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Janine Yancey

Janine founded Emtrain to provide a user-friendly and scalable way to train many employees at once on topics such as preventing harassment, equal employment opportunity, disability discrimination, and other HR compliance issues. Janine has been an employment lawyer for more than 20 years and is certified by state and federal courts as an expert in workforce compliance training. Janine is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of Law.
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Recent Posts

5 Ways to Avoid Killing Your Startup During a Reduction in Force

Posted by Janine Yancey

March 17, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.

As a growing startup, a reduction in force (RIF) might be the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, they are a reality that most companies must at least consider at some point in their growth and it’s better to be prepared than left to chance.

Looking around at today’s business landscape, we can see that even amidst mostly positive news, there are companies like Macy’s and Kmart that must constrict in order in to survive. In this context, a RIF can actually be a painful but critical part of building a more effective organization.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

2017 Business Growth Resolutions Must Include Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted by Janine Yancey

January 20, 2017

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.

As we move into 2017, it’s natural to take stock of the world around us and measure how it will impact our lives over the next twelve months and beyond.

For business leadership, much of that evaluation revolves around how populist sentiment that is rejecting “political correctness” as bad for America, will impact business prospects and the workplace.

For women and minorities who aspire to increased presence within leadership, the evaluation could be especially worrisome as they wonder whether regulatory and enforcement changes, buoyed by populist sentiment, will undermine progress made in leveling the playing field in support of diversity and inclusion.

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Topics: diversity training, diversity, Unconscious Bias, start-ups

Trending in 2017: Managing Unconscious Bias

Posted by Janine Yancey

January 6, 2017

As you strategize your business goals in 2017 and beyond, managing unconscious bias needs to be a priority. Time and again, we've learned that cultivating diversity and inclusion in the workplace drives real business success.

Unfortunately, unconscious bias can stymy your efforts to build a better workplace. And while the government can protect minority groups from harassment and discrimination, it's the private sector that can really impact change.

Read my article on HR.com to learn why it's critical that business and HR professionals focus their efforts on promoting a level playing field to benefit our economy, businesses, and employees.

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Topics: diversity, Unconscious Bias

4 Ways to Avoid Conflict at Your Workplace Holiday Party

Posted by Janine Yancey

December 5, 2016

This post was originally published on December 8, 2015 and was updated on December 5, 2016.

Whether you love them or hate them, holiday parties are an annual event for most organizations. 

Follow these steps to make sure your employees are having a great time at your workplace holiday party, while curbing any crazy antics and conduct.

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Topics: People Skills

Brogrammers Disrupted: How Silicon Valley Could Become More Inclusive

Posted by Janine Yancey

December 2, 2016

This was originally published on Startup Grind, the global startup community.

The impact of technology on mainstream society has grown beyond measure. From the dawn of the Gig Economy to the ubiquity of smartphones, the way we live our lives has fundamentally changed over the last few years.

The accelerated pace of integrating technology into every conceivable consumer activity such as ride-sharing, finding lodging, food delivery, connecting with friends and so on presents an ironic opportunity for Silicon Valley to disrupt its own brogrammer culture and accelerate inclusion in a way that other sectors and regions simply cannot match.

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Topics: Unconscious Bias, start-ups

NEW! Managing Unconscious Bias Program

Posted by Janine Yancey

October 6, 2016

If you're having a difficult time fostering diversity and inclusion in your workplace, unconscious bias may be the cause.

What is unconscious bias? Unconscious bias is the information, beliefs, and stereotypes that affect our information processing subconsciously.

That means we are biased in ways we don't even realize! Our unconscious preferences can influence who gets hired, team dynamics, and who gets career opportunities.

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Topics: People Skills, diversity, Unconscious Bias

What We Learned From Wells Fargo About Checks and Balances

Posted by Janine Yancey

September 28, 2016

As the Wells Fargo scandal continues to unfold, it’s become clear that we need external checks and balances in place to hold publicly traded companies accountable.

Internal controls can only go so far if your executive team is negatively influencing workers from the top-down.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Business Compliance, whistleblower, retaliation

News Flash: How to Comply with the DOL's New Overtime Rule

Posted by Janine Yancey

May 19, 2016

  • Final overtime rule published 
  • Employers have until December 1st to comply 
  • Important for employers who have knowledge workers or managers who earn less than $48K per year
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Topics: HR Compliance, Wage-and-Hour, Employment Law

UC Chancellor’s Last Stand Is Yet Another Conflict of Interest

Posted by Janine Yancey

May 12, 2016

Whether right or wrong, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has been riddled with conflicts of interest: a board seat at a competing institution, using university funds to manipulate how information about Katehi and the infamous University pepper spray incident appears on the web, significant salary increases to her family members on university payroll, and more.

Most of these potential conflicts could have been easily avoided had Katehi used a simple ethics rule, which I like to call the Ricky Ricardo rule.

The Ricky Ricardo Rule: If you’re doing a lot of ’splainin’, you’re in a problematic situation.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Code of Conduct, Ethics

Strategies to Increase Leadership Diversity & Improve Your Bottom Line

Posted by Janine Yancey

May 5, 2016

Workplace diversity isn’t just nice to have – research has made it increasingly clear that a diverse workforce leads to better financial performance.

A McKinsey report found that of the 366 global companies included in the study, those with the most women in leadership positions were 15% more likely to have operating earnings above the median in their industry.

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