For this post, I wanted to share with you a few words from another amazing women I know, Teri L. Morrow, CEBS, RHU, REBC is a Principal with My Benefit Partners. She is here to help us wrap up 2011 and move to 2012 being successful!
Here are a few things to think on:
The new year is a great time for employers to update their employment policies. Make it your company’s New Year’s Resolution to take a look at the following three disciplines:
Resolution #1: Review Your Employee Handbook
An employee handbook should be filled with useful information such as compensation, benefits, rights, rules and procedures. Don’t assume all is well….when was the last time someone reviewed it? Many employers fall into a compliance trap because they have failed to regularly update their employee handbook to reflect changes in the law or new policies. Now is the time for a review. Don’t get caught with a handbook that lacks critical policies or holds employees to standards that no longer apply in the workplace.
Resolution #2: Protect your Employees’ Personal Information
Where does your company keep its personnel files? What information is in them? Who has access to the files? Now is the time to draft a security policy and procedure. Not only is it good sense, but in some cases, it’s the law. For example, the Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act requires employers to maintain employees’ health information in a secure area separate from other personal information. Violations of these types of laws can carry strict penalties.
Resolution #3: Update Your Workplace Employment Postings
Various posters announcing employment rights such as minimum wage, equal employment opportunity or job safety need to be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Now is the time to do a poster review. There are numerous federal employment posters required including, Fair Labor Standards Act, Workplace Safety, Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act, Military Leave, etc. Also, individual states may have their own posting requirements as well.
Need help getting the job done? Labor Attorneys and Human Resource Consultants can be great partners in helping you update your employment policies. There are also numerous online resources available. A favorite website is HR-Wizard, available through My Benefit Partners for only $49 per year.
Teri L. Morrow, CEBS, RHU, REBC is a Principal with My Benefit Partners, a full-service human resource, employee benefits and payroll consulting firm in the Tampa Bay area. www.mybenefitpartners.com or firstname.lastname@example.org