Although much of the workforce may be remote during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, neither New York State, New York City, nor California has postponed their mandatory anti-harassment training deadlines.
Similarly, in New Jersey, courts continue to consider an employer’s anti-harassment training in evaluating the strength of an important affirmative defense in hostile environment cases. In addition, the State’s legislature is considering a bill that would make annual anti-harassment training a requirement in New Jersey.
In light of this, many employers have decided to move ahead during the pandemic with virtual trainings on a variety of topics, including:
- Combatting Unconscious Bias
- How to be an Upstander
- Civility/Respect in the Workplace
- Workshops for Human Resources Professionals
To assist its clients with trainings in the current environment, NFC has taken their established in-person training courses and created remote programs that can be delivered via videoconference by the Firm’s engaging and knowledgeable facilitators. Just like NFC’s in-person trainings, clients can customize trainings to their individual organization’s needs and participants can still participate in full Q&A sessions, meeting any “interactivity” requirement.
In addition, NFC is leveraging videoconference-specific tools – such as polling and breakout rooms – to keep trainings dynamic and further drive interactivity with participants.