Issue: HR audits can help you identify weak points in your employment-law compliance.
Risk: If you don't act on the audit's recommendations (and employees find out) that mistake can kill you in court.
Action: Don't avoid HR audits; their benefits outweigh their risks. But keep audits private using the following advice.
HR legal audits can do wonders to spot leaks in your employment-law boat. Many employers conduct HR audits annually to help them spot potential problems that could trigger lawsuits or fines from government regulators.
But those same audits, which are supposed to prevent liability, can have the opposite effect if your organization doesn't plug the legal holes that the audit finds.
If current or former employees who are suing your organization learn about the audit's existence, their lawyers can request copies of the audit results during discovery proceedings.
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