Is Good HR Worth the Time, Effort
Many times employers have told me that a good Human Resources
program is not worth their time or effort. They say that they
have never had an HR related lawsuit or discrimination claim
and never expect to have one.
When an employer tells me that, I wish them good luck and continued
Unfortunately, that is sometimes a short sighted view. Let’s
look at a few statistics.
63% of all employment related lawsuits
71% of race based lawsuits
67% of disability based lawsuits
66% of gender based lawsuits
59% of age based lawsuits
When an employer loses an employment
related lawsuit, the verdicts can be enormous.
The average jury
Federal court = $603,376
State court = $808,337
What do juries believe?
61% believe that that most discrimination
lawsuits against employers are justified
69% believe that employers retaliate against low level employees
In 2018, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
reported that sexual harassment charges were up 50% over the
prior year. This represented the highest year to year increase
in the agencies’ history.
Over the last several years, both the Federal EEOC and the South
Carolina Human Affairs Commission (SCHAC) have increased the
size of their staffs and are now conducting more active and aggressive
So, what is an employer supposed to do?
- Have a well written (and
up to date) employee handbook that is South Carolina compliant.
a full and comprehensive audit of all of your HR practices.
(Policies, procedures, benefits, compensation, training, handbooks,
employee relations and compliance)
- Conduct regular (annual) harassment/discrimination
training for all employees.
A company’s best defense against
the potential expense and aggravation related to federal or state
law violations is to proactively review and revise as needed
all Human Resources policies, handbooks, hiring procedures, compensation,
benefits, training programs, communications tools and other functions.
The professionals of PHHR are ready to assist your organization
with this type of training as well as to maintain compliance
with the latest state and federal mandates.
Paul Hilton Human Resources Consulting works with our clients to insure that all required documentation is correct and sufficient to successfully defend against a claim to any unemployment compensation commission.
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