Small Businesses in North America Struggle with Labor Compliance Issues – New Research from

When it comes to HR compliance issues, smaller businesses tend to have different priorities compared to larger ones, according to a 2018 report released by The study highlights key compliance challenges that HR professionals face in small and medium sized businesses.

The research report, The Compliance Factor, is based on exclusive industry research by in partnership with Ceridian, one of the world’s foremost providers of human capital management technology. The report is now available for download.

Survey respondents (485 HR professionals in Canada and the U.S.) were asked to rank four potential outcomes of a compliance failure, from highest to lowest concern. The study found that larger organizations are most concerned with the impact on the organization’s future, followed by reputational damage. Smaller ones, however, are most concerned with the potential heaviness of the fine itself.

“Smaller firms tend to have more to lose from large fines,” said Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of “A severe fine can put a smaller company out of business. Bigger companies can easily absorb a large monetary fine, so their main concern tends to be the publicity’s hit to the brand, which can potentially cost more than the fine itself in terms of loss of business.”

What makes the situation even more dangerous is that many smaller firms find it hard to stay in compliance. Over a quarter of all survey respondents cited compliance with labor laws as a major challenge, and the problem was somewhat more pronounced for smaller organizations with fewer than 250 employees than for larger ones with over 500 employees.

Results revealed today’s biggest compliance problems. Complex regulatory and legal environment was the biggest obstacle to staying in compliance. For smaller organizations, the risks are often compounded by a general lack of access to critical internal expertise.

DOWNLOAD REPORT: The Compliance Factor: How North American Small and Medium-Sized Organizations (SMBs) Meet Compliance Requirements Today

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