Risky Business

When is the last time you reviewed your employee handbook? If you reviewed it, did you consider any recent state and federal developments that impact employment policies? Often, small business owners take a long moment before answering these questions. It is so easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day of running a business, that you overlook important matters like this- until something happens. THIS is risky business!!

In 2016, there were a number of developments that impact workplace procedures. These include decisions that impact social media policies, reporting of violations, background checks, minimum wage laws, drug testing, weapons policies and more! And while we saw a flurry of change in 2016, it is likely that we may see even more with the new Administration. Being caught out of compliance can be at the very least costly and at worst, devastating to your business. You cannot simply claim ignorance of the law to avoid liability. We have often stressed the importance of taking employment matters very seriously- whether you have 2 or 200 employees! If you fail to plan in this regard, you are planning to fail!

Make sure your HR designee is keeping in touch with trade groups or associations. Sign up to receive alerts when new regulations are adopted. This will prompt a look at the handbook! The next step after that is to forward to your legal counsel to ensure compliance. Make the investment on the front end to avoid more problems on the back end. Why risk it? Contact C&G to assist you today!

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