As the New Year begins, we all tend to make resolutions to better ourselves on a personal level. The same can be done for your business. Not only is the beginning of the year a great time to make sure you have the best New Jersey Employment Practices Liability program, it is the best time to evaluate how you manage relationships with your employees and resolve to make adjustments as needed. Here are some simple ways to set your business New Years resolutions.
- Find your employee handbook that may be in the back of a filing cabinet or forgotten on a shelf and take a good look at it. Review the policies within and compare with your current practices. Are your policies compliant with the law? This is the time to decide if your employee handbook needs to be updated to accurately capture your managing style.
- Review any issues that may have come up during the last year. Really ask yourself what the root causes of the issues were. Determine if they could have been prevented. If you figure out that there were significant issues that could have been prevented, this is the time to decide how to address them whether it is with training, discipline or policy changes.
- One of the most important things you need to determine is if your employee practices are compliant with the law. Laws are constantly changing and you don’t want to end up in a situation where you can be fined due to outdated information. Get together with an employment law specialist to review the current employment practices laws. Make sure you have all of the correct required postings regarding the rights of your employees.
- Review education opportunities you have provided for your employees. Figure out if they have been informed of what to do in the event they witness of even experience harassment or discrimination. Make sure that those that need special accommodation for medical or religious reasons know the procedures required to get it.
- Figure out if the current job descriptions accurately describe what your employees actually do. Are your employees aware of their performance, good or bad? Are your managers properly evaluating employees? Determine the best way to communicate your expectations to your managers and employees.
At Vreeland Insurance Inc., we understand the importance of being up to date with employment practices. Call us today at 877.755.3767 for information on our New Jersey Employment Practices Liability Plans.