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

Prepare for open enrollment

Open enrollment is starting soon for many companies. Get a headstart to ensure the benefits you are offering this year match your employee’s needs/wants, are optimized to your organization’s budget, and are messaged to your employees in a way that highlights your organization as an employer of choice.
Use our handy Open Enrollment Checklist to ensure you’ve got all your bases covered.

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Review FMLA leave policies and practices

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued an opinion letter clarifying there are no exceptions for the designation of FMLA leave in the case of Collective Bargaining Agreements.

The bottom line, employers should provide notice of FMLA designation within five days. This applies to all employees, even in the case of collective bargaining agreements or an employee that requests leave to be treated as non-FMLA leave.

Employers should keep a record of any information used to determine the FMLA qualification and review policies and practices related to FMLA and employer-provided leave programs to ensure they comply with the prohibitions of the original ruling and the recent DOL Opinion Letter.

The article below gives an overview of the letter and what it means for employers.

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Prepare for winter weather

It’s expected to be another cold and wet winter this year across the U.S. Take the time to review your inclement weather policy, make any necessary adjustments, and inform your employees of any updates.

Ensure coverage and proper pay calculations for daylight savings

Daylight savings time will be ending on Sunday, November 3rd at 2 am. Remind employees of the upcoming change, make sure shifts are correctly covered, and ensure that employee hours are calculated properly.

Start planning your company holiday party

If you haven’t, start planning for your company holiday party now. Popular venues that can accommodate groups get booked-up early. Keep in mind that December is also a busy time for most employees, so it helps to let them know a save-the-date as soon as possible.

Other dates to be Aware of in November

  • National Doughnut Day – November 5th
  • Veterans Day – November 11th
  • Thanksgiving – November 28th
  • Small Business Saturday – November 30th
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