Emtrain Blog

What Do You Need to Boost Employee Engagement? [Infographic]

Posted by Allison Baker

September 20, 2016

Employee engagement is a business buzzword that keeps popping up – and for good reason.

Employee engagement focuses on what's important to your employees and what makes them feel they are making a difference at your organization.

New research from The Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. and WorkplaceTrends.com shows workplace conditions that can really make a difference with employees. Here are a few key findings:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills

5 Ways to Encourage Employees to Feel Free to Be Themselves at Work

Posted by Allison Baker

September 16, 2016

Did you know that 83% of LGBT employees feel the need to downplay or hide their sexual orientation in the workplace to avoid judgment?

Sure, we all need to have boundaries with our personal and professional lives, however studies show that hiding our true selves can be crippling to our careers.

A Deloitte report revealed that 61% of all employees hide or “cover” their identities in some way. This can look different for specific diverse populations.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

6 Ways to Foster Belonging in Your Organization

Posted by Allison Baker

September 9, 2016

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Pat Wadors, senior vice president of global talent organization at LinkedIn, shared the key element lacking from most diversity and inclusion initiatives: belonging.

Despite increased diversity efforts, we’re not really seeing a lasting impact on minority representation in organizations. Wadors drew from her own experience as a female in a male dominated industry to find the missing link.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Talent Management, People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

UK-Based AstraZeneca Pays $5.5 to Settle FCPA Enforcement Action

Posted by Allison Baker

September 2, 2016

Earlier this week, the SEC announced a $5.5 million enforcement action against AstraZeneca based on the actions of its foreign subsidiaries.

The action stems from an almost decade-old issue involving the UK-based company providing various items of value to Russian and Chinese physicians via foreign subsidiaries.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

Comply with Ontario Bill 132 with Your Free Toolkit

Posted by Allison Baker

August 31, 2016

Ontario Bill 132 goes in effect on September 8, 2016. Is your organization prepared?

This new law adds to existing employer obligations in Quebec, Ontario, and other Canadian provinces, to train employees in order to prevent violence, bullying, and harassment in the workplace.

But, don't worry. Emtrain created an Ontario Bill 132 Toolkit complete with free tools that will help you comply with the new law by September 8th:

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Topics: HR Compliance, Compliance, Training, Laws & Regulations, Bill 132

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