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By Andrew Hinchliff

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It’s hard to believe 2018 is here. The past year presented many challenges in managing HR compliance, a trend that looks to continue.

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What HR compliance issues will you face in the next 12 months? There are many issues facing employers both large and small all across America, but these four are some of the most pressing ones.

1. Recruiting

Finding the right people has always been a major challenge for your HR department. In recent years, the market has become much more candidate-driven, meaning employers have an uphill trek when it comes to attracting the best people.

Recruiting and hiring also pose HR compliance challenges. As both federal and state legislation continue to shift, employers have to change the way they go about hiring top talent for their teams.

Some examples of recent legislation changes include bans on salary histories. As legislation continues to evolve, you can bet HR compliance will continue to be a major challenge. Keep an eye on your compliance by automating the process and think about updating your hiring practices and policies to stay ahead of the game.

2. Workforce Planning

Who do you need, when do you need them, and how should you hire them? Workforce planning has become something of a science, although talent and skill remain the core of managing the workforce effectively. New technologies, increasing diversity, the rise of the gig economy, and increasing globalization have all had a major effect on HR departments as they plan to hire, develop, and retain employees.

How is this an HR compliance issue? Workforce planning must comply with federal and state legislation around the hiring and letting go of employees. If you plan to hire temporary or contract workers for a busy season, make sure you’re doing it correctly and following the letter of the law.

Anti-discrimination, equality legislation, workplace diversity efforts, and legislation surrounding the hiring of foreign and immigrant workers also remain key components of HR compliance. As you plan your workforce, think about the kinds of issues you’re likely to encounter. It will help you keep a better eye on your compliance.

3. Technology and Security

Another area of major change in recent years has been technology and cybersecurity. A few years ago, relatively few employers allowed employees to BYOD (bring your own device). Some outright banned the use of social media at work. Internet use policies were incredibly strict.

Today’s businesses need to use the internet and social media, which has led to more lenient internet use policies in the workplace. Employees may now be encouraged to BYOD. They’re certainly using social media, perhaps even as part of their jobs!

The proper use of technology in the workplace has become a major focus for HR compliance, as has security. If you don’t take proper measures to protect your information, you could put both your employees and your customers at risk. As concerns continue to mount, legislation is enacted to better protect businesses, employees, and customers.

As this field is rapidly shifting, keeping up with changes and ensuring compliance becomes more challenging. A better compliance process, including the automation of some procedures, can simplify things for your business.

4. Benefits and the ACA

The Affordable Care Act has made major changes to workplace health insurance and benefits packages. Even though the legislation’s future remains an open question, for now, employers must comply with the law.

The ACA isn’t the only law in play, and other federal, state, and local laws might dictate which benefits you deliver or how you deliver them. Keep a careful eye on this area by combining your benefits administration with your HR compliance efforts.

These challenges may seem enormous, but with the right tools and a great team in your corner, you can conquer them in 2018.


Andrew Hinchliff

With over 30 years of experience, Paymedia’s Chief Operating Officer Andrew Hinchliff is a seasoned global business leader and results-driven human capital and workforce strategist who is well-versed in human capital management, workforce management, payroll outsourcing, and benefits administration. He’s passionate about strategy and innovation and is regularly sought out for assignments that create disruptions to current business models and practices. Andrew is actively involved in coaching youth football and is an avid golfer. His strong beliefs in philanthropy have him “giving back” by volunteering for a host of charitable foundations and community-based events.

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