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June 9, 2014

Pt 2: Best Practices for Preparing for 2014 HR Regulations


In the last post, we discussed how there is a myriad of new and proposed regulation that will be affecting the HR environment.  HR professionals need to review their current policies and procedures against the new regulations to make certain to be aware of any changes that may affect their industry in general and their company in particular.

In addition to reviewing, the HR strategist needs to also prepare.

Here are a list of a few of the best practices of preparation to make certain the changes are adopted smoothly and with the least disruption possible. 


- communication with your C-Suite outlining the legal implications and request a face-to-face meeting to discuss. You need to strive for everyone to be on the same page before moving forward. 

- communication with your front line supervisors and managers. Discuss the best way to communicate the changes to the staff. 

- by meeting with the HR team and outlining the changes that will be needed to update the Employee Handbook and benefits handbook, as necessary.

- for training by engaging the training department in designing training for each group of employees impacted based on changes made to your Employee Handbook. 

-to engage with the C-suite strategically, managers operationally, and staff tactically. Strong communication during this period of change is imperative.

By following these tips, you will be able to thoughtfully prepare for the changes facing HR professionals in 2014. This will put you on the road to developing strong and compliant best practices for preparing for 2014 HR regulations. 

Join us for the third and final blog of this series, where we will discuss "revising"  your best practices to ensure they fit within the new HR regulations in a compliant manner. 

Information in this blog was taken from a presentation by Cynthia Thompson, MBA, SPHR. Her website and HR Professionals Magazine can be viewed here

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