April HR To-Do List

By Jenny Sherman, SPHR CCP, Director of HR Services, Trupp HR.

April showers may bring May flowers, but all this early April sunshine is just bringing spring fever! Here is this months important HR to-do list to work through before the fever pushes you out the door.

File Early for H-1B
Trupp HR Calendar April To-Do LIstWe mentioned it last month but here’s a second reminder just in case you haven’t filed yours yet! H-1B filing begins April 1. Last year the H-1B cap was met in only two months. To ensure you get your H-1B approved, file in April for your October needs.
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Take Your Child to Work Day – April 25
Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day Celebrates 20 Years on April 5!  Designed to show children (ages 8-18) the value of education, help them to discover their work life possibilities and encourage them to envision their future, parents and their workplace partner to create success for kids.  This year’s theme is “Work in Progress.”  Having a coordinated program at your place of employment offers the bonus of employee engagement and is an inexpensive form of employee recognition.
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Conduct Stay Interviews with Valuable Employees
Have you considered implementing Stay Interviews with key employees you don’t want to lose?  These interviews provide an opportunity for you, as a leader, to build and/or strengthen your relationship with employees.  This year over half of your workforce may be considering a job change.  Is the month of April a good time to stay ahead of the curve on employee retention?
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Implement a Record Disposal Policy
Thinking of doing some Spring Cleaning?  The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Disposal Rule became effective in 2005 outlining the procedures for disposing of sensitive information.  Develop or revise your record disposal policy to comply so you don’t get caught discarding personally identifiable information in unsecured dumpsters.  Two companies were fined more than $100,000 by the FTC.
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