New ReadyTrainingTM options meet state-mandated training requirements, engage employees on ways to prevent and report workplace discrimination, harassment
ATLANTA – August 7, 2012 – The Network, Inc., a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions, and F&H Solutions Group LLC, a leading human capital solutions consultant, today announced the release of The Network’s newest ReadyTrainingTM eLearning courses collectively entitled “Discrimination & Harassment: Maintaining Respect.” The courses are intended to raise employee awareness of what discrimination and harassment are, the do’s and don’ts of creating a respectful workplace and the legal implications of violating the law.
The configurable on-demand training is comprised of three courses that are fully compliant with the state-mandated requirements in California, Maine and Connecticut and two topical “Learning Blocks” designed to deliver high-level messaging around discrimination and sexual harassment. The courses, which are available in 10 languages, include supervisor- and employee-level training options. The two-hour supervisor course option meets stringent California state law AB 1825 requirements for interactivity, learning assessments, skill-building activities, hypothetical scenarios and engaging discussion questions.
To develop the discrimination and harassment courseware, The Network partnered with F&H Solutions Group, a national consulting firm with expertise in employment practices, diversity, training, development and other human resources and management services solutions. F&H Solutions Group was originally formed by the national labor and employment law firm, Ford & Harrison LLP and is currently affiliated with the firm.
“Discrimination has a huge impact in the workplace. It affects organizations of every type and size across every industry,” said Jennifer Melton, an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/diversity management consultant and facilitator with F&H Solutions Group who assists clients in the development of organizational EEO and diversity-related initiatives. Melton has also been instrumental in conducting successful EEO investigations in a wide array of consumer industries. “Recent statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) indicate a record-breaking number of complaints filed as well as an increase in related lawsuits. This is due, in part, to the weakening economy, coupled with expanded EEO legislation and more stringent government enforcement. It is not uncommon to see settlements and jury awards totaling well over seven figures.”
Melton continued: “These new eLearning courses help defend against that increasing trend by emphasizing the organization’s responsibility to prevent discrimination and harassment through the implementation of effective non-harassment policies and procedures, as well as improved management skills.”
“These courses help employees at various levels of an organization better understand discrimination while providing those organizations with a flexible eLearning solution that meets their needs for compliance regulations,” said Jimmy Lin, vice president of Product Management and Corporate Strategy at The Network. “The courses use engaging real-life scenarios and interactive online activities to stress both the employer’s and the employee’s responsibility to immediately report incidents of misconduct encountered in the workplace and for employers to take immediate and appropriate corrective action.”
Lin continued: “It only takes one charge of harassment to damage the performance, reputation and employee morale of your entire company, to say little of the potential costs from lawsuits and penalties. The ‘Maintaining Respect’ courseware helps companies operate from a defensible posture, providing a way to proactively mitigate potential threats and guard against retaliation.”
ReadyTraining is a suite of cost-effective, ready-built courses that can be configured to reflect client-specific messaging, branding and policies. The courses are available in multiple languages and accessible via mobile devices to support global enterprises. ReadyTraining is designed for quick deployment and provides an engaging, interactive experience along with critical metrics, administration and certification tools.