We’ve compiled some of the hot HR topics of 2016, no doubt some of these will make the spotlight, but as an HR professional, it’s important that you are aware and prepared to handle these challenges.
- At a federal level, same-sex marriages are afforded the same rights as opposite-sex couples. The Supreme Court ruling impacts people in all states. Be sure your policies across different locations/divisions are in compliance. As a CA based employer we are very much ahead of the curve.
- Paid Sick leave is normal for most companies, but is your contingent workforce in compliance? As the landscape changes make sure your agencies and partners are in full compliance.
- Co-employment has always been a hot topic, but with a wealth of new rulings and the ACA definitions/mandates, you are no longer protected by using an agency. The best protection is to make sure your agencies and partners are in compliance.
- Privacy and the wearable workforce. New technologies such as google glasses, VR headsets, and body area network ware pose new challenges to harassment, privacy and network intrusion. Be sure to implement specific and rights protecting policies around these new technologies.
- The home-based workforce is rapidly growing as a great cost and space effective resource to augment your workforce. Whether you do it directly or through a partner, make sure you have a good “home workers guide” that explains expectations, safety and other unique challenges to the home based workers. Just because it’s their home, doesn’t mean you are released from liability.
- Specific is the new general. More and more cases are moving in favor of employees because of the lack of clarity in employer documents and handbooks. Be specific and cover all known areas where a violation may occur and where you ARE NOT infringing on an employee’s rights. As new areas of concern come up, revise the policy and redistribution to employees.
- The hourly worker has power! Lately the WhiteHouse has been a strong advocate of the traditional hourly worker. New rights, benefits and wage restrictions are providing more benefit. Make sure you are up to speed. One client in CA recently discovered their hourly timecard didn’t include meal breaks.
- Last but not least is 1099 misclassification. Just don’t do it.
Happy New Year