The old HR rules for preventing and confronting harassment charges have changed. If you are still relying on 20-year-old prevention, training and complaint policies, you could be in a world of trouble.
Converting to a digital handbook will cut costs, make updating easier and – most importantly – erase many of the legal dangers associated with paper handbooks. But e-handbooks involve more than just transferring written documents into a database. One wrong move can actually inject a host of new legal risks.
The legal and financial risks of mishandling employee expense reimbursements have spiked in recent years. And the IRS is in the middle of a wide-ranging audit crackdown on employment-tax issues. Would your books survive an IRS spot-check?
Your organization's odds of being targeted for an audit of your I-9 forms have skyrocketed in just the past few years. Plus, the feds have just introduced a brand-new "smart" version of the I-9 form with new requirements. And the fines for I-9 paperwork violations nearly doubled starting in August.
The IRS is in the middle of intensive line-by-line payroll audits to ensure that your withholding procedures are 100% correct. And it's not just the IRS. The U.S. Department of Labor has been on the prowl lately for employers that slip up on the confusing retirement and health benefit contribution rules. Even worse, the tax reform plan being debated now would only complicate your withholding.