I know human resources compliance issues aren’t the sexiest thing to talk about but, they’re a necessary part of HR. In fact, compliance is a part of any business. Even if a compliance issue decreases, we need to know details so we can stop devoting resources to it. And chances are all compliance won’t be eliminated. The sooner we realize that the goal isn’t to make compliance go away – it’s to learn the best way to manage it – the better off we will be.
All joking aside, there are some things we can do to stay on top of human resources compliance matters in our organization. Thankfully, we don’t have to cite the Federal Register to be knowledgeable about labor law.
- Find a handful of excellent resources. The Society for Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) express request service provides links and information about a wide variety of topics including state laws, seasonal topics like OSHA 300 postings, IRS Retirement Plan Limits, etc. HR service providers, like Kronos, offer resources by industry (i.e. banking, hospitality, retail, etc.) There are lots of great resources and many of them are free or low-cost.
- Attend webinars and conferences. We are so fortunate to have employment and labor law attorneys who are willing to give their time and knowledge. They write books and blog posts, speak at local association meetings and national conferences, …and they help us with reader questions here on HR Bartender. Granted, it’s not the same as paying for an hour of legal time but it helps us understand the big picture and we learn how to ask good questions.
- Know what’s pending in Congress. Even if you have no desire to contact your legislator (of which I hope you’ll change your mind), resources such as SHRM’s Advocacy Team (aka A-Team for short) let you know what government is considering and what it means for business. The SHRM Public Policy Guide is one of my go-to resources.
As HR professionals, we don’t always need to know everything off the top. We do need to know where to find it. And that ought to help anyone breathe easy.