Working in Human Resources means a lot of responsibilities and one small, simple misstep by HR or supervisors could cost your company a lot. So be aware of the top legal risks!
The Hiring Process
Mistakes often start at the beginning with discriminatory words in classified ads like “recent college Grad.” Also, make sure all interviewers know not to ask about the applicant’s personal characteristics.
Clarify Wage and Hour issues before On-boarding
Pay-related lawsuits have tripled in the past decade. Technology has sparked many of these lawsuits. People can perform work now from anywhere at any time. You may get stuck with a big bill for this “off the clock” work. Another big wage issue is wrongly classifying employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Training and Performance of Hiring Managers
Supervisors who are not trained properly are more likely to trigger HR troubles. They may say racist or sexist things and, because they are in a supervisory position, the entire company is on the hook. When it comes to performance reviews, companies get into the most trouble by having evaluations that are inconsistent or overly rosy.
Need more information on the hiring, interviewing, or on-boarding process for new employees? Contact Akin & Associates for a quick over the phone consultation to identify your organizations immediate Human Resources training needs.