Emtrain Blog

The 2016 Rio Olympics: A Great Sporting Event and an Ethical Mess

Posted by Chris MacDonald

August 26, 2016

The following post was written by our expert contributor, Professor Chris MacDonald and originally appeared in the Canadian Business magazine. Professor MacDonald is a contributor to our Code of Conduct and Ethics training course.

So, the 2016 Olympics are over. And while the Olympics always seem to serve up their share of controversy, this year’s event in Rio seems to have had more than the usual quantum of troubles. In fact, the Rio Olympics featured enough scandals and ethical dilemmas to keep a university Moral Issues course going for two full semesters.

The ethical issues at Rio began, of course, long before the Olympics did. To start, there was the controversy over holding a multi-billion dollar event in an underdeveloped country in the midst of political turmoil. And as the games approached, serious concerns were raised about the lack of essential infrastructure, not to mention lack of plausible assurances about safety and security.

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Topics: Ethics

How to Build an Effective Unconscious Bias Program [Guide]

Posted by Allison Baker

August 23, 2016


Research shows us that mandated unconscious bias training programs don't work. Instead of a top-down approach to unconscious bias training, we recommend crafting a program that inspires behavioral change on a personal level.

Download your free Guide to Building an Effective Unconscious Bias Program to learn how to engage learners and start a sustainable, interactive dialogue about unconscious bias.  

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Topics: Unconscious Bias

Key Energy Services Resolves FCPA Enforcement Action for $5 million

Posted by Allison Baker

August 17, 2016


Key Energy Services was found liable for FCPA books and records and internal controls violations, even though the SEC found that certain employees of an indirect Mexico subsidiary “abused their privileges, approving suspect arrangements with and payments to consultants and gifts to Mexican government officials at Pemex, and concealing these arrangements and payments from Key Energy.”

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

Webinar Q&A: Wage and Hour Law Compliance

Posted by Allison Baker

August 15, 2016

During our recent Top 10 Wage & Hour Risks in California webinar, we gave attendees the opportunity to ask wage and hour lawyer and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner, Melinda Riechert, and Emtrain's President, Janine Yancey, about wage and hour law including properly classifying employees, meal and rest breaks, PTO, and other compliance-related questions.

Check out their answers and, if you have any additional questions, you'll have an opportunity to ask your own questions at the bottom of the page.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Legal, Wage-and-Hour, misclassification

Manage Your Wage and Hour Violation Risk with Our Free Toolkit

Posted by Allison Baker

August 10, 2016

With the new DOL overtime rule going into effect and employee misclassification violations on the rise, wage and hour issues will be a focus for many HR departments this year. 

How do you plan to manage your wage and hour violation risk this year? 

To help manage your risk for wage and hour violations, we put together a free Wage & Hour Toolkit. This toolkit has everything you need to help you manage common wage and hour issues from misclassification to ensuring that your employees take proper meal and rest breaks:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Wage-and-Hour, Employment Law, misclassification

Download Your Free California Wage and Hour Guide

Posted by Allison Baker

August 3, 2016

When we asked the attendees of our Top 10 Wage & Hour Risks in California webinar which wage and hour issue they were most concerned about, most of them named employee misclassification issues as their top concern.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Wage-and-Hour, Employment Law, misclassification

FCPA Enforcement: LAN Airlines Pays $22 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

Posted by Allison Baker

July 28, 2016


Earlier this week, LATAM / LAN airlines, a Chilean company, paid the U.S. government $22 million in an FCPA enforcement action related to an Argentine labor dispute.

The FCPA enforcement action against LATAM / LAN airlines was an extension of the February 2016 enforcement action against current LATAM CEO Ignacio Plaza.

The enforcement action is interesting for a few reasons:

  • The initial violation occurred 10 years ago on foreign soil.

  • There were no actual anti-bribery charges. Rather, the charges were for violations of the FCPA's books and records and internal controls provisions - provisions applicable to the Chilean company because it has shares traded on a U.S. exchange.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

Ethics in Business: Stakeholder vs Shareholder

Posted by Sally March

July 26, 2016


The following post was written by our Expert contributor, Sally March and was originally published in the August 2016 issue of Compliance and Ethics Professional (an SCCE publication).

Milton Friedman, a Nobel prize-winning economist, wrote that there is only one social responsibility of a business—to increase profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game.

I was reminded of this recently when a major UK retailer went into administration, leaving a deficit in the employee pension fund of £571 million. The company had recently been sold for £1, but the previous CEO had run the business for 15 years, during which time he paid £580 million in dividends and rents to his shareholders (primarily his wife in Monaco).

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Topics: HR Compliance, Business Compliance

When Culture Became LinkedIn's Competitive Advantage

Posted by Steve Cadigan

July 14, 2016

This blog post was originally published on Inc. and also appeared on Steve Cadigan's LinkedIn page.

One of the many ironies of my adventure working at LinkedIn from 2009-2012 was that our biggest challenge and our main product were one and the same: Recruiting.

During this time we added over 3,000 employees to the organization off of a base of around 400 and we also built hiring solutions that massively changed the recruiting industry.

Looking back, this was an amazing achievement to have realized in such a short time and while ultimately we met our goal of building a world class team and a world class company, when I first joined the organization, this outcome was far from certain.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, Company Culture

Stop Workplace Harassment In Its Tracks With This Free Tool

Posted by Allison Baker

July 12, 2016

What we know from years of answering employee questions is that many employees aren’t clear about what constitutes illegal harassment and discrimination.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, workplace harassment