1. At-will employment allows me to fire an employee for any reason?
False. An employer is still prohibited from firing an employee if the reason violates public policy. This is why it is important to understand the laws related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation and whistleblowing.
2. Every business is required to have an Employee Handbook.
False. The law requires employers to provide certain notices, but no handbook is required. Nevertheless, handbooks are very important to train supervisors and employees on company practices. Handbook policies are also important in helping businesses avoid and limit legal liability.
3. As an HR professional, I should perform background checks for my company.
False. You could create liability by conducting your own background check. The law requires you to disclose public information to applicants. Moreover, you may not use certain information that you find. You could be sued if you make a decision based on that information.
4. My payroll company is responsible for any liability associated with my paychecks.
False. Your contract with the payroll company specifically states that it is not liable for your payroll. Additionally, the law imposes liability on you, not the payroll company. For example, if you do not have certain information on your payroll stub, you can be assessed thousands of dollars in liability.
5. Which of the following statements about substance abuse policies is not true?
Answer: (B) The majority of employers across the United States are NOT required to drug test, and many state and local governments have statutes that limit or prohibit substance abuse testing in the workplace. It is very important that before designing a drug-testing program you familiarize yourself with the various state and federal regulations that may apply to your organization.
6. An HR audit is designed to help:
Answer: (D) All of the above. A certified professional at Sierra HR Partners is available to conduct an HR Audit at your location, providing you with a summary report of findings and recommended action to ensure your organization’s policies are compliant with applicable federal and state workplace laws.
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