Deadline ahead to provide new sexual harassment prevention training to employees

Register for training course offered this May at CDA Presents

A state law that took effect early this year requires that employers with five or more employees provide qualified sexual harassment prevention training no later than Jan. 1, 2020. Practice owners can achieve this new training requirement by registering their dental teams for a course offered this May at CDA Presents in Anaheim.

Because the new law requires different training for supervisory versus nonsupervisory employees, two versions of the CDA Presents course are available.

The one-hour course for non-supervisors will explain what is and is not considered to be sexual harassment in the workplace and how to report sexual harassment, including options for reporting externally. The course for supervisory positions runs a mandated two hours and covers additional elements including employer responsibilities if sexual harassment is reported; confidentiality limitations during the complaint process; and how to develop and foster values that encourage harassment prevention and to effectively respond to sexual harassment incidents.

Michelle Corbo, employment practices analyst at CDA Practice Support, says that the course is particularly a good option for employers who might otherwise lack the time and resources to find and implement qualified training by the January 2020 deadline.

“Remember: Employees need to be trained in 2019 in order for the employer to be compliant by Jan. 1,” Corbo said. (For complete details about the law and required training, read the related article published by CDA in January.)

“2019 One-Hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: Nonsupervisory Positions” takes place 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 16, and repeats in the same time slot Saturday, May 18. The course offers 1.0 C.E. units and the fee is $20.

“2019 Two-Hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: Supervisor Positions” takes place 3-5 p.m. Thursday and repeats 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday. The course offers 2.0 C.E. units and the fee is $30.

Register for the courses at cdapresents.com/anaheim2019.

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