The Shelby Report: 2019 HR Compliance Checklist

HR & Benefits News is a monthly column by Chris Cooley, co-founder of MyHRConcierge and SMB Benefits Advisors.

As we begin a new year in 2019 and approach the end of a decade, the grocery industry and the workplace in general is changing and growing at an unprecedented rate. By the year 2020, there will be five generations working side-by-side in the American workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z. Spurred on partly by this new diversity, federal, state and local laws are constantly changing and creating new obligations for independent grocers.

I’ve outlined a “2019 Human Resources Compliance Checklist” below as a high-level view of items that grocers must address in order to align their HR compliance with their business objectives.

2019 HR compliance checklist

A current employee handbook

The employee handbook is a fundamental document that defines work-related expectations, policies and procedures, and must be kept current concerning federal, state and local laws. As labor laws continue to change, it is our recommendation that employee handbooks be reviewed annually to ensure they stay compliant. In this review, some of the areas to focus on are: