Policies are the backbone of every organization. Even start-up companies that don’t yet have formal policies follow long-standing, commonly accepted “rules” of individual and corporate behavior — implicit policies (e.g., the “Golden Rule”) that guide them. Yet, everyone has had to deal sooner or later with policies that are so poorly written that they’re without meaning and validity. What makes a policy unenforceable? Continue reading What Makes a Policy Unenforceable?
Writing procedures is an exercise in controlling compliance costs. You’re trying to comply with customer expectations, management objectives, government regulations, and/or industry standards, making compliance expensive. Regardless of the reason for compliance, wouldn’t you want to write as few procedures as possible if you could still conform to the compliance mandate and keep your compliance costs to a minimum? How can cost of compliance be reduced?
It’s a good practice to get a W-9 form whenever you engage an independent contractor. When you request a W-9 form, you are indicating to freelancers that you plan to keep your business dealings formal. What is a W9 Form and Why would a business request one? Continue reading What is a W-9 Form and Why would a business request one?
Ensuring continuing compliance with industry and regulatory requirements may be a challenging undertaking, especially in a fast-changing environment. The rapid evolution of the IT landscape, including the cloud, has exponentially increased the number of organizational touchpoints that are subject to compliance. How cloud computing helps improve compliance. Continue reading How Cloud Computing Helps Improve Compliance
The Document Compliance Manager must manage all policies, procedures, work instructions, job aids, and compliance records to assure conformance with various standards and regulations. What are document compliance manager responsibilities? Continue reading What are Document Compliance Manager Responsibilities?
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates youth employment. It covers employment aspects like wages, work hours, and the type of work minors can do. Therefore, as an employer, you should be familiar with federal and state employment law compliance regarding hiring minors to ensure you fulfill your obligations as an employer. Read on to find out what employers need to consider when hiring minors to ensure compliance with the law. Continue reading What Employers Need to Consider When Hiring Minors
Lean ISO 9001? To many of you this will seem like a contradiction in terms. The term Lean and ISO 9001 are not generally used together, but why not? Does a Quality Management System (QMS) have to be complicated and cumbersome? Do Lean and ISO 9001 Go Together? Continue reading Do Lean and ISO 9001 Go Together?
It probably seems like every time you talk about easier compliance, everyone runs away and hides, they ignore you, or they fuss and moan. So why is easier compliance important? It is a fact of business life. Your company must comply with: Continue reading Make Compliance Easier
Corporate financial scandals have highlighted the importance of business ethics and legal compliance. Yet, a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) survey of 280 corporate CEOs and directors found that “only one of three directors felt that they were highly effective in ensuring legal compliance“. Do you know how important a business ethics program is? Better yet, do you know how to build one? Continue reading How to Build a Business Ethics Program
Writing Job Descriptions That Provide Reasonable Accommodation
- Start with an analysis of the job that determines the essential functions.
- Identify how a disability may affect the essential functions of the job.
- Identify possible accommodations needed to overcome any limitations.
- Determine the effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed accommodation.
- Select the appropriate accommodation that satisfies the employee’s preference.