One of the most complex aspects of employee management relates to HR compliance. Compliance regulations are numerous and constantly change, making it hard for an HR department to keep its knowledge current. This is especially true if a company needs to put much of its day-to-day HR efforts into hiring.
How do Compliance Policies Affect Hiring?
Paychex describes HR compliance as “defining policies and procedures to ensure your employment and work practices demonstrate a thorough understanding of applicable laws and regulations while also being aware of the company’s larger human capital resources objectives.”
Compliance regulations, as proscribed by state and federal laws, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), OSHA, and other agencies, are intended to ensure that companies conduct their businesses ethically, maintain safe work conditions and treat their employees fairly.
HR compliance issues related to hiring include:
- Ensuring that job listings are not discriminatory.
- Keeping candidates’ resumes, applications, and other personal information confidential.
- Screening candidates and verifying their work history.
- Ensuring qualified candidates have the knowledge and skills to handle job tasks safely.
- Ensuring interview questions are appropriate and relevant.
- Appropriately conducting background checks and drug testing.
- Reporting new hires to state agencies promptly.
“Each type of risk opens up the door to legal, reputational, and financial repercussions that can impact your bottom line,” notes Aclaimant.
Moreover, a company cannot use a lack of awareness or misunderstanding of its obligations as a legal defense in a case of non-compliance.
How Staffing Agencies Help with Risk Management and Compliance
The good news is that when you contract with a staffing agency for help with hiring, you gain a partner skilled in finding quality talent and benefit from their in-depth understanding of local employment laws to support your risk management efforts. Staffing agency professionals keep current on compliance laws and regulations. That expertise is passed along as part of their overall recruitment services.
Thus, when a staffing firm manages your hiring, their compliance efforts safeguard both their business and yours.
In addition, a staffing agency possesses resources, technology, and software your company may not. This enables them to manage hiring, scheduling, payroll, training, and benefits more efficiently.
Explore the Benefits of Working with STS Staffing
Staffing Industry Analysts note that staffing agencies employed an average of 2.8 million temporary and contract workers weekly in 2022. Staffing jobs rose 2.1% yearly in the third quarter of 2022.
More and more businesses recognize the advantages of working with a staffing firm to fill open positions.
Hiring agencies have the skill and knowledge to manage the complex hiring process and comply with relevant labor laws. Contact STS Staffing to learn more about our comprehensive recruitment services.