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HR Outsourcing: The Cure for Compliance Headaches?

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Is your head hurting?  Maybe you’ve been trying to keep up with the dizzying array of amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation designed to put more legal power into the hands of workers.

The ADA amendments make it easier for disabled employees to file discrimination lawsuits against their current or former employers, while the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act raises the stakes even higher, making it imperative for employers to carefully document their compensation policies if they want to avoid discrimination suits.

Many companies entrust the Herculean task of keeping up with the latest compliance requirements to their in-house HR people. The problem is that most small businesses may only have one HR person on staff (especially if the company has less than 75 employees), and that person has enough to do without constantly staying on top of these critical issues, and in many cases, HR is not their primary task–it’s only one of many.

One answer to this problem is to consider a human resource outsourcing company, or HRO. They live and breathe compliance minutia so you don’t have to. These companies devote huge amounts of their time to making sure their clients remain 100 percent compliant, so when you hand this massive headache over to an HRO, you can stop worrying about whether your HR person will make some tiny slip that costs you thousands or even millions in future settlements or judgments.

Of course, that’s just one of the benefits you get from outsourcing your HR. As you relieve your in-house staff from the need to wrack their brains over legal pitfalls, you also divest them of the need to play accountant, insurance expert, benefits consultant, etc. An HRO does it all for you, acting as your off-site human resources department, so you can focus on the things your business does best — serve its customers.

Feeling better?

Dan Hettrich is the director of sales at Acadia HR located in Austin, Texas. He can be reached at or 512-745-2985.

Written by Dan Hettrich

December 17, 2010 at 4:48 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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