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Preparing for 2010 – Shaping Up Your Employment Policies

December 21, 2009


The end of the calendar year marks the time for business owners to finalize financials and prepare for the upcoming year. In addition to corporate governance compliance, there are other issues that must also be addressed at the end of one year and the beginning of next. A year-end review of certain should be akin to tuning up your car or replacing the batteries in your smoke detectors. It is generally better to be proactive then reactive. Similarly, in employment law, the proactive employer is usually ahead of potential problems and will be ready to address anything that may come up. The following is a list of suggestions an employer may wish to implement while conducting its end of year finances and corporate governance.

Distribute Your Sexual Harassment Policy

Every business that employs more than six individuals must circulate a sexual harassment policy to all of its employees. This is something that must be done on an annual basis. Under Massachusetts law, every employer must adopt a policy against sexual harassment and also provide an annual copy of it to all employees. In order to comply with this provision, business owners should not only provide a copy of the policy but also document a receipt for the company’s records demonstrating that each employee received a copy of the policy. This requirement also…

by: Kevin V. Maltby

December 21, 2009

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