Building a Business Case to Purchase an HRIS, Part 2
Building a Business Case, Part 2
In our last post, Building a Business Case to Purchase an HRIS (Part 1), we covered the first main reason to purchase an HRIS – elimination of costly errors.
In Part 2, we’ll be talking about Compliance.
Reduce risk by automating compliance
Compliance is a hot topic nowadays. It isn’t necessary to be willfully negligent to be confronted with serious and very expensive problems. Even the most compliance conscientious employer who meets the variant interpretations of specific regulations may encounter unexpected litigation and find their efforts fruitless. Many companies presume that they are adhering to strict regulation guidelines when in fact they’re at fault for violating a compliance specification located somewhere in the fine print.
For instance, an average of 450 employment lawsuits are filed in the U.S. each day, and 57% of companies have been named as defendants in at least one employment related lawsuit in the past five years. A simple google search of the term “employment lawsuits” results in over 17 million results. Lawsuits by disgruntled employees are one problem. But nowadays, a company can face suits from candidates who were never hired, as well as from former employees months after termination.
Compliance with federal and state regulations involves a mind-boggling array of topics, most of which fall within the purview of the HR department. OSHA, FLSA, COBRA, EEO, VETS, SOX, and EDA all have minutely detailed requirements, many of which are open to individual interpretation, and they all have severe penalties for infraction. It is a never-ending, full-time task to keep up with these requirements, ensure corporate compliance, and follow the required reporting procedures. Human error is seldom seen as an acceptable defense in cases of compliance infraction.
Compliance automation plays a critical role in both preventing violations by ensuring that requirements are automatically monitored and fulfilled, and in defending alleged compliance violations. The best defense against an alleged violation is a watertight reporting system and automatic documentation of everything related to a specific case.
For example, in a case of proving OSHA compliance, an updated, organized on-line injury reporting system in the factory is going to carry more weight than the standard illegible notebook. In addition, some compliance authorities, such as VETS-100 and COBRA will waive strict reporting requirements if it can be proved that appropriate data collection and tracking systems are being used.
Ascentis HR can reduce the likelihood of error as well as reduce the workload for HR staff in collecting such compliance information by providing compliance automation. The powerful report wizard can quickly generate reports such as EEO-1, VETS-100 and OSHA incidents reducing time spent on generating these reports as well as covering any liabilities in case of lawsuit.
Curious about how to make your company more compliant? Ask for more information by filling out this form or call Ascentis at 800.229.2713.