How to end strong HR 2021

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Train managers on new Hawaii labor law updates

2021 has been another calm year for changes to Hawaii’s labor laws. An important law to note is HB 1253 which prohibits employers, with certain exceptions, from requiring employees to download mobile apps to their personal devices that can track their location or reveal personal information. Additionally, employees cannot be fired or discriminated against for refusing to download a mobile app to their personal device or for filing a complaint.

In addition, effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employees working “on or in connection with” a covered federal contract or subcontract will be reduced from $ 10.95 to $ 11.25. New and renewed covered contracts on or after January 30, 2022 will generally be subject to a higher minimum wage of $ 15.00 per hour.

Prepare Form W-2 for employees

Employers must complete a W-2 for each employee who received a paycheck in 2021. Each employee is expected to receive a copy of their W-2 by January 31, 2022.

To ensure that all W-2s are received by employees on time, we recommend asking all employees to verify their correct mailing address before the end of the year. Or use an automated system like HR Symphony to help manage change for W-2 employees.

Summary of performance reviews

Communicate with your employees at least quarterly to review goals, track progress, and offer feedback and support. At the end of the year, recap your check-ins throughout the year. If you don’t do regular performance reviews, the New Year is a good time to start.

Review your benefits package

Take the time to review your benefits package and adjust your benefits offering to meet the needs of your employees.

In the aftermath of the coronavirus, many companies are working to strengthen mental health resources, such as offering online counseling sessions or employee assistance programs (EAPs), providing apps to help manage relaxation or sleep, and remind employees of the services available due to their health. insurance provider.

Update your employee handbook

Consult your company’s employee handbook. Have you recently added a new policy or changed your benefits? Have there been any changes in state or federal labor law over the past year? If so, your manual needs an update.

Ideally, employers should revise their manuals every year. The start of the year is a good time to pull together all of the policy changes made over the past year and review the employee handbook, including compliance updates.

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