Staying Up-to-Date on Employment Laws

Employment laws are one of those things that change with the wind — or so it would seem if you work in human resources (HR). Policies also vary from state-to-state, which can make it even harder to keep track, yet it’s imperative to keep up-to-date on these. Employment laws encompass everything you need to know about employment, from hiring a new staff member, to when that person ends employment. Not complying with these rules and regulations could result in costly fines and lawsuits.

Employment laws encompass everything you need to know about employment, from hiring a new staff member, to when that person ends employment.Here are a few key federal employment laws to be especially aware of:

  • The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

So how can you keep the rules of all these and other employment laws at your fingertips — without the headache? Follow these simple steps:


TheSociety for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest professional association related to HR management. By becoming a member, you’ll reap tons of benefits, but most important, it’ll provide you immediate access to employment law information. You’ll learn information on everything from benefits and compensation to diversity and employee and labor relations. The SHRM site also contains both federal and state specific guidance on employment laws, so you’re never at a loss of the information you need.

Subscribe to e-mail Updates

In addition to SHRM, companies such as the Department of Labor and the Nolo Employment Law Center can help people in human resources keep track of changing employment law practices by sending updated newsletters and law bulletins. The Department of Labor also has an e-laws tool, which is another way to help. Whenever you receive an update, bookmark it in a place you’ll remember, or consider making a spreadsheet of all laws. That way, when you receive new info, you can update the spreadsheet and never be behind.

Hire an Attorney

Have an employment law attorney or his office send you updates on employment laws when they change, which will help you stay abreast of new employment laws. To find one in your area, visit

Research on the Right Sites

For example, on, you can search by employment topics by the state your employees are at no cost. For even more information, you can subscribe to their premium site for a fee. (They offer a 14-day trial that you can try first.)

Attend Conferences

If learning in a classroom is easier for you, then you might consider going to employment-law related conferences, such as the annual SHRM Employment Law Legislative Conference,which occurs every year in March.


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