As your organization grows, you are required to comply with more and more federal and state laws. In addition, these laws can change periodically. Last year's compliance training may not have included some the crucial updates that your HR and legal departments need to be aware of.
Employers Council can help you and your company with regulatory compliance. Our legal teams can help you identify risks and comply with evolving laws and regulations on health care, immigration, family and medical leave, affirmative action, hourly wages, overtime requirements, retirement, and other employment law challenges.
We'll help you stay up-to-date on the changes that can impact your workplace and help you think through the best ways to implement new policies.
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Risks of Noncompliance
Violations reported by employees or found during audits can result in thousands of dollars of fines and legal fees. Knowledge of these violations can lead to a high volume of employee turnover, poor online reviews on employee review websites like
Glassdoor, and can even affect the way you own and operate your business.
A monthly membership to Employers Council gives you access to a dedicated account representative, a team of HR and employment experts, and a full staff of employment law attorneys – all
at a fraction of the cost it would take to hire a single one of these professionals in-house. We keep our members up-to-date on legal changes so they can proactively avoid the repercussions of noncompliance charges, provide services to help you identify any potential gaps that could leave you exposed, and can represent you in the case that a claim is filed with a federal or state organization against you.
Affirmative Action Analysis and Planning
The Office of Federal Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces the laws and regulations. To comply with the laws the OFCCP enforces, including the laws and regulations around Affirmative Action Plans (AAP), employers who are contractors (or subcontractors) of the federal government with 50 or more employees and a single federal government contract or subcontract of at least $50,000 must prepare an annual written AAP. The OFCCP audits government contractors and subcontractors to enforce compliance, and may impose penalties on employers who do not comply or have an inadequate AAP.
Our legal compliance experts can help you prepare an AAP and assist you in the event of an OFCCP audit. If you have experience in this area or would prefer to do it yourself, a membership with Employers Council gives you access to resources that can help you prepare a plan and experts who are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Learn more about Affirmative Action Planning support from Employers Council
I-9 and Wage Hour Audits
As an employer, you required to show proper I-9 employee verification. Violations in the form of a wage and hour class action lawsuit can lead to large back wage awards and penalties. Our attorneys can review your wage and hour practices, audit your I-9 forms, advise you on any compliance risks, and suggest how to correct your practices.
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Maintaining a safe workplace may seem like an obvious way to stay out of legal trouble, but it's often a consideration that's not top of mind for employers. The majority of employers are required to provide workers' compensation coverage for employees, and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires covered employers to comply with a number of safe practices in the workplace.
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured in the course and scope of employment in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee's right to sue the employer in civil court. Each state has its own laws and programs regarding workers' compensation.
Employers Council can help guide you on this topic – from what you're required to offer and where to get insured to how to handle a claim when it's filed and after it's resolved.
Learn more about how Employers Council can help with workplace safety and Worker's Comp claims
Handbook Policy Review and Drafting
Having an employee handbook is not a federal requirement, but it can help prevent issues in the workplace and assist in the event you face a wrongful termination claim by providing clear documentation of the policies and expectations the former employee violated.
Employers Council can help you draft a handbook from scratch, provide templates to help you write your own, or review your existing handbook from a legal and compliance perspective, with both state and federal workplace laws in mind.
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Immigration and Visa Services
All employers are required by federal law to verify the authorization of their employees to work in the United States. Noncompliance can translate to harsh penalties and fines. Employers Council has a legal staff who provides immigration assistance that is comprehensive, reliable, and cost effective. We can help you understand these requirements and conduct an audit if a greater review is desired.
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Compliance and Risk Management Resources
Members of Employers Council have access to over 100 online resources to help navigate the complexities of HR and employment. These resources include:
- In-depth white papers on hundreds of employment laws, HR topics, and links to official government sources
- Resources for all the provisions of health care reform that affect employers and the group health plans they sponsor
- An Employee Handbook Planning Guide with sample language
- A comprehensive guide to legal compliance and required disclosures , so you can learn what you need to keep and for how long for every federal law relating to employment
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Legal Compliance Training
Getting new HR hires up to speed on the state and federal laws they need to be aware and keeping them up-to-date on the latest changes in employment law can be a difficult task to manage in-house. In addition, legal staff needs a place to go to network with their peers and discuss the best ways to stay compliant in the face of change. Employers Council offers legal compliance training to educate you on the laws you need to be aware of in the workplace and how to avoid charges of noncompliance.
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Robust retirement plans can help you attract top talent, but are subject to a myriad of regulations. Employers Council can help review your current policies, provide recommendations on any areas that provide risk for you, and offer recommendations on ways to mitigate those risks.
We can help with:
- Retirement Plan Compliance Reviews – operations and disclosures
- Represent Members before the IRS or DOL on requests for Compliance Agreements
- Fiduciary responsibility briefings for Plan Committees and Boards
- Preparation for DOL or IRS Plan Audits
- Consulting and drafting nonqualified, top hat plans for executives
- Updating plan documentation or SPDs
- QDRO guidance and development of policy
Learn how Employers Council can help your organization with ERISA Consulting
Various laws require businesses to display both state and federal labor law posters. Businesses with one or more employees must display the following six postings in each workplace location:
- Federal minimum wage
- Employee Polygraph Protection
A membership with Employers Council gives you access to a reoccurring poster service, so you can stop worrying about updating labor law posters off your mind and get back to what you do best.
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What do your compliance updates look like?
Here's an example of a compliance update from 2018:
How large of a problem is sexual harassment?
Should I be worried about my company holiday party?
Here are a few articles on this topic from our HR and employment experts:
What are the most common questions
Here is an article discussing some of the most common questions fielded by our HR and employment law experts by Employers Council's Information Manager and licensed Colorado, California, and Nevada attorney Benjamin Hase, Esq.