More than a few employers expect sexual harassment claims toincrease as the floodgates of reporting have opened up, promptingmany to revisit their workplace policies and training, according tothe i4cp report, “HR& the Weinstein Effect.”

“It’s obvious we’ve entered a new era of zero tolerance on sexual harassment andassault,” says Kevin Oakes, i4cp’s CEO. “What’s not obvious tocompanies is how to deal with it. Clearly no organizationwants to be slow in addressing issues, and the speed at whichclaims are being handled now is unprecedented.

“However, there is still a lot of discussion in organizationsabout what to change going forward from previous policies,” Oakescontinues. “And in my discussions with chief human resourcesofficers over the last few weeks, it’s clear they are still tryingto figure out exactly what – if any – changes to make.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.