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Most Companies Need to Improve their Compliance-Related Programs - New Study by the HR Research Institute

Most human resources (HR) professionals (77%) say that their compliance-related programs are well-funded and proactive, but compliance still tends to be a time-consuming activity that can be improved in most companies.

The free research report, The State of HR Compliance 2021, is now available for download.'s Research Institute conducted the study of HR practitioners to understand and investigate problem areas related to compliance and technology with the goal of helping employers improve their compliance management initiatives and prepare for the future of business.

Clearly there is work to do as only about one-fifth (22%) of respondents rank their organization at the top of the compliance maturity model (i.e., have clearly mapped out processes that are well understood by employees). Efficiency is also an issue, with 70% spending more than a quarter of the average workweek on regulatory and compliance issues.

Staying up to date with compliance issues and evolving laws and regulations is challenging for many HR departments. Among the top barriers for keeping abreast of such changes are:

  • technology failing to keep up with compliance changes
  • lack of enough personnel to implement policy changes
  • lack of in-house expertise

'With the work environment and employment regulations more unpredictable than ever before, HR professionals have their work cut out for them,' stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of 'Continuous and strong compliance processes are critical and effective automation might be one of the keys to success.'

Download the full report which includes details on eight key takeaways to help HR departments gain insights into how to be adaptable and informed on employment regulations to ensure effective compliance management initiatives.


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