Compliance Articles

Consider an HR Audit to Avoid Becoming a 2013 Statistic

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
February 22, 2013
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Used optimally, a human resource audit provides senior management with an analysis of how well the company is complying with government regulations and specifically identifies gaps in compliance. An audit uncovers exposures and defines an action plan for addressing them.

Used optimally, a human resource audit provides senior management with an analysis of how well the company is complying with government regulations and specifically identifies gaps in compliance. An audit uncovers exposures and defines an action plan for addressing them.

Here is a short list of 2013 “hot topics” that should be part of any HR audit:

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Take complaints seriously, follow protocol for internal investigations

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
April 2, 2010
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What is an employer’s first line of defense against a harassment or discrimination lawsuit? Employers can begin by protecting employees with a zero tolerance rule that is backed up with formal policies and complaint procedures. 

Employers also must be willing to conduct prompt, impartial and well-documented investigations when necessary and be prepared to take appropriate, corrective action when required.

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Now is the time to create, or update, employee handbook

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
December 25, 2009
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There was a time when employee handbooks, with their drab green covers and stale, often outdated policies, were considered necessary but not particularly vital to a company's well-being. That view is shifting rapidly today as advances in technology change how we work and communicate, both on and off the job.

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Blogs: What you don't know really can hurt you

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
December 28, 2006
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Do you know how to protect your business from being damaged by something that appears on the blog of an employee or ex-employee? And, should you find something that you fear will harm your company’s interests, would you know what to do? As twentysomethings move into the workplace in droves, bringing their tech savvy, employers are being forced to take a crash course in new technology applications and the “social media” revolution.

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Crisis-preparedness plans reduce risks, keep businesses functioning

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
February 24, 2006
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Were a disaster to strike your company tonight, how well prepared are you to respond? If your primary place of business were severely damaged, could your organization function at another site?

While most companies carry business insurance, use non-compete agreements to protect trade secrets and rely on backup IT systems, many are not fully prepared to survive and recover from a long list of potential catastrophes. The American Red Cross reports that some 40 percent of small organizations do not reopen after a major disaster. Yet developing an effective crisis-preparedness plan needn't be daunting or expensive.

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Are you up to date on HR compliance issues?

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
July 22, 2005
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Managing the human resources function at a small company involves many technical complexities and exposures. As the legal landscape shifts continually, the risks of being caught out of compliance remain a serious threat. To help small-business leaders gauge their knowledge of relevant rules, and to assist them in identifying where knowledge gaps exist, HR Works offers the following quiz.

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Employee handbooks for small firms

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
February 20, 2004
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For many entrepreneurs and owners of very small businesses, the decision to take on employees represents an exciting step. While a firm that employs only the owner and his or her family members may get along without formal human resource policies, that status changes when others are hired.

At what point in its growth should a very small firm create an employee handbook containing written company policies? And what types of policies should a small-business handbook address?

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Personal Liability: The HR professional's occupational hazard

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
December 19, 2003
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According to the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) now handles more than 80,000 employment practices grievances per year. Allegations may include sexual harassment; wrongful termination; wrongful discipline; wrongful failure to employ or promote; retaliation; or discrimination. Total monetary awards to plaintiffs have reached a quarter of a billion dollars annually, Chubb notes.

And that’s only the federal EEOC. State and local human rights agencies and courts also report a steady increase in employment-related grievances.

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Conducting an effective human resource audit

Published in the Rochester Business Journal
October 3, 2003
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How can an organization avoid the time, expense and embarrassment of a DOL investigation? The best solution: Conduct an audit of your own HR Department and make sure your pay practices and other policies comply with ever changing state and federal regulations.

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