Successful Anti-harassment Programs With New Prevention Guide, Expert Investigations Manual From CCH
(Riverwoods, ILL., March 1, 2000) A
well-implemented anti-harassment policy, including an effective procedure for
investigating allegations, can be a powerful shield when a company has to defend itself
against sexual harassment lawsuits, according to CCH INCORPORATED (CCH), a leading
provider of human resources law information and software. To help businesses implement
effective policies against sexual harassment, CCH is offering two new practical guidance
resources Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical Guide by the
employment law experts of Jackson Lewis and Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual by
human resources consultant Marcia Haight. (To order call 1-888-224-7377, or for
more information visit http://hr.cch.com.)
Delivering straightforward action plans and practical
advice from human resources law experts, the new loose-leaf guides from CCH provide
businesses with clear roadmaps to demonstrable and effective compliance with
anti-harassment laws and step-by-step guidance to those on the frontlines of harassment
Effective Policy, Investigations, Vital to Harassment
The lack of a policy, poor implementation or ineffectual
investigations can expose companies to significant liabilities for the harassing actions
of employees even if they did not know about them. Yet, in two significant recent
decisions, the Supreme Court made it clear that a companys adoption of an effective
anti-harassment program and its diligence in following up on complaints can avert or
lessen sanctions, according to Michael J. Lotito, a partner in Jackson Lewis and
contributor to Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment.
"The court has also made it clear, however, that a
company that has not successfully implemented an anti-harassment policy can be precluded
from defending itself when an employee engages in sexual harassment even if no one
in upper management was aware of the situation," Lotito said.
Lotito, recognized as one of the country's foremost experts
in employment and labor law, will address the 2000 HumanAssets.orgŪ conference in New
York City on March 3, 2000 on "What Every Corporate Official Should Know About the
High Cost of Sexual Harassment." Lotito is the 2000 Chairman of the Society of Human
Resource Management (SHRM).
New Guide is Comprehensive, Action-Oriented
Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical Guide
is a comprehensive, action-oriented planning and emergency-response resource for human
resources professionals and corporate counsel.
The Guide begins with an overview of Title VII,
related laws and regulations, recent cases and trends. In non-technical language, it
clarifies the issues of quid-pro-quo, unwelcome conduct, hostile environments and office
The Guide uses cases to illustrate policies and
procedures and to help guide an organizations efforts in introducing new
preventative sexual harassment measures, with over 30 real-life scenarios covering
virtually any situation that can occur in the workplace.
Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical
Guide then takes you through the process of identifying key issues, understanding the
law and responding to a complaint.
The Guide presents these specific fact patterns in
an easy-to-understand format and gives practical advice and guidance for each specific
situation. How companies should handle complaints of sexual harassment is addressed in
depth, from initial "who to call" considerations through appropriate responses
based on investigative findings.
Throughout, the Guide is filled with practical,
instructional features such as quick-reference summaries of chapter contents, in-depth
studies derived from actual cases, checklists, FAQs and sample policies.
The role of alternative dispute resolution is also
discussed, and non-litigators are provided with an overview of the litigation process and
how they can best work with outside counsel.
Investigations Manual Provides How-To Knowledge,
The Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual, by
Marcia Haight, is the perfect complement to Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment.
The Investigations Manual is sharply focused on the investigative process and is
written with the immediate needs of the investigator in mind. The one-volume, loose-leaf
resource spells out every detail of harassment investigations, step by step, with an eye
toward effective resolution and solid documentation.
Chapters on investigation tools, conducting investigations,
documentation and communications focus on the detailed steps needed to investigate
allegations and are filled with practical tools such as sample memos and interview guides.
The added complexities of conducting investigations in the
context of union contracts and with the possible complication that harassment has
transgressed criminal law are also addressed. Additional chapters present relevant EEOC
guidelines and Supreme Court decisions, as well as key recent rulings of state supreme
courts and federal appeals courts.
Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual author
Marcia Haight is president of Haight Consulting, a human resources consulting firm. A
nationally acknowledged author of employer compliance kits, Haight has nearly 40 years
experience in helping employers comply with laws affecting employees.
Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical Guide
and Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual each are updated with a quarterly news
bulletin featuring practice tips, case studies, expert interviews, checklists and more.
Comprehensive Coverage From CCH
The two new practical guides Preventing Workplace Sexual
Harassment and Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual complement CCHs
suite of authoritative, practical resources for companies looking to ensure they avoid
serious legal liabilities by having effective anti-harassment policies and programs in
Recently, CCH introduced Shared Learning
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training an interactive multimedia training system
designed to help create a harassment-free workplace and document employers
good-faith efforts. The new training resource makes the law come alive and integrates
CCHs authoritative content and expertise with state of the art technology and
practical insights from Jackson Lewis.
Availability and Pricing
For more information or to subscribe to Preventing
Workplace Sexual Harassment and Sexual Harassment Investigations Manual,
contact a CCH sales representative at 1-888-CCH REPS (1-888-224-7377). A special
introductory subscription offer for Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Practical
Guide is $219.
A subscription to the Sexual Harassment Investigations
Manual is $129 for the first year with renewal for a second year at $89. Or, subscribe
to both publications for $299 for the first year with renewal for a second year at $269.
Additional shipping and handling charges and tax apply.
For more information on Shared Learning Sexual
Harassment Prevention, contact your CCH sales representative at 1-888-224-7377.
About CCH INCORPORATED
CCH INCORPORATED, headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill.,
was founded in 1913 and has served four generations of business professionals and their
clients. The company produces more than 700 electronic and print products for the tax,
legal, securities, insurance, human resources, health care and small business markets. CCH
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S. The CCH web site can be accessed at www.cch.com. The CCH Human Resources group
web site can be accessed at http://hr.cch.com.
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