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HR Internal Control Audit Checklist

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  • 1. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ ORGANIZATION NAME INTERNAL CONTROL QUESTIONNAIRE PURPOSE: Audits help determine the effectiveness of an HR department and/or HR systems. They are a systematic, objective tool to assess regulatory or policy compliance in the workplace. The following list of HR audit questions is not meant to be comprehensive to every organization, merely a representation of the types of questions that may be found in an HR audit. Department: Auditable Function: Human Resources Audit Checklist Discussed with: Date: Question Yes No N/A Comments Management 1. Are HR goals in line with those of the organization? 2. Are workweeks identified and defined? 3. Are full-time and part-time hours defined? 4. Are shifts defined? 5. Is there open communication to and from the HR department? Hiring 1. Do job descriptions exist? 2. Are job descriptions up to date? 3. Are I-9 forms and acceptable documentation reviewed annually? Are job openings offered to current employees? 4. Are applicant references checked? 5. Are turnover rates monitored? 6. Are selection processes used with reference to the Uniform Guidelines? 7. Are all applicants required to fill out and sign an application form?
  • 2. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ Question Yes No N/A Comments 8. Are applicants asked to voluntarily identify their affirmative action information? 9. If applicable, do application forms identify that the employment relationship at the organization “at- will”? 10. Do employment applications refrain from requesting protected information? 11. Are independent contractors accurately identified? 12. If the organization has a qualifying federal contract, is there an affirmative action plan? 13. Are all new hires reported to the IRS? 14. Are I-9s and medical information kept separately from personnel files? 15. Do new employees fill out W-4 forms? 16. Are W-4 forms sent to the IRS? New employees Are workplace policies in place? Do policies focus on your workplace? Are policies communicated? Are policies enforced? Is there an employee handbook? Is the employee handbook specific to your workplace? Do employee orientations take place? Are employees trained on policies and work rules? Are employees trained on discrimination issues?
  • 3. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ Question Yes No N/A Comments Wages and hours Are compensation levels monitored and reviewed? Are employees correctly designated as exempt or nonexempt per FLSA? Is there a formal pay structure? Is the compensation structured reviewed regularly? Is working time documented? Are paid time off (vacation, holidays, etc) structures developed? Are non-exempt employees compensated at least one and one-half times their hourly wage for any hours worked beyond 40? Is the compensation plan communicated to all employees? Are appropriate payroll withholdings performed? Benefits Are employees informed about their benefits? Are Summary Plan Descriptions provided to plan participants? Are general COBRA notices provided to plan participants? Are employees allowed up to 12 weeks of leave under the FMLA? Are plan documents in compliance with ERISA? Are supervisors and managers trained to report employee absences of more than
  • 4. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ Question Yes No N/A Comments three days to HR for FMLA purposes? If there is a health care plan, is protected health information kept private? Are all Form 5500s completed and reported? Employee relations Is there a system for performance evaluation? Does the system check for effectiveness of the evaluation? Is quality and quantity of work evaluated? Is performance tied to compensation? Are workplace policies flexible? Are disciplinary actions for violating workplace policies flexible? Is there a process for employees to lodge complaints? Are there a variety of individuals to whom employees may lodge complaints (supervisor, HR representative)? Safety and security Are safety hazards reported to the appropriate personnel? Are workplace accidents, near-misses, injuries, and illnesses reported and investigated? Are measures in place to prevent intruders from entering the grounds or buildings? Is bright, effective lighting installed indoors and outdoors? Are measures in place (access badges, traffic control, etc.) to keep unauthorized persons from entering the facility through
  • 5. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ Question Yes No N/A Comments normal entrances? Is there a reliable response system in place in the event an alarm is triggered? Are employees encouraged to promptly report incidents, and suggest ways to reduce or eliminate risks? Are structures readily accessible to disabled employees? Are minors prohibited from performing hazardous work? Discrimination and employee rights Are employees trained on discrimination issues? Are supervisors and managers trained in anti-discriminatory practices? Are employment practices in line with the various anti-discrimination laws? Are minors prohibited from working more than their hours allowed by the Fair Labor Standards Act? Are effective policies in place that prohibit retaliation against employees who exercise their rights? Workers’ compensation Are injuries/incidents investigated? Is follow-up remediation performed where appropriate? Is regular contact made with employees out on lost time? Are return-to-work programs checked for effectiveness? Is contact made with medical providers? Are insurance premiums and competitive quotes reviewed on a periodic basis? Is the workplace environment maintained with safety in mind? Are state (new and existing) requirements
  • 6. Prepared by: _____ Date: ___________ Reviewed by: ____ Date: ___________ Question Yes No N/A Comments monitored? Employee separation Do exit interviews take place? Are final paychecks provided on time? Recordkeeping and other documentation Are personnel files current? Are all appropriate labor posters displayed in a conspicuous place? Are documents regarding employees kept for their required duration?

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