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We have delivered customized training for employers for more than 20 years. Our classes cover topics from sexual harassment to diversity, communication skills to the fundamentals of effective management. We work closely with human resource professionals, in-house and outside counsel, and company leadership to create training courses that meet specific needs and goals – both to remain compliant and to build respectful workplaces.

Our instructors are experienced, licensed employment attorneys who have a thorough knowledge of employee relations and the legal ramifications of workplace behavior and also bring real-world experience to each class. Our training courses are highly customized – including specific company policies, hypothetical scenarios specific to each workplace, and videos designed to promote discussion, interaction, and - most importantly - retention of key concepts.

We structure each course to meet the needs of each client. For example, while harassment and discrimination are regularly requested topics, adding a component on diversity may also make sense for a particular employer. If your employee population has already been through conventional anti-harassment training, it may be wise to dig more deeply into unconscious bias or civility and the role they play in the workplace.

Research shows, and the EEOC concurs, that live training is the optimal way to convey information to trainees. Live training courses offer many advantages: onsite delivery, customization to include company policies or other necessary information specific to a particular employer, hypothetical scenarios that are tailored to a particular workplace, and videos with scenarios designed to promote discussion, interaction, and - most importantly - retention of key concepts. In addition, a live trainer works closely with the client to understand the organization's culture, training objectives, and the particular challenges they face and embed those objectives into the class.

Experienced on-site trainers engage with trainees directly and bring a breadth of real world experience to the training topic. The ability of the trainer to convey practical experience to trainees in an interactive way creates an environment that optimizes understanding of key concepts.

If an employer has employees who are unable to attend a live training session, a webcast version of the live class is an option. A webcast is a presentation, typically in a PowerPoint format with embedded videos, that is streamed over the Internet. This technology allows a training session to be viewed by many trainees simultaneously. Webcasts may either be distributed live or on demand.

Our training courses conducted via webcasts offer the same unique customization as the in-person training sessions, yet webcasts also allow attendees to participate in live sessions delivered by our attorney-consultants. Webcasts can be useful for make-up sessions, new hires, and remote employees.

Webcasts are designed to be interactive. Webcast technology allows attendees, who are sitting at their computer or in a classroom with others, the ability to participate by asking and answering questions throughout the live session. Webcast training sessions are recorded so that organizations can provide the recorded sessions to employees on demand at times and locations that are convenient to the trainee.

Online training or “E-Learning” courses are a third option for employers to consider. These courses are conducted via electronic media, typically over the Internet, and do not involve a live trainer. While online training can be effective in certain scenarios, the data shows that online courses are most effective when used in conjunction with live onsite training due to the highly interactive nature of live training and its impact on retention of the material. Organizations do find, however, that online training can be useful in certain discrete situations such as quickly bringing new employees up to speed on basic requirements regarding policies and compliance issues. 

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