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Employee Training Requirements and Resources for Pennsylvania Businesses

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Employee Training Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, businesses are required to provide certain types of training to their employees. Here are some examples of the most common employee training requirements:

  1. Sexual Harassment Prevention Training: Employers with four or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees within the first 90 days of employment and at least once every two years thereafter. The training must be interactive and must cover topics such as the definition of sexual harassment, how to report it, and the employer's prohibition against retaliation.

  2. Workplace Safety Training: Employers must provide employees with training on workplace safety and health hazards, including how to identify, avoid, and report them. The training should be specific to the hazards present in the workplace and should be provided to employees upon hiring and when new hazards are introduced.

  3. Anti-Discrimination and Diversity Training: Employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide anti-discrimination and diversity training to supervisors and managers. The training should cover topics such as the prohibition against discrimination and harassment, the employer's policy against retaliation, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

  4. Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training: Certain employees, such as school employees and healthcare providers, are required to complete training on recognizing and reporting child abuse. The training must be completed within the first 90 days of employment and must be repeated every five years.

It's important to note that these are just some examples of the employee training requirements in Pennsylvania, and there may be additional requirements depending on the industry or type of business. Employers should consult with an attorney or the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to ensure compliance with all applicable training requirements.

Employee Training Trends for Pennsylvania Businesses

Here are some trends in employee training that are currently popular in Pennsylvania:

Online and Remote Training

With the rise of remote work and the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are shifting towards online and remote training programs. These programs allow employees to complete training modules from anywhere and at any time, making it more convenient for both the employee and the employer.

Soft Skills Training

Many employers are realizing the importance of soft skills in the workplace, such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. As a result, there has been an increase in soft skills training programs to help employees develop these important skills.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Training

DEI training has become increasingly popular in recent years, with many companies recognizing the need to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace. DEI training programs can help employees understand and navigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and can help create a more welcoming and supportive workplace culture.

Leadership Development Programs

As older workers retire and new workers enter the workforce, there is a growing need for leadership development programs to help train the next generation of leaders. These programs can help employees develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage and motivate teams effectively.


Some companies are using gamification techniques to make training more engaging and fun for employees. This can include incorporating game-like elements, such as rewards and challenges, into training programs to increase employee participation and retention.

Employee Training Resources for Pennsylvania Businesses

There are several resources available for Pennsylvania businesses to help with employee training:

Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry offers a variety of resources to help businesses with employee training, including information on workplace safety, apprenticeships, and training grants.

Pennsylvania CareerLink

Pennsylvania CareerLink provides a variety of job training services to both employers and job seekers, including training programs, job fairs, and networking events.

Pennsylvania Statewide Workforce Development Board

The Pennsylvania Statewide Workforce Development Board offers training and employment services to businesses and job seekers throughout the state.

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools

Community colleges and vocational schools throughout Pennsylvania offer a variety of training programs and courses that can help businesses train their employees in specific skills and areas.

Industry Associations

Many industry associations offer training programs and resources for businesses in specific industries. These associations can be a great resource for businesses looking to train their employees in industry-specific skills and knowledge.

About LMS Portals

At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.

The system includes an embedded SCORM-compliant course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.

We also offer a complete library of ready-made courses, covering most every aspect of corporate training and employee development.

If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.

Together, these features make the LMS Portals platform the ideal platform for our Pennsylvania-based clients and partners.

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