California Amends Law on Sexual Harassment Training to Require Training on Abusive Conduct: Succeed Management Solutions, LLC Addresses with New Course

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Succeed’s clients can now train supervisors on abusive conduct prevention to satisfy California law AB 2053.

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In September 2014, the governor of California signed a law designed to broaden the existing sexual harassment training regulation to include supervisor training to identify and prevent abusive conduct in the workplace.

This new law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2053, takes effect on January 1st, 2015. AB 2053 amends section 12950.1 of the government code relating to employment and fair employment practices. The regulation states that organizations with 50 or more employees must provide supervisor training on “prevention of abusive conduct” at least once every two years.

Abusive conduct is defined as: “conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer's legitimate business interests. Abusive conduct may include repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets, verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating, or humiliating, or the gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person's work performance.” (from the Senate Floor Analyses, published 7/31/14)

AB 2053 requires organizations to implement this change beginning January 1, 2015, effective with the next scheduled supervisor sexual harassment training. Organizations are, however, encouraged to start training on abusive conduct prevention as soon as possible, prior to the next scheduled sexual harassment training.

Succeed Management Solutions, LLC has introduced a compliant, updated Sexual Harassment and Abusive Conduct Prevention training course that satisfies the new requirements of AB 2053. Trainees learn how to recognize and address abusive conduct and how to prevent a hostile work environment. The training also teaches about appropriate corrective actions to take in the event of abusive conduct.

Like their other courses, this training can be assigned to employees via Training Track™, an application that is designed to automate all aspects of an employee training program. Training Track™ is one of the available applications in Succeed’s web-based Risk Management Center.

About Succeed Management Solutions, LLC

Succeed is the recognized leader in providing web-based Enterprise Risk Management solutions. Thousands of organizations use the Succeed Risk Management Center as a holistic solution to improve their risk management programs, implement web-accessible employee safety training programs, increase efficiencies, and lower the frequency and severity of claims and associated costs.

The Succeed Risk Management Center contains a suite of software applications that help manage claims and OSHA reporting (Incident Track™), behavior-based safety programs (BBS Track ™), hazard communication and Safety Data Sheets (SDS Track™), Return to Work programs (Job Description Track™), employee training (Training Track™), and third party insurance compliance (COI Track ®). Succeed also offers support services, such as managing Certificates of Insurance, Safety Data Sheets, and creating custom training courses.

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