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Preventing and responding to harassment must involve both HR and compliance

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 24, 2018

The storm of sexual harassment allegations that have dominated headlines over the past year have brought to light the extensive risks companies face when a culture of respect and transparency is not fostered.

During a keynote panel on Wednesday at the Compliance Week 2018 conference in Washington, D.C., EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum and other experts shared best practices on how to address expectations concerning employee behavior, how to properly respond when allegations of sexual harassment arise, and how to communicate with senior leaders and the board on the importance of preemptive action.

One key theme was how important it is for compliance and human resources to work together in this area. In response to the #MeToo movement in late 2017, human resources came under a lot of fire for not doing enough, with many...

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