Sexual Harassment Policies for Franchises

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Sexual harassment at the workplace as always been an issue. Now, against the backdrop of the #metoo movement in America, all business owners including franchise companies and franchisee owners need to know how to handle situations when they arise. Mary Simmons, PHR, SHRM- CP, a Human Resources expert for almost three decades and Director of HR Consultant for Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc., a Labor Relations and Human Resources consulting firm, shares how to deal with situations, the owners responsibilities and how to protect your business from exposure to this issue.

Mary Simmons is a Human Resources and Training Professional with over 25 years of experience helping businesses achieve success.  She is currently a Director of HR Consultant for Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc., a Labor Relations and Human Resources consulting firm.

As a Director of HR Consulting at PMP, Mary partners with companies to ensure they are compliant with workplace laws and regulations, while assisting them in managing their employees to achieve maximum productivity. Specifically, some of the projects she assists companies with include: writing employee handbooks, career transition training, recruitment and developing and facilitating customized training sessions such as Performance Evaluations, Anti- Harassment and Supervisory Skills.

As an adjunct professor, at New York Institute of Technology Mary teaches the “ SHRM- HR Essentials” class to HR Professionals and business owners.

Madeleine Park