1. Agustin Huneeus Jr., the vintner embroiled in the college admissions cheating scandal, agreed to plead guilty to charges of fraud. The head of Huneeus Vintners, which counts Quintessa in its portfolio, could receive up to 20 years in jail, but will most likely serve a 15-month sentence and pay an estimated $95,000 in penalties. — NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL
Note: This article originally appeared in Inside Wine.
2. The HR director of an Illinois school district resigned after the school board investigated multiple claims of harassment against him. James Harden resigned from his role at McLean County Unit District No. 5 after being accused of making inappropriate comments to district staff. Harden has agreed to not discuss the investigation publicly after the district agreed to pay him a total of $34,000 for the remaining salary on his contract and unused paid time off. - WEEK.COM
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4. More than 4,200 Amazon employees signed a letter asking the company to rethink its policies toward climate change. The letter is the largest employee-driven movement regarding climate change in the tech industry, The New York Times reported. Employees told Amazon that it needs to make better commitment to lower its carbon footprint across all operations and halt custom cloud-computing services that aid the oil and gas industry. In response, an Amazon spokesperson pointed to company initiatives, such as initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of shipments, and called the company's commitment to environmental issues “unwavering.” - NEW YORK TIMES
Note: This article originally appeared in a recent issue of Inside Amazon.
5. According to a Betterworks survey called Betterworks State of Continuous Performance Management Survey, having C-level leadership within HR teams tends to drive productivity. – HR DIVE
6. Is there a best way to terminate an employee? A recent article by the Wall Street Journal suggests employers should try to improve sensitivity when it comes to firing employees, to reduce the likelihood of reactive violence. – WALL STREET JOURNAL
7. French HR tech company HR Path raised $113 Million in Series C round financing this week. The funding is the largest ever received by an HR company in France. – HR TECHNOLOGIST
8. According to a survey from Standard Insurance Company, the majority of HR professionals do not have the bandwidth to research and implement emerging trends for employees. Everything from healthcare packages to accommodating remote and part-time employees falls can fall to the wayside due to being spread too thin with tasks. - HR DIVE
9. Beth Galetti is a former engineer who now heads Amazon’s busy HR department. Fast Company caught up with the woman behind the tech giant’s growth to learn about the challenges she faces and how she overcomes them on to drive success. – FAST COMPANY
10. The 2019 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report by NAVEX revealed an 18 percent increase in employee harassment complaints in 2017 and 2018. The #MeToo movement is believed to have had an impact on the reports. – HR DIVE
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