Emtrain Blog

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

5 Essential Steps to Take When Planning Your Reduction in Force (RIF)

Posted by Steve Cadigan

December 20, 2016

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.

To implement a RIF as quickly and humanely as possible, spend some time planning out how you will address all the relevant issues. Here are 5 essential things to consider when planning your RIF:

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

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

After Hours Conduct Checklist for Supervisors and Employees [Free Download]

Posted by Allison Baker

November 21, 2016

 

The holidays are upon us, which means your employees may be interacting outside their regular work environment more than usual.

Office parties and holiday celebrations are a wonderful way to express gratitude and appreciation to co-workers and supervisors, but you'll want to make sure to set guidelines for appropriate workplace behavior.

It's important to remind your supervisors and employees that what might be appropriate behavior at a party they might throw themselves may not be appropriate at a work event. 

This checklist is available to our learners on our new Preventing Workplace Harassment course, but we thought it might be a great resource to distribute to your workforce right before the holidays.

Download your free After Hours Conduct Checklist 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, Laws & Regulations

NEW! Preventing Workplace Harassment Course Update

Posted by Allison Baker

November 17, 2016

Creating a respectful workplace is more important for employers now than ever. Employers have a greater responsibility to take steps to prevent harassment and many are failing to create effective prevention plans.

In fact, the EEOC task force reported in June that corporate harassment training has generally not changed workforce behavior due to the “check-the-box” nature of most programs.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Preventing Harassment, workplace harassment, workplace culture

Webinar Q&A: Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes

Posted by Allison Baker

November 14, 2016

During our recent Top 10 Workplace Investigation Mistakes webinar, we gave attendees the opportunity to pick the brain of employment attorney and the pricipal author of the new AB 1825 regulations, Patti Perez.

Check out Patti's 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, ab 1825, workplace investigations

Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part 3

Posted by Patti Perez

November 7, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


In part one and part two of this three-part series, we discussed two of the most common traps employers fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving workplace conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations and creating situations that may give rise to the perception of unfairness in the workplace.

The final segment will explain how focusing on legal compliance may—oddly enough—turn workplace conflicts into crises and how to lay out a plan for addressing workplace conflicts quickly and effectively.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations

Mistakes that Ruin Workplace Culture: Part 2

Posted by Patti Perez

November 3, 2016

This article was drafted by the attorneys of Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm representing management, and is reprinted with permission. This information should not be relied upon as legal advice.


In part one of this three-part series, we discussed a trap companies often fall into when it comes to avoiding and resolving conflict: failing to anticipate and plan for high-risk situations.

Part two covers situations that may give rise to the perception of unfairness in the workplace, which is another common trigger for conflicts and crises.

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Topics: HR Compliance, Employment Law, Harassment Investigations