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Skillsoft partners with Australian law firm Jackson McDonald to expand global compliance coverage to meet the needs of Australian employees

Skillsoft addresses widespread harassment and bullying issues that plague Australian businesses

Sydney, 21 June 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, has partnered with Australian law firm Jackson McDonald to release a series of workplace compliance courses designed to address systemic problems employees and organisations continue to face with regards to workplace harassment.

In a recent Safe Work Australia report , harassment and bullying claims represent 29 percent of mental stress claims in the workplace. According to another report by the Psychosocial Safety Climate and Better Productivity in Australian Workplaces , productivity losses associated with low levels of management commitment to psychological health and safety in the workplace cost employers around $6 billion per annum.

"Workplace discrimination and misconduct continue to be a prevalent problem which must be addressed in the Australian workforce. We are pleased to partner with Skillsoft on this project to improve compliance within Australian workplaces," said Renae Harding, Special Counsel at Jackson McDonald.

The series of five short courses, which expands Skillsoft's existing compliance training offering, cover key business risks around harassment and bullying, equal employment opportunity, and privacy.

"We see a growing need for effective compliance training to address these critical issues and help reduce the employee strain, cultural deficit and financial burdens placed on these organisations. The lack of understanding around compliance-related issues, coupled with weak reference and training materials for companies to use, has led to a growing trend around workplace compliance claims," said Melissa Ries, VP & GM Regional Sales, Australia at Skillsoft.

The courses, now available to Australian businesses, offer two distinct versions. One for managers and one for non-managers - ensuring materials apply to all levels of staff within an organisation. The material plays to Skillsoft's fresh, modern take on key risk topics and newly designed compliance courseware to include appealing video, role play scenarios and material attestation and questionnaires all of which provide greater engagement with the end user.

The release of this new content further reinforces Skillsoft's market leading position and commitment to deliver best-in-class learning experiences, while addressing the need for proper workplace compliance training.

For more information on Skillsoft's offerings, visit www.skillsoftcompliance.com

About Skillsoft
Skillsoft is the global leader in eLearning, providing the most engaging learner experience and high-quality content. We are trusted by the world's leading organisations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. Our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content that drives business impact for today's modern enterprise. Our 150,000+ multi-modal courses, videos, books and micro-learning modules are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% secure cloud access, from any device, whenever, wherever. www.skillsoft.com

About Jackson McDonald
Jackson McDonald is a large independent law firm with over 200 staff and 27 Partners, offering the full range of commercial legal services. For nearly a century, we have provided our clients with clear, concise legal advice that is tailored to their commercial and operational needs. We have eminent legal expertise in workplace relations, work health and safety, real estate, planning and construction, commercial litigation, commercial taxation, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, mining and resources, energy, insurance, reconstruction and insolvency and private client services. A number of our practices and partners are recognised as leaders in their field and feature regularly in Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Chambers Guide, and Doyle's Guide - meaning that our clients are in safe hands at all times.

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