What Is Human Resources Compliance?
Essentially, HR compliance is a way of defining proper behavior within your company. HR compliance helps you understand the myriad laws as they relate to your business and develop policies that ensure these laws are followed. HR compliance must also provide an avenue of communication with your employees, as they must understand and adhere to these policies. In the event that an employee is found in violation of some policy there must be clearly defined and fairly applied consequences.
Human resources compliance is ultimately a way to protect you and your employees from unfair practices, harassment, and discrimination. When implemented from the ground up it ensures a safe and fair workplace environment for everyone.
Why Do I Need Human Resources Compliance?
Simply put, well-integrated HR compliance programs result in a better workplace for everyone. The laws governing workplace behavior are constantly changing and it's difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with them barring an organized effort. As an example, there is currently much debate over ACA regulations and how they will change going forward. Without a concerted effort to keep up you may end up following outdated laws.
Even if you mean well there are legal technicalities that can open you up to liability. Without HR compliance your business and your employees are more vulnerable to things such as:
- Discrimination lawsuits
- Sexual harassment charges
- OSHA violations
- FLSA violations, and more
These issues all fall under the umbrella of HR compliance and without an organized process to keep up with laws and rectify violations a slip up is bound to happen eventually.
How Do I Implement Human Resource Compliance?
Effective human resources compliance programs must be implemented from the ground up and need to be a daily part of your organization. It is not enough to hand out some employee handbooks and then forget about HR compliance. Typically, an effective HR compliance program will include the following:
- Keeping up with HR laws
- Creating and constantly updating your HR policy manual
- Holding regular HR training for managers and employees
- Creating an open avenue of communication with employees to discuss HR issues
- Documenting all HR policies and decisions made
A well-implemented human resources compliance program can reduce liability and save you from countless troubles in the long run. At Summerlin-Roberts we provide employers who don't want to or cannot afford to keep an in-house team assistance in developing and managing an HR compliance program. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with HR compliance.