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Effectively managing your workforce requires understanding and following legal requirements for hiring, scheduling and paying your employees. Federal laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) help you provide employees with a fair and equitable employment experience.
Though labor laws set valuable standards that protect employees, they also present compliance hurdles for employers. In a National Small Business Association survey, business leaders reported the need to meet Department of Labor requirements as their biggest compliance challenge, with only the IRS rated as more challenging. Not only do labor laws govern just about every aspect of the employment relationship, but they can also change over time. Moreover, the penalties for noncompliance can be sizable and include regulatory fines, lawsuits and reputational damage.
Despite its challenges, labor law compliance is achievable, and it can also help you maintain a productive and engaged workforce. It is up to your organization to understand which labor laws affect your workforce, but with integrated workforce management tools to help you automate processes for time and attendance, scheduling, and more, you can maintain both compliance and efficient business operations.