5 Things to do NOW to deal with Sexual Harassment Compliance Challenges

5 Things to do NOW to deal with Sexual Harassment Compliance Challenges

Two years ago, Time Magazine’s Person of the Year was the silence-breakers of the #MeToo movement.  In late 2018, in response to the movement, many U.S. state laws came into force requiring sexual harassment training and policies for employers.  For instance, in New York, most employers are now required to implement an anti-harassment policy as well as delivering “interactive” anti-harassment training.

The public, regulator, and shareholder expectations for companies are sky-high when it comes to preventing and responding to sexual harassment.  What can you do to protect your company in 2019?  Start with these five actions.

1.     Define Who is in Charge

In most companies, sexual harassment complaints are dealt with by the human resources team.  However, the new laws are mandating policies and training – frequently topics owned by compliance.  Additionally, investigations into whistle-blower complaints relating to sexual harassment may fall into the murky area between HR and compliance.

Get ahead of the problem by defining roles.  Pro-actively talk to HR, as well as to your investigations team (if you have a separate function) so that it is clear who is in charge of which actions.  Like data privacy or modern slavery, the response to this compliance risk can’t live just in the compliance department.  A multi-functional approach is best, so get people together and make a plan.

2.     Add Questions to Your Engagement Survey

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CONGRATULATIONS to Spark Compliance - shortlisted for Compliance Consulting Team of the Year!

CONGRATULATIONS to Spark Compliance - shortlisted for Compliance Consulting Team of the Year!

I’m SO PROUD of my team at Spark Compliance Consulting for being shortlisted for the THIRD consecutive year as Compliance Consulting Team of the Year at the International Women in Compliance Awards! You can see our press release HERE. Thank you to my amazing team in London, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. I am so grateful for each of you!

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Three Commitments to Make NOW for a fabulous New Year

Three Commitments to Make NOW for a fabulous New Year

Isn’t it fun to have a brand new year ahead? I love a clean slate.  We each have 365 days of opportunities for growth.  However, it’s all too easy for this year in your career to end up exactly the same as last. To avoid this, make the following three commitments to yourself now:

1.     Commit to meeting one new person in the industry each quarter

Inspirational guru Charlie “Tremendous” Jones reminds us that, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.”  Commit to meeting one new person in the industry each quarter.  Put a deadline on your calendar and set a reminder every two weeks to ensure you stick to the schedule. 

By the end of the year, you’ll have four new contacts.  That doesn’t sound like much, but if you extrapolate that number to the contacts of your new contacts, your network will have expanded dramatically.  Where can you meet at least one of these four new people?

2.     Commit to going to a conference this year

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How 5 Minutes a Day Can Give You a Much Better Career!

How 5 Minutes a Day Can Give You a Much Better Career!

Welcome back!  For many, coming back into the office after the holidays is a somber affair.  Gone are the glitter and lights of the season, replaced with what seems like a long stretch between now and summer vacation.

Jumping back into the grind can be hard.  But what if a new habit helped you ease into your day each morning while boosting skills and career?  What if spending just five minutes each morning when you get into the office could grow your knowledge, employability, and likelihood of being promoted?  It’s possible.  Beginning today, start your day with five minutes of career-related reading in the form of a blog post. 

Most blog posts are between 500 – 1,000 words.  Since the average person reads 200 – 250 words per minute, you can get through a blog post in only three to five minutes.  I’ve found that the easiest way to get into the habit is to start each day with a blog post.  This allows you to ease into your day, plus, you’ll know about all the latest trends, enforcement actions, and best practices put forth by the leaders in the field.

Some blogs are posted daily.  Others are posted weekly or sporadically.  Put yourself into a rhythm by reading different authors and bloggers by bookmarking one for each day of the week.  Some of my favorites include:

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PODCAST: Leveling Up your Career in a GREAT new Podcast!

PODCAST: Leveling Up your Career in a GREAT new Podcast!

There’s a brand new podcast that EVERY compliance officer should subscribe to right now! It’s called “Great Women in Compliance with Mary Shirley and Lisa Fine.” I’m so grateful to be featured in one of the premiere episodes, “Leveling Up in the Compliance Field with Kristy Grant-Hart.” In it we discuss:

  • How to position yourself to get on Boards

  • What to do if you’re thinking about leaving private practice to go into compliance

  • What to do if you want to be a consultant or an entrepreneur in the compliance field

  • And much more!

You don’t want to miss this! Listen HERE or at https://apple.co/2Qia6iU, or search for Great Women in Compliance in your favorite podcast player.

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