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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

Happy National Drink Beer Day, Now Give the SEC $6 Mil!

Posted by Allison Baker

September 29, 2016

Yesterday, on National Drink Beer Day, no less, the SEC filed a cease and desist order against Anheuser-Busch InBev for violating the FCPA’s books and records and internal controls provisions.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

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

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

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

Are Distributors Putting You at Risk for an FCPA Violation?

Posted by Allison Baker

June 30, 2016

 

Last week, the DOJ and SEC announced a parallel FCPA enforcement action against medical device manufacturer Analogic Corp. and BK Medical ApS (Analogic’s Danish subsidiary) in which the entities agreed to pay approximately $14.9 million.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

Why It's Important to Translate Your FCPA Compliance Training

Posted by Allison Baker

June 9, 2016

 

Two FCPA actions brought by the SEC stem, in part, from a similar issue: failure to offer FCPA compliance training in the appropriate language. In these two particular cases, the language in question is Mandarin.

The two actions are unrelated, but bring to light a very common issue in compliance. The actions against Nortek Inc. and Akamai Technologies are a reminder for organizations to offer FCPA compliance training to regions of risk in the native tongue.

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Topics: Compliance, Business Compliance, Corporate Governance, FCPA

Staff Picks: Employee Q&A

Posted by Allison Baker

May 18, 2016


Each day, learners ask us questions through our course Q&A feature. Learners can ask our workplace experts questions about workplace topics ranging from unconscious bias to performance reviews.

By the way, did I mention that our Q&A feature is included with our courses and is also compliant with California FEHA’s updated regulations? Click here for more information about how to comply with California FEHA’s new regulations that went into effect on April 1, 2016.

You can view these anonymous questions anytime on our Workplace Q&A page and, if you’re an Emtrain client, you can see all questions asked by your employees (redacted to protect employee identity), as well as our general guidance.

Here are some our favorite employee questions from the last couple of months.

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Topics: Compliance

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