Prositions and MYCA:Learning Release Updated Harassment Training Courses in Compliance with the California FEHA Regulation Changes

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Effective April 1, 2016, the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has issued new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations that most California employers must comply with

The modules in the HERO course reasonably meet and exceed the requirements to provide training in a ‘meaningful manner’ on these topics.

The California Office of Administrative Law recently approved regulations drafted by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) that went into effect on April 1, 2016. These new anti-discrimination and anti-harassment regulations require compliance by most employers in the state of California. The new regulation has expanded the number of employees covered by protected characteristics, required employers to rewrite and disseminate anti-discrimination and harassment policies, imposed new requirements for harassment and discrimination training, and redefined “transgender”, “gender expression”, and “gender identity.” In response, Prositions and MYCA Learning have incorporated these changes into their new harassment prevention training courses, HERO and WHPL, to ensure full compliance with the new regulations by the FEHC.

Stephen Anderson, President & CEO of Anderson-davis, Inc. is a subject matter expert on the topic of training materials and consulting services in the fields of preventing sexual harassment, building respectful workplaces, conducting investigations, and facilitating the healing process. He has worked alongside Prositions and MYCA:Learning to ensure compliance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulation change. “Bottom line,” he stated, “the modules in the HERO course reasonably meet and exceed the requirements to provide training in a ‘meaningful manner’ on these topics.”

The Harassment Education and Retaliation Overview (HERO) course is an entertaining mystery-based harassment and retaliation prevention course that invites participants to interact in a 3D virtual environment to figure out who was suspended and why. H.E.R.O. consists of 9 modules and includes over 40 video scenarios that challenge participants’ understanding of their employer’s anti-harassment and retaliation policies while also teaching them when and where they apply.

Workplace Harassment: Prevention and the Law (WHPL) is designed specifically for office employees and includes 15 interactive scenario dramatizations. The training program features episodes that engage learning through realistic character development that clarify the types of behavior prohibited by your sexual/non-harassment policy and shows the impact of harassment. In addition, these scenarios demonstrate different ways of stopping unwelcome behavior.

“Training content that deals with harassment prevention can often be dry and boring,” said Dennis Barr, Senior Account Executive at Prositions. “Organizations that use HERO or WHPL in their training programs have had success in creating lasting understanding of the topics covered, due to the engaging nature of each course. These courses don’t simply convey the compliance requirements, they help employees and supervisors understand and remember them.”

California employers looking to ensure compliance with the new FEHA regulation should take the following steps immediately, as the changes were effective April 1, 2016:
Ensure they have written policies that comply with the new regulations and that such policies are disseminated in one or more of the approved methods
Ensure that proper compliance and investigation procedures are in place
Ensure supervisors and human resources personnel receive proper training on the new regulations so that all inquiries and potential complaints can be addressed in a compliant manner

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