Courts throughout the Southeast, particularly in Georgia, have witnessed a significant increase in employment-related lawsuits in the past three years, especially wage related actions. As a business owner, it’s important to make sure you’re not breaking any laws that could potentially lead to a costly lawsuit.

Use the HR Audit Checklist below to quickly determine whether you are complying with fundamental Federal and Georgia employment laws and regulations. If your answer is “No” to any of these questions, click the link to take you to our HR Library, where you’ll find the information and editable forms and policies you need to confidently answer “Yes.”

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Yes No Do you keep medical records separate from other personnel files?
Yes No Do you know what posters you are required to post?
Yes No Do you have all new hires complete I-9 forms and do you keep the I-9 forms for the required time period?
Yes No Do you retain for one year each employee’s: name, address, date of birth, occupation, rate of pay and compensation?
Yes No Do you know what questions you cannot ask job applicants, and which ones you should?
Yes No Do you check all job and personal references before hiring?
Yes No Do you have complete job descriptions which describe the essential and non-essential functions of each job, and do you update them periodically?
Yes No Do you know the difference between exempt and non-exempt employees?
Yes No Are your employees properly designated as exempt or non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)?
Yes No Do you know how to determine whether someone is an employee or independent contractor?
Yes No Do you have a procedure for investigating misconduct?
Yes No Is your handbook regularly updated, and do you include a clear statement that employment is at-will and not guaranteed?
Yes No Do you pay required overtime compensation to non-exempt employees, which can include salaried employees?
Yes No Do you have a written sexual harassment policy, and are your employees aware of it?
Yes No Do you have a procedure for investigating employee complaints about harassment?
Yes No Do you have a procedure for investigating employee misconduct?
Yes No Do you test for drugs or alcohol in compliance with both state and federal law?
Yes No Do you have a progressive discipline policy, and do your supervisors understand it and apply it consistently?
Yes No Are you aware of federal requirements regarding continuation of group health care coverage?
Yes No Do you have a plan for dealing with workplace violence?
Yes No Do you have a system for handling wage garnishment or income deduction orders?
Yes No Do you know if your employees are eligible for family and medical leave?
Yes No Do you have a system for sending out COBRA notices within the required time limits?
Yes No Does your workers’ compensation insurance carrier provide managed medical care as required by Georgia law?
Yes No Does your company have an email, Internet and other communications policy?
Yes No Does your company have a plan for complying with WARN in the case of a mass layoff or plant closing?
Yes No Do you know the procedure for reinstating a veteran after military leave?
Yes No Does your company have a method for evaluating employees’ performances?

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