The Network Updates Harassment and Discrimination Courses to Emphasize Recognition, Prevention of Bullying

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Leading GRC firm adds learning block lesson to stop common abuse problems in the workplace, ensure companies are compliant with new legislation.

The Network, Inc.

The Network, Inc.

The Network, Inc., a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, announced today updates to its “Harassment and Discrimination: Maintaining Respect” courses to include content on abusive conduct and bullying.

The new content includes updates to all versions of the harassment and discrimination courses and a new Learning Block, a brief overview of the topic that can be used as a lesson in a Code of Conduct course, or on its own, as a short training or communication. The abusive conduct content includes critical aspects of an anti-bullying program, including defining bullying and abusive conduct and providing examples, scenarios and interactives regarding the behavior. The Network’s contemporary, visual storytelling approach ensures that supervisors and employees understand how to both recognize and prevent abusive conduct.

“Bullying and other forms of abusive conduct can have a very negative impact on the corporate culture,” Julie Moriarty, General Manager of Training & Communications Strategy, said. “The behavior is increasingly gaining the attention of employers and legislators because of the impact bullying and abusive conduct have on employee morale and productivity.”

California, for example, recently passed legislation requiring large employers to provide training on abusive conduct. The updated two-hour harassment and discrimination course is compliant with California’s AB 1825 harassment law and the new AB 2053 abusive conduct law, which will go into effect in January.

“Whether or not your company has supervisors in California, educating your workforce regarding what constitutes bullying, the impact it can have on individuals and the work environment and what to do about it are critical messages wherever your employees work,” Moriarty said.

In addition to the abusive conduct additions, the harassment and discrimination courses have been updated to provide federal contractors and subcontractors with an optional screen that describes the obligation to take affirmative action to recruit and advance qualified persons with disabilities, covered veterans, minorities and women. This new information complements the course content on avoiding discriminatory hiring practices.

“We commit to continually delivering the most current and engaging training solutions to our clients so they can educate their employees on today’s important ethics and compliance issues,” Luis Ramos, CEO of The Network, said. “Our training courses go above and beyond the legislative and regulatory requirements, and give your employees access to comprehensive, contemporary training that addresses the new ethics and compliance issues facing the workplace, in a way that leverages how they consume and retain information.”

About The Network, Inc.

The Network is a leading provider of integrated governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions that allow organizations to create better workplaces and ethical cultures. The Network’s Integrated GRC Suite, recognized as the “Apple of GRC” by GRC 20/20, is the first natively integrated enterprise GRC software platform in the compliance industry. The Suite was built to leverage the way employees retain and apply ethics and compliance information and helps companies prevent, detect and remediate non-compliance and unethical conduct. A SaaS-based technology solution, the Suite integrates policy management, training and communications, Code of Conduct, surveys and assessments, and case management, all on a reporting and analytics platform. Originally established as the first whistleblower hotline provider in 1982, The Network serves thousands of organizations in every industry, including nearly half of the Fortune 500. For more information, visit

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