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business people standingA job in HR can be very rewarding, but as employees’ point of reference for various pieces of information, it’s important that you stay on top of rules and regulations that guide businesses into compliance. Need to brush up on your stuff so you can support your staff to the fullest? Here are five of those rules.

1. Understanding Policies

Businesses develop policies to ensure that employees adhere to professional conduct. HR personnel should have a thorough understanding of these policies, especially policies that are regulated by the industry or government. When employees come to you with questions, you should have the answer or know where to find it.

2. Keeping Information Locked Up

When starting a new job, employees must deliver very sensitive information to HR, such as their social security and driver’s license numbers. It is absolutely essential that this information remains safely locked up to protect your employees.

3. Maintaining Compliant Healthcare

With the new regulations of the Affordable Care Act, all businesses must ensure that their healthcare offerings are complaint with the law. This pertains to both employer-sponsored healthcare and premium reimbursement for personal healthcare.

4. Asking the Right Questions

Interviews with job applicants are a time for asking many questions, but there are certain questions that businesses are not allowed to ask about. These include questions involving race/ethnicity, religion, marital status and age, among others. Be sure you are familiar so you don’t unintentionally infringe on applicants’ rights.

5. Hiring Legal Employees

Before hiring new employees, you must verify that they’re legally eligible to work in this country. Hiring people who reside here illegally is against the law. You can verify an applicant’s eligibility by filling out an I-9 form provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Learn more about running an effective business. Call Auto Insurers of Virginia at (804) 379-2697 for more information on Midlothian employee benefits.

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