Vital Business Solutions Newsletter
Annual Employee Training
Have you planned and begun your annual compliance training for 2013? Some employers require the training as part of employee orientation, then on a periodic basis during the year. Other employers have a specific time of the year when all employees are required to complete annual training. You must select the time that is best for your business, but make sure the various training sessions are completed. In addition, it is a good idea to track training completion, since proof of training may be required, especially for government contractors.
Below is a list of mandatory training for government contractors:
Workplace Harassment. This is wider that sexual harassment training and should be required of ALL employees at the beginning of employment.
Workplace Discrimination for Supervisors. This training is important for supervisory employees who hire, develop, evaluate, and fire employees. Training should cover laws regarding discrimination, for example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
Code of Ethics. Under the Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX), publicly traded companies are expected to provide proof that they have a Code of Conduct policy for Senior Leaders. This training typically covers financial practices and accounting controls.It's highly recommended for small businesses as well.
Code of Conduct. This training encompasses the organization's legal obligations and the employees' accountability regarding proper methods of behavior or practices that support the business' values. Topics typically include occupational health and safety, conflict of interest, equal employment opportunity, substance abuse policies, etc. Generally, a clear description of what constitutes misconduct, why certain behaviors are prohibited, and the employer's right to take corrective action/discipline.
It is not enough to only provide written policies. All employees - individual contributors and managers - should be trained on these policies.
Employers can select from various methods to track training. Depending on the number of employees, tracking tools range from a simple Excel spreadsheet up to acquiring a Learning Management System (LMS). Failure to train and to show proof of training exposes the business to increased risks. Vital Business Solutions is ready to provide assistance to implement and maintain training programs in small organizations that need to comply with training requirements.