Guest Column | September 4, 2014

When It Comes To HR, You Don't Know What You Don't Know

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By Robyn Porter, Human Resources Manager & Consultant, HTG Peer Groups

Robyn Porter, Human Resources Manager, The Heartland Companies

Most small businesses out there are “building the engine while flying the plane” with regard to their operations, and human resources is no exception. In many cases the HR process isn’t even considered until after employees have been hired, and even then not so much. 

For some reason many owners believe they don’t have to comply with much of anything until they’ve hired 50 employees (or they get their first unemployment or Worker’s Comp claim). 

Nothing could be further from reality. If you hire even one employee, you are subject to no less than 14 federal laws, not counting state and local laws! Just when it feels like you’ve got this down, the laws change, new precedents are set and new mandates are being imposed upon your business without you even realizing it’s happening.

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