Courtships At The Office Can Land
Employers In The Courtroom
CCH Says Failure to Have Sexual Harassment Prevention Program in
is Flirting with Disaster
(RIVERWOODS, ILL., January 31, 2001) More and more, people are
meeting their romantic partners in the workplace. But, with every shot of cupids
arrow comes the chance that its the employer who will get hit with a lawsuit,
that is. With Valentines Day nearing, now is the perfect time to make sure your
organization has an effective plan in place to minimize the risks associated with office
romances, according to CCH INCORPORATED, a leading provider of employment law and human
resources information and the Shared Learning series of distance learning
"Workplace romances present a minefield of legal risks for employers, including
invasion of privacy, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge and even workplace
violence," notes Marjorie Johnson, JD, SPHR, a workplace law analyst for CCH.
"But employers can go a very long way to minimize their legal liability by putting in
place a sexual harassment prevention program as the cornerstone of their overall risk
Training Important Part of Harassment Prevention Program
The courts and regulators have made it clear that to avoid liability for punitive
damages, employers must make good faith efforts to implement antidiscrimination programs,
and an important part of that is training.
Now, to help employers effectively train employees in a cost-efficient way, CCH offers
interactive Shared Learning Sexual Harassment Prevention Training on
the Internet. (For more information contact your CCH Sales Representative at
1-888-224-7377 or visit http://elearning.cch.com.)
Part of the Shared Learning e-learning series, Shared Learning Sexual
Harassment Prevention Training combines CCHs legal content and expertise with
practical insights to deliver the most authoritative, convenient and engaging Web-based
training today. The definitive training system, Shared Learning on the Internet is
the most convenient and cost-effective way for companies to train employees and
supervisors on sexual harassment prevention. Since Shared Learning is Web-based, it
can be accessed any time from anywhere a user has browser capabilities. It can even be
installed on your organizations own intranet.
Taken at the users desktop, Shared Learning training also reduces
classroom time and allows flexibility in the choice of training environment. And, with
lessons that are self-paced, users can learn at their own speed.
With Shared Learning on the Internet, employers can customize both the content
and Web interface to ensure your organizations anti-harassment policy and message
hit home with employees. Training content can be created to match your work environment,
including a personal introductory message from your organizations leader to ensure
that employees understand theres commitment from the top for a respectful workplace.
Shared Learning Sexual Harassment Prevention Overview
Shared Learning Sexual Harassment Prevention presents modules for both employees
and supervisors. The hands-on interactive training uses a series of explanations,
examples, scenarios and frequently asked questions to teach and reinforce key points in an
engaging manner as users learn about sexual harassment.
On the Internet or corporate intranet, as well as on a stand-alone CD-ROM, Shared
Learning Sexual Harassment Prevention uses the power of interactive technology
to blend expert commentary, real-life scenarios and interactive Q&A into an
engaging learning experience.
An administration module (Learning Management System) tracks the progress of all users
and allows your program administrator to generate documentation reports that capture
information such as employee name, department and date of training completion.
Upon finishing the training, everyone will understand why it is important to know about
sexual harassment, be able to recognize what it is and what it is not, know what actions
to avoid and, if they are supervisors, know how to respond effectively to a sexual
The Shared Learning Series
Sexual Harassment Prevention is just one in a series of Shared Learning distance
learning courseware. Other courses in the series include Workplace Violence
Prevention; Interviewing and Hiring; Discipline; Termination; a
Spanish-language version of Sexual Harassment Prevention and the upcoming E-mail
and Internet Use.
"Companies can reduce liability exposure by ensuring that dedicated compliance
training is in place, and Shared Learning offers an ideal solution to
employers," said CCH Human Resources group marketing manager Steve Slater, "It
delivers authoritative training in a highly convenient and cost-effective way."
Availability and Pricing
For more information on the Shared Learning series or Shared Learning Sexual
Harassment Prevention, contact your CCH sales representative at 1 888 CCH REPS
(1-888-224-7377) or visit the CCH Shared Learning Web site at http://elearning.cch.com.
About CCH INCORPORATED
CCH INCORPORATED, Riverwoods, Ill., is a leading provider of employment law information
and software for human resource professionals, including Human Resources Management,
Pension Plan Guide, Employee Benefits Guide and Payroll Management
Guide. CCH also provides tax and business law information in print and electronic form
for accounting, legal, health care and small business professionals. CCH is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S. The CCH web site can be accessed at www.cch.com. The Human Resources web site can
be accessed at http://hr.cch.com.
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Editors Note: Members of the media who are interested in complimentary review
access to Shared Learning Sexual Harassment Training may contact Leslie Bonacum at
(847) 267-7153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.