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Must Have HR Policies for 2024 (Part 2 of 3)

In 2024, an internal HR review is critical for every employer. This article (the 2nd of a 3-part series) contains a list of items that every employer should be aware of.

Remote work policy

As employers adapt to hybrid or fully remote working schedules, it is crucial for employers to establish comprehensive remote work policies and procedures.

Workplace violence policy

All employers should have a workplace violence policy, which to employees, is an essential component of health, safety and welfare. Employers should have a zero-tolerance towards workplace violence.

Drug and alcohol policy

A drug and alcohol policy is essential to any workplace safety program. It establishes the rules and expectations regarding substance use and abuse among employees. This type of policy should specify the procedures for testing, which may include random testing, post-incident testing, and reasonable suspicion testing. Consequences for violating the policy should also be clearly outlined.

Workplace injury reporting

Employers must have an established OSHA and safety work-related injury reporting process.

ADA reasonable accommodation

The Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) reasonable accommodation provision is crucial for ensuring equal employment opportunities for job applicants and employees with disabilities.

As an internal HR process, employers should define the process for initiating accommodation requests under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including the employers process for reviewing accommodation requests, approvals/denials, both for hiring and job duty considerations.

Religious accommodations 

Religious accommodations are necessary in order to ensure equal treatment for all employees in the workplace. An employer should have a written religious accommodation policy in place. If an employee requests an accommodation due to their religious beliefs or practices, an employer should have a process in place in order to evaluate an accommodation request.

Discipline policies

The process for employee discipline should involve a well-defined documentation system that outlines the various levels of disciplinary action and their corresponding duration.

Dress code policy

Companies should be clear about the applicable dress codes, whether they involve specific uniforms or general guidelines.

Leave policies

It is essential that employees understand how to request extended time off for various types of leaves, personal leave, sick leave, FMLA leave, and military leave.

Employment laws are complex, and employers should consult with a law firm that is well versed in employment law matters.

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Stuart J. Oberman is the founder and President of Oberman Law Firm. Mr. Oberman graduated from Urbana University and received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Oberman has been practicing law for over 30 years, and before going into private practice, Mr. Oberman was in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Company. <strong><a href="https://obermanlaw.com/people/stuart-j-oberman/"><span style="color: #0059b8;">Read More =></span></a></strong>