Staying in compliance with human resources requirements is one of the more onerous aspects of running a business in our day and age. The current HR landscape is full of complex and rapidly changing requirements for all aspects of employer-employee relations. In our increasingly litigious society, you need a great legal team on your side to steer you through all the aspects of HR compliance.
What Is Involved in Human Resources Compliance?
Broadly speaking, human resources compliance is akin to your workplace playbook. It covers all the laws and regulations around employment, work safety, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace.
MNK Law will assist your business to craft clearly defined policies and procedures around every aspect of your employment and labor practices. We will also assist you in making sure that all your employees are made aware of your policies and that they receive thorough training in those policies, especially when there are any changes.
Why Does Your Business Need Legal Counsel in the Area of HR Compliance?
Federal, state, and local employment laws are changing at an astounding pace. Court decisions impact issues like employment laws, regulations around harassment, and workplace protections on a regular basis. There is also ongoing legislative pressure to create new and ever-tougher employment laws. The result is that, not surprisingly, the law is changing constantly both in its letter and its application.
Furthermore, plaintiff attorneys are incentivized to sue employers, since most of the relevant laws provide that employers will be required to pay their employees’ legal fees upon prevailing in a case, no matter how modest an outcome is achieved.
Employment law in California has become a minefield, and it is extremely difficult to navigate this area without the assistance of experienced and dedicated legal counsel. Your business, and your HR department, need the support of attorneys experienced in carrying out risk mitigation through compliance as well as through practical strategies to diffuse any potentially contentious office matters.
As a business owner, you need to be able to focus your energy on what you do best: running your business and ensuring its growth. Working with legal counsel will give you the time and mental energy you need to manage your company effectively, secure in the knowledge that your business is up to date on all its legal obligations.
What Does HR Compliance Entail?
Human resources compliance is a broad category. Our team has experts who work on every aspect of HR compliance. The category includes, but is not limited to:
- Employee contracts
- Onboarding and termination guidance
- Supervisor training
- Interactive process and accommodation guidance
- Internal investigations, drafting investigation plans and confidential findings reports
- Recruiting policies and procedures
- Anti-harassment and anti-retaliation policies
- Job description drafting
How Will Legal Counsel Work on Your HR Compliance Issues?
Your legal counsel will work closely with you to draft a set of policies that comply with legal requirements and, of course, your personal business goals. Your attorneys will oversee all your employee contracts, handbooks, training, and guidance procedures to ensure they are aligned with the law and your personal set of values. We will also conduct neutral third-party investigations as they pertain to any complaints filed by employees.
Essentially, our legal team will partner with you and mitigate risk, ensure you remain in compliance with the law, and foster an environment for your employees to grow and flourish. You will be best served by a legal team that understands the ins and outs of your business, as well as your overarching goals and priorities. You also need a resource that is readily available to answer day-to-day questions and provide guidance when implementing company initiatives.
At MNK Law, we bring all these qualities to the table. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today.