When supervisors stop paying attention, organizations run into legal problems
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2009
Workplace Answers, a leading provider of online training, has released the newest version of its Sexual Harassment Prevention course. The major upgrade eliminates AB 1825 training fatigue and educates supervisors on new discrimination laws.
Animated Vignettes and Interactive 'Serious Games'
California law enacted in 2005 mandates that supervisors be trained in Sexual Harassment Prevention every two years. Entering the third cycle of training in 2009, organizations fear losing the interest of supervisors who feel they've already seen the material. "When supervisors stop paying attention, organizations run into legal problems," explains Sondra Solovay, an attorney and Content Development Manager at Workplace Answers.
The online training courses draw supervisors in with lively, animated vignettes. Two separate animated storylines feature common situations where organizations run into trouble with sexual harassment. Supervisors are then asked questions about how the characters respond to harassment, testing their own skills.
Workplace Answers is introducing Serious Games in the new Sexual Harassment Prevention courses. Two different interactive game formats and styles, "Prevention Challenge" and "Quiz Pro Quo" test supervisors' knowledge of harassment standards and reinforce learning. Learners are scored on their progress, but no matter which answers supervisors choose, the games provide succinct explanations of why the answers are right or wrong. These new training features make harassment prevention courses more appealing even for supervisors who think they already know their legal responsibilities.
Engaged Supervisors Are Better Prepared to Deal with Legal Changes
In 2009, new laws go into effect impacting supervisors' responsibilities to address harassment in the workplace. The Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act adds a new federally protected category of workers that supervisors should learn about. A far-reaching Supreme Court ruling, Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, expands protection against retaliation, and the first bill signed by President Obama, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, are all included in the new course by Workplace Answers. By keeping supervisors' attention with a completely revamped course with an engaging and understandable style, organizations reduce the risk that their employees will overlook the important new legal standards.
Solovay explains, "Innovative new training techniques and illustrative real-life examples like those used in WPA's courses are necessary to re-engage supervisors so they can learn how the law is evolving as well as revisit the essential fundamentals of sexual harassment prevention."
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