Better Employee Management: Compliance

Better Employee Management: Eight Critical Areas for Small-Business Success


Federal and state departments of labor enforce wage and hour laws and regulations. Adherence to federal and state laws and regulations helps to show your employees that they matter, while making efforts to avoid fines and penalties.

You can help avoid costly errors by staying in compliance with applicable employment laws. The U.S. Department of Labor may enforce the payment of back wages, as well as assess civil money penalties, for failure to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal wage and hour law. In fiscal year 2008, the department fielded 23,845 complaints and collected more than $185 million in back wages, along with $9.9 million in civil money penalties.

Anti-discrimination laws - both federal and state - help to protect employees and applicants from discrimination in all aspects of employment based on a protected class, including, but not limited to, age, disability, sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. Anti-discrimination laws apply to hiring and firing, promotions and layoffs, the use of company facilities, employee benefits, and more.

Have a question about employee management? Connect with a SCORE mentor online or in your community today!


Additional employee management tools:

Payroll | Employee Communications | Benefits | Workplace Safety and Loss Prevention | Compliance | Interviewing and Hiring | Employee Motivation and Development | Employee Separation


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