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Personnel Audit and Employee Handbook Service


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The FELS' Personnel Audit and Employee Handbook Service is a comprehensive consultation designed to assist employers to become labor compliant. During a FELS personnel audit and employee handbook consultation, a FELS specialist will meet with you to review your legal compliance in over 22 subject areas pertaining to personnel management. A personnel audit is a thorough review of the labor standards which governmental agencies examine during a compliance inspection. These agencies include:

  • Department of Labor-Wage and Hour Division
  • Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Agricultural Labor Relations Board
  • Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

What is Audited?

Click here to download a Personnel Audit Checklist

When conducting a self audit you and a FELS consultant will review:

  • Minimum wage and overtime requirements
  • Payroll a nd pay day compliance
  • Labor contractor records
  • Housing, labor camps, meals
  • Hiring procedures
  • Termination procedures
  • Tax withholding, deductions
  • Leave of absence policies
  • Fringe benefits, vacations, etc.
  • Governmental postings
  • Safety programs and procedures
  • Pesticide requirements
  • Child labor laws
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance
  • Discrimination in employment

How Would You Benefit from Developing an Employee Handbook?

Following personnel audit you will be guided in writing an employee handbook taking into account the personality of your business and the legal considerations as noted on the personnel audit checklist. During this phase of the consultation, you will be able to select from over 350 sample policies in our catalog of employment policies. After session, FELS will compile your policy selections into an individualized handbook in both English and Spanish. You will receive one hard copy of the handbook you selected during our session together. If you choose to have additional copies prepared, FELS can provide this service at an additional charge. The audit and handbook consultation generally takes six to eight hours.

Agricultural employers have benefited from using an employee handbook in the following ways:

  • Avoiding costly penalties and payment of back wages.
  • Improved payroll procedures.
  • Better relations with employees due to more consistency in handling problems.
  • Taking control of the employment relationship--right to terminate at-will.
  • Improved safety program.

Who Performs the Audit?:

WHO. . .
George Daniels is the Executive Vice President of Farm Employers Labor Service (FELS®), an affiliate of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Since 1975 Daniels has consulted with agricultural employers in the areas of personnel management and labor relations. As a consultant he has also conducted a wide range of programs on labor law compliance, managing agricultural employees, improving supervisorial skills, avoiding labor unrest, managing ALRB election campaigns, and OSHA compliance.