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Frequently Asked Questions about the CA and NY Sexual Harassment Mandates

Employers in California and New York must now meet new requirements to provide sexual harassment prevention training to all of their employees. Do you know how your company plans to...
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How to Build a Better Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Process

Companies that make bad hires pay the price. Placing someone in a role they’re not fit for can cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars, stemming from costs of...
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Why Your Dated Social Media Policies Are A Culture and Legal Issue Waiting to Happen

For years, a common fear for businesses has been that employees might use social media in ways that hurt the company. Everything from sharing confidential information, misrepresenting the views of...
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Watermark’s Conference Shows How We Can Honor International Women’s Day Every Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the fifth annual Watermark Conference for Women in the Silicon Valley. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the organization, Watermark’s...
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9 Ways To Use California’s Gender Identity Regulations to Make Your Workplace More Inclusive

I served on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (previously the Fair Employment and Housing Commission) for more than seven years (appointed first by Gov. Schwarzenegger and later by Gov....
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5 Ways MeToo Will Continue to Impact Global Companies in 2019

During 2018 we saw the ongoing impact of the #MeToo movement on harassment law and practice around the world. As we enter 2019, this sharp global focus on combating harassment...
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Why Your Outdated Employee Relations Strategies Pose a Big Risk in 2019

In 2019, HR professionals will experience a new paradigm in employee relations and the strategies they’ve used for the last 25 years will no longer be effective; old strategies will...
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‘Tis the Season for Workplace Drama...But It Doesn’t Have to Be!

December brings with it a big challenge for company leaders: how to balance spreading holiday cheer with minimizing the corporate risk that can be associated with the company holiday party....
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Who Will Manage Sexual Harassment Risk in 2019—HR or Business Compliance?

About a month ago, I participated in a conference for ethics and compliance professionals— people who manage enterprise risk stemming from antitrust, intellectual property, privacy, information security, and other business...
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Isn’t Training Just Teaching Employees How to Sue Me?

When I first began advocating for training all employees on sexual harassment prevention, a few companies agreed that this would be an effective way to address workplace harassment. But most...
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It’s a Scary Time for Men, It’s a Scary Time for Women

If I didn’t lose you with the title, then you’re open-minded, and I appreciate that. I certainly know it’s a scary time for women—the past year has made it very...
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Now what? Three Steps to Implementing New Sexual Harassment Training in New York and California

In retrospect, we should have expected 2019 to be the year of sexual harassment prevention training. As the #MeToo movement swirled and grew, it became clear that something needed to...
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California Sends a Strong Message to Employers: Prevent and Address Sexual Harassment…or Else!

There is a monumental seismic shift occurring throughout the country, but given California’s reputation as the place where seismic shifts are most likely to occur, it’s no surprise that it...
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4 Steps To Develop Your Workplace Culture Skills

Have you ever been angry at your co-workers? Or vented to friends and family about workplace situations? Or perhaps you found out that co-workers were bummed out because of you?...
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How to Develop Our Workplace Respect Skill

Studies show that work conflict impacts us in pretty significant ways—often even more than personal or family drama. That's because our identities are often tied to our work. So feeling disrespected can...
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Developing Our Culture Competency

Why Workplace Skills Are Just As Important As Career Skills People prepare for their career by developing and practicing the skills related to their domain.  Marketers practice writing; salespeople practice...
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What We Can Learn from Real-world Stories of Diversity and Bias

As we’ve been helping companies create a more inclusive and diverse workplace with unconscious bias training, we’ve been lucky to accumulate some very rich qualitative data in the form of...
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An Open Letter to the State of New York Regarding Workplace Sexual Harassment

Guidance on Workplace Sexual Harassment is a Good Start, but Current Content Will Have Unintended Consequences that Will Make it Harder to Accomplish Your Goal to Eradicate Workplace Sexual Harassment...
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Decision-Making in Workplace Investigations: Keep it Fair

Now more than ever, companies are being held to a higher standard when it comes to workplace misconduct. They must have reliable and safe methods for employees to report misconduct,...
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Drive Diversity by Focusing on These Three Company Culture Elements

If you’re working on diversity initiatives in the workplace you know it’s equally inspiring and frustrating. Research shows that companies with diverse talent pools achieve greater innovations, more productivity and...
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The Leaky Funnel: The Reason Your Talent Diversity Efforts Are Falling Short

‘Tis the season when technology companies publish their diversity numbers. And, despite a concerted effort to increase diversity, women and people of color are still underrepresented across all levels and particularly in senior...
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