The Importance of Good HR Management
While employees are an organization’s most valuable assets, they can also be the organization’s most significant liability. This is especially true for a non-profit charter school, due to expectations of fair treatment and the “social contract” inherent in the public benefit focus of a charter school’s mission.
Employment-related claims comprise a large segment of all claims filed against schools. The consistently high number of employment discrimination lawsuits filed annually by American workers creates a very real risk for charter school employers. In the recent past, CharterSAFE members have been hit with wrongful termination and harassment cases that resulted in higher deductibles and premiums for employment practices insurance. Our goal is to reverse this claim trend - to enable CharterSAFE to offer its insurance programs at lower rates - so charter schools can conserve their resources for use in the classroom.
To reduce the risks, CharterSAFE strives to educate and assist our members with their employment practices. We provide education, “real time” advice and other tools to ensure compliance with federal and state employment laws. Introducing an HR advisory component in 2011 was another step in strengthening the value of CharterSAFE’s risk-related services, with an emphasis on improving our member’s employment practices.