We knew they were coming, and they still blow us away! We’ve all heard about the proposed changes to laws affecting employee rights and employer reporting on said employees by the Department of Labor, the Supreme Court, the Health Care Reform Act, and others. Some are still pending, others are right at our doorstep. ALL of them present a potential nightmare for employers and HR professionals.
There is a comprehensive report on all the proposed changes published by HR hero®, a division of BLR, available by clicking here. This is a must-read for all owners, employers and HR professionals, as it will affect your hiring, reporting, and record-keeping. It may also affect the way you interact with employees and contractors. I won’t go over the points so eloquently covered by the HR hero staff. What I will say is this: The need for proper planning is greater than ever before! The Department of Labor (DOL) in particular has a host of new regulations either proposed or already approved and awaiting enactment/enforcement. And they’ve requested budgetary increases that allow the hiring of more enforcement personnel. All this means they intend to go after “code breakers” with a vengeance. I’m not against the legitimate enforcement of rules. However, many employers have horror stories about receiving violations for regulations they never knew existed and, in many cases, would comply with if previously aware. That doesn’t even touch on the potential ambiguity and wide-reaching (some would say over-reaching) scope of many new regulations. What can you do to protect yourselves?
First, get as much information as you can. Download the White Paper from the link above and inform yourselves about what’s happening. Next, get help.It’s one thing if there were nowhere to turn for advice and quality consultation and training. However, you have some amazing resources available to you at either no charge or at a cost so low, it would be a crime to not take advantage of them!
The new regulations may make our heads swim with all their nuances. However, even though they may blow our minds, they don’t have to blow us out of the water.
Contact me in the office at 646-340-8087. I’ll be happy to help.