Recently, we were discussing human resources issues with a client and we thought many of the ideas we were addressing might be able to help you as well. Here are a few ideas we came up with to reinforce company policies and possibly help reduce your risk of an Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) claim:
Use meetings as a reminder - You are likely to have most of your staff together for company meetings, or at least portions of the staff at different meetings, so use this time to reinforce policies that you see being abused or overlooked during the course of the work day.
Discuss before hiring - New employees should always be adequately informed of company policies and procedures upon hiring. Before ending your final interview, go over the most essential company policies, so a new employee knows before the first day of work. If you have a company handbook make sure that everyone has an updated and current edition.
Be sure you are consistent with how you handle each employee that does not follow the regulations of the company. This is essential to ensure that you do not experience any unnecessary backlash in regards to the policies.
Hopefully that helps you and your business. If you have questions (or ideas you'd like to share), let us know!