Overview: Effectively managing employees requires many things from HR. Employee management has many areas of concern. First and foremost, it is critical to draft and implement employee handbooks as well as workplace rules and policies. This sets ground rules for employee conduct and behavior and ensures consistency and uniformity when faced with common workplace issues. With employers under constant scrutiny, it is important to maintain and enforce policies against employee discrimination and harassment and guarantee compliance with equal employment opportunity laws. Employers should also make sure that they know how to properly respond to employee request for leave and time off from work as well as evaluate employee performance and determine advancement and promotion opportunities.
Other challenges employers may be faced with when managing a workforce include monitoring employee activity while protecting the employee right to privacy, providing training to supervisors and employees at all levels, and communicating with employees regarding workplace issues, employer expectations and discipline.
Trends: Federal, state and municipal laws are expanding equal employment opportunity laws to caregivers, pregnant women, transgender workers and others. There is also a growing movement among the states to pass legislation aimed at combating workplace bullying and ensure a healthy workplace.
Further, with an increase in employee use of the internet and social media, there are two issues employers should be keenly aware of. There is a move for legislation to prevent employers from requiring that employees and applicants provide their user names and passwords to social media networks. Second, the NLRB has shown that it is willing to strike down common workplace policies regarding social media, employee communications, investigations and confidentiality claiming such policies interfere with the right of union and non-union employees to engage in protected concerted activity.
Author: Beth Zoller, JD, Legal Editor
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a final rule, effective September 9, 2015, revising its regulations regarding the procedures an individual should follow to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) card. The rule also revises certain related evidence requirements. The Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) Handbook has also been updated.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new policies on the process for resolving whistleblower complaints. The new policies are intended to create an early resolution process as part of a regional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
To assist employers in training new supervisors, XpertHR has added the New Supervisor: How to Be Effective in Your Role - Supervisor Briefing and PowerPoint presentation.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution requires all 50 states and the District of Columbia to license same-sex marriages and to recognize such marriages that are lawfully licensed and performed out of state.
This briefing for supervisors provides a training tool on how to be effective as a new supervisor.
Effective January 1, 2016, California will extend employment protections to members of the National Guard of any state who are called to military service.
This briefing for supervisors examines the law and best practices for supervisors when it comes to managing religious issues in the workplace such as avoiding religious discrimination, harassment and retaliation, reasonable accommodation of religious beliefs and practices and types of religious accommodations.
To help supervisors manage religion in the workplace, XpertHR has added a Religion in the Workplace Supervisor Briefing.
District of Columbia employers with 50 or more employees during 20 or more calendar workweeks in either the current or preceding year should consider including this model policy statement in their handbook.
Legal considerations for employers regarding managing employees through HR. Employee management tips and support for the human resources professional.