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Employment Law Seminars
& California Harassment Training

Annual “What’s New” Employment Law Seminars/Webinars

Each January and February, Bowles Law offers this one-day interactive session for business owners, executives, and human resources staff. Attendees cover the inevitable changes and expansions of workplace law for the coming year in the context of the vital legal basics, all essential to effective business management and expansion planning. 

Notable recent changes include pandemic-driven workplace health and safety standards as well as expanded workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections, and across-the-boards harassment prevention training for supervisors and rank-and-file workers alike.

The session includes the latest Bowles Law updates on its template employee handbook, policies and forms. 

Harassment Prevention, Investigation & Resolution Seminars/Webinars

California Government Code section 12950.1 directs that by January 1, 2021 all California employers with five or more employees or independent contractors to provide two hours of “classroom or other effective interactive sexual harassment training and education” to each California-based supervisory employee and one hour of such instruction to all other workers, to be repeated every two years.

While employers may direct their workforce to fulfill this California harassment prevention training requirement by online training, there are compelling reasons why a live, in-person session is the better choice. These include:

Immediate question and answer sessions. In live training, questions can be addressed immediately and fully, including any needed follow-ups and clarifications. 

Interaction with trainer and participants. Live training allows for direct interaction with the trainer and a company’s entire team of participants. By listening to others’ questions and comments, attendees will gain further insight into the material and thus their responsibilities when later responding to an actual complaint. It is not uncommon that a confusion expressed by one participant is shared by many. Clearing up one person’s misconception in a live session thus benefits the entire team. 

Employees pay closer attention. Live training motivates participants to pay attention throughout the training. Knowing one could be called upon at any time for his or her understanding of the material usually incentivizes each individual to listen carefully throughout the training session. Again, the whole team thus benefits.

It’s more fun. An experienced live trainer can build camaraderie, encourage productive and appropriate discussion, and increase morale. Online computer curricula are likely to lack the irony and comedic timing of a skilled presenter that can make potentially dry, but vitally important material memorable.

Role-playing opportunities. With a live session’s interactive segment, participants will put the training to practical application immediately in a way not possible with online training.

Updated material, with proper emphases. High quality live training will provide up-to-the-minute changes in a legal area that is constantly changing. An experienced trainer will appropriately emphasize the essential information attendees must know, with illustrations to demonstrate real-life consequences. The value of bringing the material home to busy managers and other employees in this manner could well be incalculable.

Customized areas of training. An experienced live-session trainer can also provide requested custom training on other discrimination- or harassment-related topics beyond the standard sex- and gender-oriented curricula. Live training also enables sessions customized for managers and others customized for non-managerial employees.

Training can be tailored to meet the group’s needs. Some may have not received prior harassment training. Others may have received many prior training sessions. By surveying the attendees in advance, a qualified live trainer can ensure the material is presented in a way that is neither too elementary nor too complex. In a mixed group of experienced and non-experienced trainees, the experienced instructor can blend both basic and applied material so that all are serviced.

Preventative measures emphasized.  Preventable employment claims can result in eyebrow- or even hair-raising awards. Live training can more effectively impart steps to prevent harassment from occurring as well as drive home the deleterious results that can occur by mishandling or ignoring complaints. Based on participatory remarks during the live training, a company’s management may also become aware of problem areas or attitudes that it needs to rectify.

Live training confirms the company’s commitment to effectively address and prevent improper conduct. By having a qualified attorney conduct live training within the deadlines set by law, a company underscores and confirms its zero-tolerance commitment of workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

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