Mitigating Risk – Is your company in compliance?
In many small businesses, HR compliance is not top of mind. The focus is on sales, marketing, finance, customer service, and the products or services being provided.
However, with various state and federal laws and regulations changing and new ones being introduced all the time, it’s critical for small businesses to stay up-to-date and compliant or they risk liability.
From Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) pay practices and I-9, ensuring compliance with employment practices and laws is imperative.
When it comes to preventing litigation and liability, there are a few questions that small to mid-sized businesses must to be able to answer:
Does your company have the necessary policies and procedures in place to mitigate risk?
Are your company’s employment and management practices legally compliant?
How does your company handle performance issues, corrective action, terminations and investigations?
Are your compensation practices compliant and equitable?
Do you know the state laws for areas such as meal breaks, jury duty, and pregnancy accommodations for each state in which you have employees and are you following those?
Do you know which questions to not ask in interviews… and what you can ask instead?
Do you have the necessary employee records and are they being stored (and purged) properly?
Do you know which leave of absence laws apply to your employees and how to apply them?
Have you taken appropriate steps to prevent discrimination and harassment issues and complaints?
Bear in mind that any business with at least one employee has employment law requirements.
Once your business has 5 or 10 employees, you should have the key policies and procedures in place. If your business has more than 25 or 30 employees, it really requires HR services, at least on an outsourced basis. You don’t necessarily need an in-house HR department until your company is quite a bit larger than that, but it depends on many factors.
As a trusted HR advisor, our legal expertise differentiates us from other HR consulting firms. We are uniquely qualified to assess and ensure that your business remains in legal and regulatory compliance and has the necessary policies and procedures in place to mitigate risk.
How can we help you? View our scope of Compliance Services.
Be sure to update your company’s mandatory labor law posters, as they have changed with new updates that went into effect in January, April and June of this year.
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