On October 19, 2022, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a poster replacing its old “EEO is the Law” poster with a new “Know Your Rights” poster. The EEOC reiterates that covered employers are required by federal law to “prominently display the poster at their work sites” which serves to inform individuals of their legal rights against discrimination at work or in applying for a job.
Why is a job description so important? I always tell employers there are four reasons:
First, a job description clearly states the expectations of the position. If you have an employee that is struggling with the role, do they know the expectations of the role? If an employee is not doing everything they should be doing, have you provided them in writing what your expectations are? Particularly, the essential job functions? When I started my career out of college, my first position was with the Garden City Cooperative in Garden City, Kansas. I took on a position that was new (not a replacement). I had a fancy titled called, “Communications and Compliance Coordinator”. They gave me verbal instructions of what the role should be, but no job description. I call this baptism by fire, so I moved forward with my verbal instructions and did the best I could with the information I had. Ironically, I showed up to work after six months of being in this new role and on my desk was a job description – my job description for this new role! Guess what? I was only doing approximately 70% of what my employer wanted me to do. Now I knew my expectations!
If your business is in Kansas (and your respective employees work in Kansas), below is a link to the drunk driving laws, penalties, and consequences for driving under the influence. Good information to share at your next safety meeting.
Why am I sharing? Long story short, many clients have contacted HR Partners advising us their employees received DUI’s on their personal time. Unfortunately, even though it was on their personal time, they ended up ultimately losing their driver’s license. Losing your drivers license is not a good thing when you are “required” to drive for your current position, and many employees have lost their jobs because of not being able to fulfill this essential job function. It is worth sharing with your team that beyond fines and jail time, they could lose their career/job as well.
Stay safe and continue to enjoy your summer!
Does your leadership team need a “reboot” with human resources leadership training? Coming out of the COVID fog, it seems to be a prominent item on organization’s “to do” list. Recently, I did leadership training with Marshall County’s leaders, and it was featured in their local paper. The details are here.
Below are the most common subject matters leaders may need a “tune up” on:
Give us a call if you need assistance with any of your HR training needs. 785-233-7860.
It is time to update your employee handbook and it is a good business practice to review it annually. Here are three (3) items you should have in your employee handbook:
Employment laws require an organization to be compliant based upon the number of current employees who are on the payroll. Employment laws change when the employment numbers change. (Please see guidance link below.):
For example, below are the grids of compliance for employment laws. The more employees you have, the more employment laws you will need to comply with.
Chief Executive Officer
Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
"HR Partners has helped us with those 'I’ll get around to it' things such as an employee handbook and updating employee files. The most important benefit is they are a phone call away from peace of mind on all things HR.
It is a challenge for any employer to keep up on changes to personnel practices and requirements. The suite of services HR Partners can provide is comprehensive and affordable. The question should be, can you afford not to engage them as part of your employee relations program?"