Employee handbooks are important tools for establishing employee expectations, addressing workplace issues and defending against potential lawsuits. Employment laws are often complicated, and new regulatory developments may impact these policies. Here are three employment policies employers should consider reviewing in 2023.
1. Pay Transparency
Pay transparency is the practice of an employer openly communicating pay-related information to prospective and current employees through established methods. With demands for pay transparency increasing, more states and localities have passed legislation in recent years. More employers are considering these policies to meet employee desires, even if they are in jurisdictions that do not require pay transparency.
2. Paid Leave
Paid leave laws ensure workers continue receiving a portion of their wages when they’re unable to work under certain circumstances. In 2022, many states and localities enacted paid leave laws. This year, several previously enacted leave laws became effective in various states and cities throughout the United States; many other states have recently proposed paid leave legislation. As such, employers should ensure their leave policies are current and comply with local laws. An employer’s leave policies can also clearly communicate eligibility to employees.
3. Remote and Hybrid Work Arrangements
Employers continue to allow employees to take advantage of flexible work arrangements, but many have not updated their employment policies to adequately address these arrangements. These policies can set clear expectations surrounding employee work hours, communication, productivity, technology usage and more.
Employers can take steps to ensure their employment policies are current and reflect the most recent regulatory developments. Reach out today for additional resources.
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