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HR Directors – What’s On Your Holiday Wish List?

At this time of year, everyone makes lists. Gift wish lists and New Years’ resolutions are pretty common. But what about HR directors—what’s on your holiday wish list? From a people management perspective, you might want to have front-line supervisors that are given sufficient time to actually manage the people they’re in charge of. You might want better communication and integration between long-term business goals and the pressure to cut workforce-related costs. From a legal perspective, you might want better guidance from regulatory agencies, or perhaps even more tools from the government to help you understand the rules and how to apply them to your workforce.

Given the consequences that compliance issues can have, and the myriad ways that compliance problems can arise, your wish list for how those within your company help themselves by helping you might be lengthy. To help you sleep better over the holidays and keep your company out of trouble, we think your wish list might look something like this:

  • Employees who wear their protective equipment without being told;
  • Managers who check with HR before engaging independent contractors;
  • Supervisors who follow procedures when documenting disciplinary actions and have sufficient documentation when they turn problem employees over to HR;
  • Supervisors who immediately report complaints to HR instead of trying to handle themselves (especially when they haven’t been trained on compliance and have been told to make sure to go to HR immediately);
  • Sales and business people who let HR know when they sign contracts with the federal government or a federal contractor so they can begin to deal with all the additional HR obligations that apply to federal contractors;
  • An employment lawyer who actually understands the real world.

Of course, no HR director will have all of his or her wishes granted this holiday season. But maybe we can help with some of these. After all, helping you “Manage the Modern Workplace” is what we are all about. Happy holidays from your V&E Labor & Employment Blog Team. Look forward to seeing you again in the New Year!

This information is provided by Vinson & Elkins LLP for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal advice.