It is imperative that your management and employee policy handbooks have clearly defined harassment policies. If you do not already have such policies in place, we have provided customizable templates for policies that can be added to your handbook. Remember, these are not legally binding. We recommend you consult with legal counsel to review your policies and procedures .
In addition to reviewing your harassment policies with new employees, be sure they sign an acknowledgement that they received the training and the materials. This may help protect you in cases of litigation. We have provided a sample Harassment Training Acknowledgement Form that can be signed and placed in an employee's personnel file.
Don't wait for problems to fester and grow before you have the chance to do something about them. A simple survey given to all employees every six months will help you to identify and resolve potential problems, and show your commitment to a harassment-free workplace.