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Access Your Free HR Compliance Toolkit

Posted by Allison Baker

February 21, 2017

 An effective compliance training program is both a legal and organizational priority for today’s workplace, but studies show that most compliance training isn't effective.

 Access your free HR Compliance Training Toolkit to discover how to modernize your program, use new tactics to engage learners, and reduce conflict in the workplace. In your toolkit, you'll find:

  • [Guide] Implement a Modern Approach to Your Anti-Harassment Program
  • [Template] Sample Workplace Harassment Policy
  • [Webinar] 5 New Ways to Improve Your Harassment Training in 2017
  • [Video] The Future of Harassment Prevention Programs with Patti Perez

Download your free HR Compliance Training Toolkit by filling out your information below. As always, if you have any questions, ask our experts at experts@emtrain.com!

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance

5 Ways for HR to Stay Ahead in 2017 [Infographic]

Posted by Allison Baker

February 8, 2017


This year is going to be a big one for HR. While it will be challenging to keep up with changing regulations and technology, there's a huge opportunity for HR professionals to demonstrate value to their organizations.

Check out our handy infographic based on research from Kronos for strategies to stay ahead of the curve in 2017 and continue to provide valuable insight to your leadership team. Click here to download the PDF.

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Topics: Preventing Harassment

Let's Talk About Workplace Romance!

Posted by Allison Baker

February 3, 2017

 Valentine's Day in the office -- a day full of flowers, candy, and love letters. 

It's also an ideal time to gently remind your employees to think before leaping into a workplace romance. If they're not careful, hostility and awkwardness related to romance in the workplace can lead to something more serious like a harassment or bias claim.

As this video shows, workplace romances are great... until they're not!

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Topics: HR Compliance

Workplace Romance Guidelines for Supervisors and Employees [Free Download]

Posted by Allison Baker

February 2, 2017

It's incredibly common for people to find romance at work. In fact, a recent survey showed that over half of Americans have engaged in a workplace romance.

Depending on your policy, this may not be a negative thing (after all, at least 16% of people go on to marry a co-worker), but as many HR professionals know, romance in the workplace isn't always wine and roses.

Not all workplace romances have a happy ending; particularly if the romance involves a supervisor and an employee. It's important to periodically remind your supervisors and employees about the potential risks of engaging in a workplace tryst.

This handout is available to our learners within our new Preventing Workplace Harassment course. We thought it might be a great resource to distribute to your workforce as Valentine's Day fast approaches.

Download your free Workplace Romance Guidelines for Supervisors and Employees by filling out your information below. As always, if you have any questions, ask our experts at experts@emtrain.com!

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, romance in the workplace

Do These 5 Things to Create a Respectful Workplace [Guide]

Posted by Allison Baker

January 26, 2017


Cultivating a respectful workplace supports diversity and inclusion efforts, reduces legal claims, and encourages a healthy workplace culture. 

In a respectful workplace, employees are happier, more productive, and have less conflict with their co-workers. 

Download this handy guide to discover how to create a respectful workplace in five steps.

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Topics: HR Compliance

Is Hiring for 'Culture Fit' Ruining Your Culture?

Posted by Allison Baker

January 24, 2017

Whether you're a CEO or an HR leader, you know how important having a positive workplace culture is. But what if your hiring practices are actually hindering your culture instead of cultivating it?

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

Top Questions Employees Asked HR in 2016

Posted by Allison Baker

January 12, 2017

Our learner Q&A function is a great way for learners to receive guidance on everyday workplace issues and it also gives us visibility into trending topics in the workplace.

It's been a big year for HR, from new regulations to shiting views about gender identity and unconscious bias in the workplace.

Here are Emtrain's staff picks of top learner questions from the last year highlighting trending areas of concern for HR for 2017.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Compliance

5 Ways to Implement a Modern Approach to Harassment Training [GUIDE]

Posted by Allison Baker

December 22, 2016

Corporate training mandates have been around since 1999, but an EEOC task force report found little evidence that training lowered the number of harassment claims at all.

Download your free guide to discover five ways to implement a modern approach to harassment training to impact change and reduce claims.

This guide will help you:

  • take a data-driven approach to your harassment prevention program

  • utilize video and other multimedia to engage learners

  • create a sustainable program that won't break your budget or workload

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Preventing Harassment

GUIDE: How to Conduct a Reduction in Force (RIF) Efficiently and Humanely

Posted by Allison Baker

December 13, 2016

Rightsizing, streamlining, downsizing, or optimizing… whatever you call it, reductions in force (RIFs) are difficult for everyone involved.

While every business would prefer to avoid the trauma of a RIF, unfortunately it’s an inevitable cycle that hits every organization at some point.

A critical element when facing the prospect of a RIF is planning and preparing extensively. If you can conduct the transition as respectfully and efficiently as possible, you will be able to minimize the negative effects on your culture, mitigate exposure to claims, and move the organization through this difficult change quickly.

This guide for implementing a RIF, written by talent and culture expert Steve Cadigan, will help you balance business needs, legal requirements, and humanity during this difficult process.

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Topics: HR, HR Compliance, Talent Management

The DOL's overtime rule is on hold – what do we do now?

Posted by Allison Baker

November 30, 2016

A week before the DOL’s new overtime rule would have been effective, a judge placed a nationwide hold on the law.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Wage-and-Hour