Increased government regulation, rapidly changing state and federal laws, and decreased employer protections are forcing companies of all sizes, in all locations, and across diverse industries to take preemptive action to minimize risk, penalties, and liability. This relentless trend mandates that companies develop a mature defense, proactive offense, and prescient strategy to maintain organizational viability.
Success is predicated on knowledge. While a company is typically focused on business knowledge, operational knowledge, and marketing knowledge, the area of employment law can easily be diverted, marginalized, or even forgotten. Knowledge in this area represents a strategic advantage for avoiding government fines, employee claims, and discrimination lawsuits.
More than simply a list of administrative policies, compliance with myriad employment laws requires a dynamic approach to remain aware of relevant laws, understand their complex interdependence, and identify a noteworthy course toward continued success. To do so, a company should know the key implications of these employment laws:
- Age Discrimination (ADEA)
- Equal Pay Act
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA)
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Benefits Extension Rights (COBRA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Older Workers’ Benefits Protection Act
- Equal Employment Opportunity (Title VII)
- National Defense Authorization Acts
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Knowledge is a strategic advantage. Don’t let a lack of knowledge lead to a costly problem that should have been addressed before it became a problem. Always have a strategic advantage.
Steve Cesare Ph.D.
has more than 25 years of Human Resources experience. Prior to joining The Harvest Group, Steve worked with Bemus Landscape, Jack in the Box, the County of San Diego, Citicorp, and NASA. Steve earned his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University, and has authored 68 human resources journal articles. As a member of The Harvest Group, Steve’s areas of expertise include: staffing, legal compliance, wage and hour issues, training, and employee safety. Read Steve's full bio.