Why Human Resource Management Is More Important Than Ever

With labor laws in constant flux, the human resources administration is

of the utmost importance for businesses across the country. The hiring

process is no longer just about filling a position,

but filling the position with the right candidate the first time.

Here is a look at a couple of labor laws that every business should be

aware of, mistakes to avoid during the hiring process, and new

techniques that should act as HR solutions to your hiring woes. 

New Labor Laws That Could Affect Your Hiring Decisions

One of the hot topics in 2016 is the impact the Affordable Healthcare Act, or Obamacare, can have on hiring decisions or staff levels and payroll expenses. With more employees qualifying for healthcare benefits through the company, businesses are increasing the usage of contract or temporary employees. The ability to avoid healthcare coverage costs for workers, especially for seasonal peaks or high volume periods that might not be sustained, can be a very attractive financial decision to reduce overhead costs. 

Overtime has also taken center stage for employers as the Fair Labor Standard Act will go into effect on December 1, 2016. The new overtime rules make the payment of overtime more common, and the U.S. Labor Department projects that four million employees in the United States could be impacted by the new regulations. 

How Bad Hiring Decisions Can Hurt Your Business

The cost of hiring an employee who does not remain with the company long-term is very expensive. Costs include training, efficiency decreases, the cost of hiring a replacement, and even potential litigation expenses.

New Trends to Avoid Hiring Mistakes

A popular trend in personnel management is the practice of temp-to-hire. This essentially amounts to a long-term working interview, usually 90 days. This new approach is catching on quickly, especially in light of the latest labor laws designed to protect employees. This allows a company to observe the potential employee in the actual position that an individual will fill before making a final hiring decision.

In the never-ending search for payroll solutions and human resource alternatives, it’s important to solidify your business’ strategy as the end of the year comes into focus. With more laws designed to protect employees on the horizon, finding a happy medium will not only keep your employees satisfied but will also ensure your business’ productivity and bottom line don’t take a serious hit. 

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