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Wave of sexual misconduct allegations is a wake-up call for employers

MiamiHerald / From Silicon Valley to Hollywood to Washington, D.C., allegations of workplace sexual harassment and assault are in the headlines daily and have ended the careers of numerous high-profile executives and politicians. Last month, the “Me Too” hashtag prompted thousands of women and men to take to social media and share stories of sexual harassment and assault.

Closer to home, Florida’s Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel stepped down and Republican State Senator Jack Latvala is under investigation as a result of high-profile sexual harassment accusations.

If there is a lesson to be learned from the recent wave of high-profile claims, it is that sexual misconduct allegations are bad for a company’s employees, its bottom line, its reputation, and its corporate culture. Simply put, now is not just a good time – it is an essential time – for employers to review their workplace harassment policies and procedures to ensure that they are updated to a 21st century standard.

Following is some practical compliance advice and recommendations as to what you should be doing to ensure that your company stays ahead of the concerns that are rocking America.

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