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Legal Q&A: October 17, 2013

 

QUESTION

As a new CEO, I have very little formal human resources education, so how do I ensure my HR department is in compliance with current laws?

ANSWER

Mistakes can happen – knowingly or unknowingly. If you are not sure whether your HR department is in compliance with current employment laws, I recommend an HR audit be performed by an experienced employment attorney. Sometimes your EPLI carrier will offer this service at a reduced fee or at no charge because it reduces the insurance company’s liability. HR audits ensure that, among other things, personnel files are in order, I-9’s are accurate, polices are in place and being administered appropriately and required posters are hanging on the walls. Executives should participate in the audit findings and be part of the plan to implement any changes. Executives should never be afraid to question policies or practices or contact employment counsel to get feedback on how a situation should be handled.

 

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