CBS has introduced new anti-harassment policies and procedures
As network giant CBS prepares for the fall TV season, it’s also now getting ready to implement new human resources policies right before production kicks into high gear.
The company has announced it will require HR “production partners” to be present on set regularly at all CBS Studios productions.
The move is seen by industry observers as an attempt to bounce back from the sexual harassment and misconduct allegations former CEO Les Moonves faced.
In a joint memo, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl and CBS Television Studios President David Stapf said the “highly trained HR executives” will be on hand to “ensure safety” and “build trust with the cast, producers and staff”.
“These production partners,” they said, “will provide a recognizable name and face for everyone on set, regardless of title, to confidentially discuss any potential workplace situation.”
CBS said it is also setting up an independent reporting system for all employees, whether they are assigned to the office or on set.
“Professionals outside of CBS will receive these calls and emails, providing another confidential reporting option for our production employee base,” Kahl and Stapf said.
In line with this, the network will also develop its anti-harassment trainings further across all departments and productions, even offering customised training, with the help of Chief People Officer Laurie Rosenfield.
CBS is also working on its Employee Relations function and reporting procedures under the leadership of Hazel Mayers, the newly appointed Chief Business Ethics and Compliance Officer.