Funny, in the past two days, I’ve come across two new tools in the “HR space marketplace” designed to help employers comply with ever-changing legislation and regulations where the government seems to be leaving an ever-widening void.
Just today, I found a Top 10 Environmental and Safety Concerns list from KPA. (This link will take you to several other links about it, including a webinar you might want to check out.) The list helps managers in the auto industry, specifically dealerships and service centers, know what the latest hot buttons are for compliance and worker safety under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
“Until now,” this release states, “there was only one way for [these managers] to know what the hot buttons were … . They had to sift through OSHA’s annual publication of citations for the entire transportation industry. From that list, they could try to decipher which citations were most likely to happen at their facility.
“The problem is that the transportation industry is a general index, and there are big differences between safety concerns at a dealership and safety concerns at a shipyard, which means that OSHA’s list is too general to be helpful for most dealerships and service centers.”
Gosh, you’d think someone at OSHA would have been first with this Top 10 list, in the name of proactive governmental compliance guidance.
Then, just yesterday, in researching a piece on Equal Employment Opportunity Commission compliance help — and a perceived growing lack thereof by some employment attorneys — one of those attorneys pointed me to this tool at Biddle Consulting called the Adverse Impact Toolkit, which can audit and analyze all of a company’s practices—hiring, compensation, promotion, etc.—to determine risks that could spark or enflame an EEOC investigation.
Although all agencies do provide education and guidance, the list of regulations governing every industry is only getting more complex and hard to navigate. And, if we’re to believe a growing chorus of employment attorneys, governmental compliance help before a lawsuit or citation is filed is growing scarce.
I suspect I’ll be seeing a lot more of these kinds of tools hitting the market in the not-too-distant future.