• Karen Mathews Radau

HR To-Do List for 2020


Here is our 2020 HR To-Do-List to help you to continue your Company’s compliance and best practices.

  • Order and post the 2020 required labor law posters for Federal, State and locally required postings.

  • Review and increase, as needed, employee pay to comply with state and local minimum wage laws.

  • Review exempt employees’ pay to ensure that it is within the defined minimum pay: $49,920 annually for 25 or fewer employees and $54,080 annually for 26+ employees.

  • Consider completing a pay equality audit to be sure that employees doing substantially the same work are being paid the same.

  • For Flexible Spending Accounts, notify participating employees, using two forms of communication of the deadline to withdraw funds.

  • Review, and update as needed, employee handbooks and policies to reflect recent legislative changes. Based on the number of employees:

  1. Arbitration Agreements: The prohibition on the use of mandatory arbitration agreements as a condition of employment is pending future court ruling. Agreements in place before January 1, 2020 were grandfathered in.

  2. Organ Donation Leave: Employers with 15+ employees must grant an additional 30 days unpaid leave for the purpose of organ donation and maintain existing health insurance coverage during leave.

  3. Paid Family Leave: Effective July 1, 2020 benefits are increased to 8 weeks.

  4. Lactation Accommodations: Employers with 4+ employees must provide break time accommodations and specific requirements for the space to be used for expressing milk. Exceptions can be considered on a case by case basis.

  5. Dress and appearance codes: the grooming policy must allow employees to wear their preferred natural hair styles unless it is a safety issue.

I hope these pointers are helpful. Let me know if you need help understanding these changes in more depth or if you want us to take care of your employee handbook updates.

Karen Mathews Radau, CEO and Sr. Consultant Small Business HR Services®, Chapter 113

Karen Mathews Radau has been in business since 2004 doing organizational effectiveness, career coaching and human resources. She is passionate about helping her clients be successful, manage their risk as an employer and develop a culture of compliance.


Karen is certified as an HR Professional, has an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from JFKU and a B.S. in Business Management from UOP. She has additional training and certifications, most notably as a Certified Coach and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. See more at www.Smallbizhrservices.com.

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