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3 HR Compliance Issues for the Construction Industry and Their Solutions

The construction industry will always carry its own set of compliance rules that employers need to abide by. Employers within the construction industry have a lot to keep up with as they must comply with strict government guidelines. These guidelines are designed to regulate safety and workforce management and are constantly changing. We put together a list of 3 of the most common issues when it comes to construction compliance and how to avoid them.

3 Common Construction Compliance Issues

Timekeeping

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division enforces regular, and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Because of the nature of the work that comes with construction, overtime plays a huge role in the industry. The FLSA states that employers must pay workers their allotted wages (base is the minimum wage for their region) for all hours worked plus time and a half for overtime. Employers need to keep detailed records of hours worked to ensure that they are paying their employees in accordance with federal and local regulations.

Accurate timekeeping software is key to staying on top of any wage issues that may arise. If your organization is still manually entering time and wages, you could potentially open the door for errors that lead to employee litigation. Using timekeeping software, not only can you ensure that employees are always paid for every dollar they’ve earned, but you can also access a host of tools that make management’s job easier. For instance, some software allows for remote access that allows employees to clock in from remote sites through a mobile app. Automation and integration to benefits and payroll are also available through timekeeping software.

Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) sets rules and standards that the construction industry must follow. These regulations maintain worker and site safety that new and old employees must follow. Employers must also keep up to date with training, regulations, and certifications.

Because construction employees are often in the field, gathering all in one spot for training can be challenging. Remote HR management software is perfect for giving employees access to vital remote training. Employees can complete required training, from their mobile devices or computers and you can easily access their progress and results.

Hiring

Recruiting and managing candidates is a lot of work and involves various moving pieces. On top of scouting and finding the right candidate, some construction employers must comply with federal regulations when it comes to hiring. Especially if they are doing any sort of government hiring. These situations call for proper documentation of their job listings and hiring practices to ensure they are compliant. This is when an Applicant Tracking System comes in. accesible workplace

Applicant tracking systems will automate many of the hiring and compliance procedures. It should track your construction company’s hiring efforts and store all candidate information such as w-9s. It will help you not only keep track of all your candidates but avoid any errors that can take you out of compliance. By automating these processes, managers can spend more time with their employees and less time on administrative tasks.

Managing construction compliance issues can feel like a complicated job, but with the right tools, it doesn’t have to be.

Need expert support?

Contact Payroll Systems to see how you can leverage our easily scalable solutions. We pair human skills and empathy with the latest technology to take on our clients’ HR and payroll processes.

We offer paperless employee onboarding and paperless benefit enrollment as well as timekeeping systems with companion mobile app, physical clocks, and customized job costing and labor distribution reporting.

 

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This article provides general information and shouldn’t be construed as legal or HR advice. Since employment laws may change over time and can vary by location and industry, please consult a lawyer or HR expert for advice specific to your business. You can also contact Payroll Systems to inquire about our HR support services.