As a certified HR Advisor, I attend and speak at many industry events. Here are some key takeaways from the Chesapeake Human Resources Association Conference:

  • Workplace Violence.
    • How would you handle it? Do you have a policy? Know the warning signs? What do you look for when interviewing job candidates? Important to note…any company can experience workplace violence.
    • Do you have a crisis plan and policies to protect your employees and your business?
    • Does your leadership team need training on how to identify and respond to signals?
    • How would your company respond to violence in the workplace?
    • Do you have an action plan?
  • Maryland Law Update.
    • Maryland frequently updates employment laws. Do you keep up with:
      • Healthy Working Families Act
      • Montgomery County’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law
      • Maryland Minimum Wage Laws
      • Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act, etc.
  • Employees, Contractors, Temps, and Interns.
    • Employee classification is a high priority for federal and state agencies who, in some cases, are working together to enforce rules.
    • State and Federal regulators are cracking down on worker classification to make sure companies aren’t dodging their financial responsibilities.
    • Do you know the difference between employees and independent contractors?
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness.
    • This session was very educational and informative for me. There are many elements of gender identity, gender expression, and factors that I wasn’t aware of.
    • Are you up to date with current laws? Do you have a written policy that encompasses language for an inclusive EEO/Nondiscriminational statement? Have you considered updating your job applications, forms and data collection to be more gender-neutral?

If you need some advice on any of these topics, our HR Advisor services can help. To learn more, contact me at kwade@payrollnetwork.com or 301-339-6005.

Best wishes,
Kyle