Top 10 Human Resources Issues with Maria Watkins and Dave Johnson at Chamber Education Series

 Top 10 Human Resources Issues with Maria Watkins and Dave Johnson at Chamber Education Series

“The challenges and risks facing employers today have never been greater,” said Maria Watkins during Hampton Roads Chamber Education Series. Watkins, a Human Resources Consultant with Paychex, Inc., presented the “Top 10 HR Issues,” along with Dave Johnson, who is also with Paychex, Inc.

HR departments act as an interface between staff and the business itself. In order to insure fairness, issues relating to employment should be channeled through a company’s Human Resources department.

The top 10 HR issues are as follows:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Forms I-9
  • Employee Classifications
  • Payment of Overtime Hours
  • Handbook Policies
  • Workplace Harassment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Health Care Reform
  • Employment-at-Will
  • Anti-Discrimination

Watkins outlines steps that each company should take when dealing with each issue.

  • “What is it?” Are you informed of the issue that you have been tasked to deal with?
  • Avoid the pitfalls. Legal action could arise if employers do not take precaution in handling HR issues.
  • Identify the red flags. Do you have an acknowledgment of receipt form for all employees and has your handbook been reviewed by legal counsel?
  • Reflect on your current state. Is your company only using the most up-to-date paperwork? Is there a specific point in your process where paperwork is reviewed?
  • Take action today. Remove any outdated descriptions and forms, and become familiar with your state’s laws.

“HR is supposed to be strategic,” said Dave Johnson. It is important that companies implement handbook policies in a consistent manner that will improve the quality of employees’ work experience and reflect the company’s actual practice.

Johnson cautioned one small mistake can cost your company hundreds, thousands, or millions of dollars. With today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable workplace, Watkins says, “It is crucial for you to understand the applicable employment laws and to stay up to date on the latest developments to help you keep your company in compliance and potentially avoid costly legal entanglements.”

Thank you to our Chamber Education Series Presenting Sponsor, Southern Bank; Gold Sponsor, Managing Communications; and Luncheon Sponsor, Bahama Breeze.

Join us at the next Chamber Education Series: 3 Keys to Smashing Your Sales Records in 2018 with Chad Stenzel on Wednesday, June 27 at the Hampton Roads Chamber. Click here to register.

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