Office of Compliance offers new anti-harassment training for congressional employees

Office of Compliance offers new anti-harassment training for congressional employees
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The Congressional Office of Compliance (OOC) announced Monday it’s beefed up its sexual harassment training for congressional employees.

The OOC said it updated and enhanced its 2014 online sexual harassment training and is now offering an hourlong, in-person training program for congressional employees on ways bystanders can intervene to combat workplace harassment. 

The move comes as many businesses, agencies and both chambers of Congress are updating their policies in the wake of the "Me Too" movement. 

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In November the Senate passed a resolution to make sexual harassment training mandatory for all members and their staff.

Paula Sumberg, the OOC’s deputy executive director, said current members and staffers were required to complete an online training course through either OOC's office, the Senate chief counsel or another entity online or in-person by Jan. 8.

Any new hires will have to complete training within 60 days of starting in the position.

The House also passed a resolution requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for its members and their staff, but that training must be done in-person with a company the House Administration Committee chooses.

The Chief Administrative Office put out a request for proposals on Jan. 18 and responses were due by Feb. 8. The contract solicitation said training for existing House staff is expected to start by April 2 and be completed by July 2.  There were 23 firms that responded.