Payday loans

February 6, 2012

What Can we Expect for HR Happenings in 2012?

Filed under: General HR Buzz10:10 am

As we reflect on the human resource happenings in 2011, the next obvious question is “What Can we Expect for 2012?”  In this case, I believe it is a fair assumption that we can expect to see more of the same in 2012.

DISCRIMINATION/RETALIATION CLAIMS AGAINST EMPLOYERS CONTINUE

Continuation in the trend claims filed against employers in the area of discrimination and retaliation are expected to continue.  Private plaintiffs’ bar and government enforcement agencies seem to be on a fast track and most likely will continue in this direction during 2012.

INCREASE IN FOCUS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS – REVIEW YOUR POLICIES

The occurrence at Penn State should serve as a wake-up call to every employer to review their sexual harassment policy.  Ensure that it contains instructions on how to report claims of sexual harassment and mandates that every employee report any suspected sexual harassment.  Additionally, HR should make sure all managers are trained about what to do if they receive a report or otherwise learn about sexual harassment. 

SOCIAL MEDIA WILL CONTINUE TO BE A HEADACHE FOR EMPLOYERS

Employee use of social media will continue to be a hot button for 2012.  Human Resources should resolve to formulate a strategy and policy for dealing with employees’ use of social media. 

ADA AMENDMENTS ACT

Since the definition of covered individual with a disability has been expanded, employers need to take a look at who might be entitled to reasonable accommodations.  As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been aggressive in its enforcement activities related to the ADAAA, employers should review their policy manuals and employee handbooks to ensure they contain a prominent “reasonable accommodation” policy. 

CLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES

Not only should employers review the classification of independent contractors, but an audit of exempt of nonexempt classifications should be completed with reclassification of employees completed if necessary. 

Another final update for human resources – based on the items above, it appears there will continue to be plenty of employment opportunities for human resources professionals. 

 

Share

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.