The economy is a shambles, the stock market is a roller coaster — and employers are doing everything they can to stay in business. That includes terminations, salary and wage cuts and temporary furloughs. Each of those moves carries litigation risk.
With little to lose, more and more employees are willing to stake bias claims, hoping to score a big settlement.
What employers should doHave your company’s personnel policies and practices had a checkup lately? A comprehensive audit is one of the easiest ways to spot problems.
Use the checklist in The Book of Company Policies to audit your company's policies and procedures — Get all the guidance you need in this comprehensive guide...A labor and employment audit covers all of an employer’s personnel policies and practices. Typically an employment law attorney conducts an on-site review of your personnel and payroll records, as well as your personnel policies. He or she usually interviews executives and managers concerning practices that appear to be out of compliance.
The reviewer then issues a detailed, confidential report to management discussing the status of the company’s compliance. Where necessary, he or she recommends corrective action.
The audit mirrors what an employer could expect if a government inspector walked through the door. But there’s a big difference: Results are reported only to management, which then can take corrective action before any government agency learns of the problems.
The Book of Company Policies provides model policies – carefully worded, legally sound and already tested in companies across the United States. Simply apply them to your own company’s needs – subject to legal review – to communicate your organization’s rules, standards and benefits. Get your copy now...
Conducting a do-it-yourself employment audit
If you don’t want to hire a lawyer to audit your employment policies, do it yourself. Here are some topics to review to ensure you’re in compliance:
- Employee classifications
- Job descriptions
- Interview policies
- Immigration paperwork
- Performance reviews
- Promotion policies
- Bias and harassment policies
- Pay periods
- Meal and break periods
- Disciplinary rules
- Benefits, COBRA policies
- E-mail, Internet policy
- Safety, record-keeping rules
- Termination, resignation policy
- Dress code
- Personal use of company property
- Employee privacy
Make Best-Practices Your PracticesDon't pay your attorney a fortune to research how your company should respond to recent employment law rulings. Save thousands when you start with the trusted policies collected ONLY in The Book of Company Policies.
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