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How to End 2021 HR Strong

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We’re closing in on the end of 2021, which means there’s a long list of human resource housekeeping items that need to be squared away before 2022 rolls in. Here are some of the key HR to-dos that you don’t want to overlook.

Train managers on new Hawaii labor law updates

One important Hawaii law to note is HB 1253 that prohibits employers from requiring employees to download mobile applications on their personal device that enable their location to be tracked. Additionally, employees may not be terminated or discriminated against for refusing to download a mobile application on their personal device or for filing a complaint.

Effective January 1, 2022, the minimum wage for employees working “on or in connection with” a covered federal contract or subcontract will increase 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 Form W-2 for every employee who received a paycheck in 2021. Each employee should receive a copy of their Form W-2 by January 31, 2022.

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

To find a full list of rules and regulations regarding the Form W-2, please check the IRS website.

Recap performance evaluations

Managers should check in with their employees at least once every quarter to review goals, monitor progress, and offer feedback, support, and coaching.

An end-of-the-year performance evaluation could be a summary of your check-ins throughout the year. Use this as a time to discuss what else the company can do to help employees be successful in the coming year and allow them to share feedback about how they’re doing. These ongoing discussions should give employers a good idea of the levels of employee engagement.

If your team is not currently meeting throughout the year, the New Year is a great time to start.

Read also: 5 Steps to Hassle-Free Performance Evaluations

Update your employee handbook

Take a look at your company’s employee handbook. Did you add a new policy or change your benefits recently? Have there been state or federal employment law changes within the last year? If so, your handbook needs an update.

Ideally, employers should review their handbooks annually. The beginning of the year is a good time to gather all the policy changes that were made throughout the previous year and revise the employee handbook.

Make 2022 your most efficient year yet

If you’re struggling to manage all the HR aspects of running a business–compliance, payroll, training, benefits, risk management, employment law—you’re not alone.

Many businesses in Hawaii trust simplicityHR by ALTRES to take care of their human resource needs. We’ll help you navigate the HR realm, so you can focus on what’s important, running your business.

Start the New Year with a new way to do business, one that saves you time and money. To learn more about how you can simplify with simplicityHR, contact us today.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should first consult their attorney, accountant or adviser before acting upon any information in this article.

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