Compliance Trends to Watch For In 2018

3 Compliance Trends to Put On Your Radar


Yet again, it’s time for our annual review of trends and events that will impact ethics and compliance in the year ahead. Events may be unfolding in surprising ways, but the beginning of a new year is always a perfect time to take stock of where we’ve been and to plan ahead. It’s a time to regain perspective, to re-energize, and to refocus on the future for your workplace. How will you meet the challenges of the New Year and beyond?

Read on for important compliance trends to watch:


1: Scheduling Rules

The reasoning behind scheduling rules is simple: employers should not be able to cancel or reschedule an employee on a whim without compensating them. Advocates behind this law believe that last-minute schedule changes place unnecessary financial stress on employees and make it hard to arrange for childcare. The cities of San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and New York all have predictive scheduling rules, and at press time, New York State and California were working on their own variants, so look into how to join the ranks!

2: Overtime

Overtime pay has been in the spotlight since 2016 when the Department of Labor (DOL) published changes to overtime that would have increased the minimum salary for exempt employees. The new rule has been put on hold, but it should be finalized in 2018. We predict that the DOL will likely adjust the salary threshold to $35,000, simply to account for inflation, which will leave overtime rules otherwise untouched.

3: Anti-harassment Laws

Workplace harassment scandals took over the headlines in 2017, with many important figures in both the media and government resigning in disgrace. In response, we expect lawmakers to administer training and reporting requirements for employers. Luckily, California’s handbook and training requirements are amongst the country’s most robust. Be prepared to put in extra training that will pay off in the long run!


Heading into the New Year, management must be as educated as possible. We have garnered input from industry experts and professionals to help with these tips. We look forward to hearing your comments and working with you to meet any challenges that may come up in the New Year and beyond.