Remain Compliant By Conducting Regular Process Assessments
One of the main issues many smaller organizations continue to deal with is staying up to date (and compliant) with the ever-changing human resources laws and regulations. Understanding and adhering to the strict HR laws during your hiring process is a main concern. That’s why it’s important to have at least one HR professional involved with the process from beginning to end. By doing so, your company will keep its procedures consistent and, more importantly, compliant.
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With compliance being the main concern of many small businesses, it could be a smart idea for you to conduct a comprehensive assessment of your organization and its processes. Being mindful of all of the HR law changes is vital. For example, the wage gap among gender is garnering a lot of attention today, and businesses are expected to ensure every one of their employees are being paid according to their qualifications, job performance and alignment with their co-workers. Furthermore, another important topic recently arose regarding the salary cap for employees to be eligible to receive overtime. These two examples could have a major impact on your business and should be properly prepared for.
It Starts With Recruitment
From your organization’s recruiting perspective, having an HR team that understands the latest hiring trends can open up additional opportunities for success. Also, having this team working for your organization will allow you to know exactly what candidates are looking for from employers, and you’ll discover how your business can provide them. These powerful insights can only be provided by an experienced HR team, and with them, you can expect potential candidates to start knocking down your door.
The importance of having an assessment of your business completed can’t be stressed enough. For many organizations, making these assessments a special project that occurs more than once throughout the year has shown the best results. An assessment will allow your leadership to stay up to date with current HR law changes and build an action plan of what processes need to be changed in each department.
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The assessment process is like a deep dive into your business’s processes to determine where you can improve in each area of the business. During certain parts of the assessment, you may be required to update your employee handbook. This shouldn’t be looked at as a nuisance because being specific and defining your policies and procedures as a business are what maintains overall consistency with your employees. One of the best ways to keep your new employees on the same page as the rest of your organization is to have the employee handbook signed after it’s reviewed during onboarding. Another best practice that can be expanded from an assessment is sending any new information to managers or having updated HR laws discussed in staff meetings. This way you can be certain that every one of your employees are getting the same message.
Please email Rea & Associates to learn how our HR Consulting Services can help you with your new employee onboarding processes and maintain compliance with the new HR laws. These services are customizable and based on your business’s unique needs.
by Renee West, SHRM-SCP, PHR (New Philadelphia office)
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Disclaimer: The HR Consulting services are based on the best knowledge of non-attorney specialists at Rea & Associates, Inc. Rea does not provide legal advice. You are encouraged to consult with legal counsel of your choice prior to implementing polices or procedures.