When you spend your day in the world of human resources or office management, much of your role is to identify, hire and retain the people organization needs to achieve its goals. Another huge piece of your function is to assure that your organization is not “risking their business” which takes us to the numerous laws and regulations that HR Professionals must understand to avoid costly fines and harm to the organization’s reputation. Today we are going to hit some of the more significant ways that you can stay compliant.
First you need to make sure that you are familiar and up to date with all state and federal labor laws that apply to your organization. These regulations can vary by state and size of organization, so take some time to make yourself familiar with all aspects of labor law. Some examples of these are:
Secondly, make sure that your organization is conducting the recruitment process lawfully which happens well before the employee is hired. Many of the Labor Laws come into play here including EEOC, Civil Rights, etc. Federal, state, and local laws prohibit employers from asking for information that would reveal certain protected characteristics of an applicant, such as his or her race, religion, marital status, disabilities, age, gender, or ethnicity.
Here are some tips to make sure you are in compliance with your recruiting process:
By reviewing application forms and carefully planning interview questions in advance, businesses may minimize the risk of erroneously asking for prohibited information.
The third way to contribute to your organization staying compliance and lawsuit free is to create an Employee Handbook and update it regularly. The Employee Handbook is a communications tool that should clearly articulate the organization’s policies and procedures and how business should be conducted.