Topics at the conference included:
- How to Avoid Becoming the Next #MeToo Headline: Ensuring your Sexual Harassment Policy, Training and Investigations are Effective
- Acting With Respect--The Only Workplace Drama You Need
- HR Leadership Lessons from Hollywood
"There have been a lot more requests for training and I think people are a lot more attune to the importance of having a (sexual harassment) policy and having employees find out about it early before something festers into a bigger problem," says Louis Wilson, a labor and employment lawyer for the Melbourne, FL-based Harrison law firm.
It is not enough to just have guidelines in the employees' handbook, Wilson adds.
"The EEOC wants to see the employer actively educating employees about what exactly harassment is, that it has a policy against it and that it won't tolerate it so it doesn't become an issue," Wilson said. "If someone makes a stupid commit, or thinks it's OK to behave a certain way, the EEOC wants to see that it gets addressed by the company and that it takes appropriate action so it doesn't become worse."