economic crisis, not training is not an option. It would be like canceling your fire insurance policy in a year when fire danger is at a 50-year high,” commented Atkins.

Workplace Harassment meets every state and federal training requirement, and goes beyond sexual harassment to cover other protected categories like race, disability, and sexual orientation. Easy to use and convenient to implement, the program also provides automated tracking and reporting.

“When it comes to a vital training topic like workplace harassment, practicality is key,” said Garry Mathiason, senior shareholder at Littler and Chair of the Corporate Compliance Practice Group. “The realistic story lines in Workplace Harassment are based on hundreds of actual cases, as well as upcoming trends that impact every workplace. The innovative news show format is unlike any other training program available and truly brings these issues to life for employees.”

For more information about Workplace Harassment, or to view a demo, visit: http://www.elt-inc.com/solutions/workplace_harassment3/wh3.html

ELT provides employers of all sizes and across multiple industries with online compliance training of unparalleled quality. ELT’s harassment content has been endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and reviewed and approved by the EEOC in remedial consent decrees. Experts in harassment prevention and online learning, two ELT team members were appointed to the select Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee that drafted regulations for California’s landmark training statute, AB 1825. ELT's courseware is built upon the renowned expertise of Littler Mendelson, the world’s largest employment law firm, using Legal Engineering™ to help establish invaluable defenses to workplace litigation with the only proven ROI in the industry. Demos of ELT's courseware can be found at http://www.elt-inc.com.

For additional information, please contact Kendal Peterson at 415.962.3424

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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