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Besides being the law, why harassment training is good for business

SB 1343 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 30, 2018 and made harassment training for all employees and management mandatory. SB 1343 requires all employers with five (5) or more employees to provide one (1) hour of harassment training to non-supervisory employees and two (2) hours of harassment training to all supervisory employees every two years. All new hires must receive training within 6 months of their date of hire or promotion and temporary or seasonal employees must receive harassment withing 30 days or 100 hours of their date of hire. Employers must be in compliance by January 1, 2021.

Why is harassment training necessary? It has been estimated that employers lose $22,500 per employee in lost productivity and employee turnover due to sexual harassment. We have been told that assuming the claim is settled out of court, the average harassment claim will usually run companies from $75,000 – $125,000 in settlements and legal costs.

Beside the cost of legal and settlement costs there are also many hidden costs that employers should take into account when it comes to harassment.

  • Low morale
  • Poor productivity
  • Poor customer service
  • Increased turnover
  • Poor company reputation

All of these bullet points are items that employers try to avoid and could avoid if a zero tolerance for harassment was the company culture and truly lived.

We, The HR Firm, can provide State mandated harassment training to help bring you into compliance with AB 1343 and assist you in putting policies and procedures in place to assist you in having a zero tolerance for harassment in your workplace.

Contact us if you need more information.

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Jeff Hata

Account Manager | Safety Director

Jeff has over 21 years middle to upper level production management experience with Eastman Kodak Company. While with Kodak, Jeff was certified as a seminar facilitator with Development Dimensions International and was the Supervisor/Manager Development trainer for Kodak’s California Operations. In addition, Jeff has over 14 years’ experience as a local small business owner. Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Photographic Technology and Engineering from St Cloud State University, St Cloud, Minnesota. Jeff holds certifications for Human Resources HIIPA, American Heart Association First Aid, American Heart Association CPR/AED, Workplace Active Assailant Readiness Training, OSHA General Industry & OSHA Construction.

Jeff believes that giving back to his community is vitally important. Some of the organizations that Jeff supports are Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Ventura Family YMCA, Operation Gratitude, Ventura Women’s Center, United Way Day of Caring, Surf Rider Foundation Beach Cleanup, and American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink. Jeff is a two-time Past President for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Past Board Secretary for the Ventura Chamber of Commerce and is currently the Board Chair for the Ventura Family YMCA and the Ventura Women’s Center.

Rosandra Esquivel

Principal

Rosandra has worked in multiple industries over the past 25 years. To ensure a well-rounded experience base, Rosandra has worked in the Public and Private sectors in various industries including manufacturing, hospitality, automotive, insurance, agriculture, real estate, construction, education, and public safety. She has garnered multi industry experience and boasts numerous designations including from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) as a Generalist, cross industry certifications in HIIPA and most recently, Workplace Active Assailant Readiness Training. With a BA in Political Science and International Studies emphasis in International Business and Spanish and Culture language from California Lutheran University; in addition to a Certificate in Human Resource Management, Rosandra has made it her goal to elevate Human Resources to the next level.

Aligned with Rosandra’s philosophy of being of service, she is generous with her time and gives back to her community by working on community service projects with the Salvation Army, Rotary Club of Ventura-East, Ventura Women’s Center, Operation Gratitude, Surfrider Foundation Beach Clean-up, United Way Day of Caring, the Ventura Family YMCA & The American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. Rosandra is also a Past Commissioner for the Ventura County Commission for Women.

To utilize being bilingual, in this day of COVID-19, Rosandra also worked alongside JR Bookkeeping and the SBCDC to put on bilingual webinars, for business owners on how to safely reopen their businesses while still remaining compliant with local and state restrictions. The office of Governor Newson, ensured this endeavor was supported, as did Univision LA’s largest Spanish language station. Through this project, Rosandra was able to assist business owners statewide.

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Oscar Esquivel

Community Outreach

Oscar has over 37 years of manufacturing management experience. His focus on Human Resources was gained when working in the Aerospace, Janitorial, Retail and Banking industries. Oscar holds a degree in Business Administration from San Carlos University, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Oscar’s knowledge of industrial process and hands on knowledge of forklift operator, has given him the ability to assist in the auditing of Safety protocols. As a certified hazardous Waste Removal person, he has worked alongside OSHA to ensure safety is always at the forefront. As part of The HR FIRM, Oscar works with our Spanish speaking clients, a population that is often underserviced and in need of his knowledge.

In Oscar’s free time he enjoys gardening and working on projects around the house. Oscar also spends time giving back to his community working with Rosandra and Jeff on projects for the Rotary Club of Ventura-East, United Way Day of Caring, The Ventura Family YMCA and The American Cancer Society Real Men Wear Pink Campaign.

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