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HR start-up Zenefits bans alcohol, sex in the stairwell: Report

David Sacks
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David Sacks

Zenefits' new leadership is cracking down on its "frat-house feel," banning alcohol in the office after some crude behavior, according to The Wall Street Journal.

CEO David Sacks issued the policy change last week, he announced via Twitter. It's a move toward "a new set of corporate values and culture" at the human resources-focused software firm, a Zenefits spokesman confirmed to CNBC.

Zenefits declined to comment to CNBC on the specifics of the Journal report, but reiterated Sacks' tweets that the company is turning the page to focus on compliance and integrity.

It's just the latest change for a company that has been scrutinized for compliance issues ranging from paid time off policies to compliance with licensing laws. In the past, security guards had found "inappropriate" materials like "cigarettes, plastic cups filled with beer and several used condoms" in the company's stairwell, according to an internal email reviewed by the Journal.

Co-founder Parker Conrad resigned as CEO earlier this month.

Zenefits' business has been the object of praise in Silicon Valley, and was recently nominated in the fastest rising start-up category at the ninth annual Crunchies Awards in San Francisco, CNBC reported this month.

For more on the changes at Zenefits, see the Journal article here.