1. Sexual Harassment. Companies have focused their polices, but it's just as important to implement annual training. While it helps with potential liability, more importantly are companies' willingness to foster safe, positive work environments.
2. Implicit Bias. We are wired to judge quickly and use stereotypes to survive an endless barrage of information. To make sure we're not using predispositions in a negative, illegal, or unproductive way, we need to recognize and have the tools to handle them.
3. Marijuana. Now legal in one form or another in 34 states, employers have to deal with OSHA obligations, federal mandates, assessment of reasonable suspicion, and vendor/customer attitudes.
4. Workplace Violence Prevention. In this era, it is key to teach workers how to prevent or minimize workplace danger. Companies are obligated to do so under OSHA standards and hopefully their own initiatives for a safe workplace.
5. Pay Equity. Companies need training regarding proper interview questions (many states now preclude salary history inquiries); implementing pay standards for workers performing the same job (e.g., is it 'substantially similar work,' or 'work requiring similar skill, effort, and responsibility'?); and tracking pay equity progress.