This monthly HR to-do list covers important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of August.

Dallas and San Antonio employers must comply with new paid sick leave laws

Employers with more than 5 employees in Dallas and San Antonio will need to comply with new sick leave ordinances starting this month (August 1, 2019). Employers with less than 5 employees have until August 1, 2021, to comply.

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Update company policies to reflect ban-the-box, salary history questions, and drug screening

Like Colorado, as referenced in the July Legal Corner, many states are adopting new laws around the hiring process. Be sure your employment application, employee handbook, and policies are up-to-date and compliant with the laws of your state. Even if your state doesn’t currently have these laws in place, be proactive and start adapting to these trending best practices now.

Not sure what needs to be changed? Let the knowledgable professionals at Trüpp update your employee handbook to comply with recent employment law requirements.

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Get ready to report pay data to the EEOC

Although it’s not September yet, employers need to get ready for reporting pay data to the EEOC. By September 30, 2019, employers must report 2017 and 2018 pay data for their workforce (referred to as “Component 2” data), broken down by race/ethnicity and sex.

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Prepare for open enrollment

It’s time to start thinking about open enrollment. Give yourself an adequate amount of time to review benefits, establish an employee communications plan, and get a schedule in place for open enrollment. Get a jump start now to ensure a successful enrollment process. Below are 5 tips to help you get started with your employee communication plan.

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Also, be aware that Healthcare Exchange Open Enrollment begins November 1 and ends December 15 for coverage beginning January 1, 2020.

Keep employees engaged over the summer

Summer can be a time of increased distraction. Keep productivity high by ensuring your employees are engaged. Finalize any summer activities you have planned for the office and consider these creative ideas for facilitating engagement.

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