Top Four HR Compliance Concerns

ComplianceAs an HR Professional, what do you think about when you hear the word “compliance”?  You might think about the American Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other legislation relevant to what you do every day.

Although these are important, compliance is more than just following rules.  HR departments consider these four issues as top workplace compliance concerns:

#1: Failure to Address Potential Workplace Litigation

Without the proper training for your HR department, many of them may not be able to recognize and properly handle issues like workplace violence, harassment and discrimination.

Lack of training and failure to address issues is not an excuse for non-compliance, and may cause your business unnecessary exposure to lawsuits from employees.

#2: Not Following Current Changes in Regulations and Laws

Regulations and laws are constantly changing on federal, state, and local levels. Your HR department should always be aware of new laws and changes to regulations and how those changes impact your business.

Although you will need to consider the costs of maintaining these laws and regulations, and what policies or benefits you will need to adjust as things change, staying abreast of changes to employment laws is important for keeping your business compliant.

#3: Employee Paperwork Errors

The more employees your organization has, the more paperwork you have, thus the greater chance for errors. Information is often passed through multiple departments, which increases the chances that an error will be made.

In addition, HR departments have to verify the information on the paperwork and ensure that the paperwork is completed/handled within legal deadlines.

#4: Misclassifying Employees

Properly classifying employees can save your business from paying fines, unpaid wages and unpaid taxes. HR departments have to make sure they have properly classified employees as full-time, part-time, exempt, non-exempt, employee, and independent contractor.

Employees who are not properly classified may miss out on certain benefits such as health care and worker’s compensation, which is usually not given to certain classifications of employees.

The Orsus Group believes in helping you ensure your business is compliant.

If you need help assessing your company’s compliance, contact our team today.

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