Employment Law Update – Legal-mail no. 2017-16
Posted on Nov. 17, 2017

This is Legal-mail no. 2017-16 prepared for interested HR professionals trying to deal with the complex American employment laws.

CONTENTS: BACK TO THE BASICS IN HARASSMENT TRAINING- “KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO YOURSELF!”

Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, Roy Moore, Al Franken, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Ben Affleck, George H.W. Bush, Mark Halperin…the list goes on and on of prominent people now accused of sexual harassment. Folks! This is not that difficult!

 

Maybe the EEOC was right when it concluded last year that employer sexual harassment training has not been effective. Maybe we need to get back to the basics.

 

Below are samples of three lists of pre-school or kindergarten rules I randomly pulled off the internet. I think I may just include them from now on in the employer harassment that training I do…

 

Sample Rules 1:

1.  Always use kind words (“warm fuzzies”) instead of mean words (“cold pricklies”)

2.  Share with others.

3.  Keep hands and feet to yourself.

4.  Use your walking feet.

5.  Help keep the room clean.

 

Sample Rules 2:

1.  We listen and do.

2.  We sit, stand, and walk properly.

3.  We treat others the way we would like to be treated.

4.  We take turns and share.

5.  We respect the personal space of others.

6.  We do not leave the classroom without permission.

7.  We raise our hand before we speak.

 

Sample Rules 3:

1. Listen when others are talking.

2. Follow directions.

3. Work quietly and do not disturb others.

4. Show respect for school and personal property.

5. Keep hands, feet and objects to self.

6. Work and play in a safe manner.

7. No running in the hallway.

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