Manesh Rath, Contributing Author and Editor in the Ninth Edition of the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®)

Date: Jun 16, 2009

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Washington, DC – June 15, 2009

Laurdan Associates, Inc. recently announced the release of the ninth edition of the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation's leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment process. Manesh Rath, a partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, is a contributing author and editor of several sections of the new edition of this book.

Available in hard copy and web-based versions, ELLA® provides users with a systematic and comprehensive method of assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their organizations' HR management and employment practices risk management activities, of identifying hidden problem areas, of measuring outcomes and benchmarking best practices, of assessing human capital related risks, of evaluating internal controls, and prioritizing corrective measures.

The ninth edition of ELLA®, which now covers 27 employment practices areas:

  • Adds new audit questions on Wage and Hour issues (including the Lilly Ledbetter Act), the ADA (including the ADA Amendments Act), Immigration, Leaves of Absence (including the new FMLA regulations), COBRA and HIPAA, and human capital management.
  • Adds a new Profile on Diversity.
  • Updates and expands the assessment of strategic and organizational alignment, risk management, internal controls, and HR metrics.
  • Places greater emphasis on assessing the value added by the organization's human capital.

Additionally, the ninth edition includes new audit tools: 1) The ELLA Pre-HR Audit Worksheet™, 2) the Employment Retaliation Vulnerability Assessment Tool™, ELLA HR Audit Worksheets™, and ELLA HR Audit Maps™.

"There is an increasing interest and sense of urgency in HR audits as organizations seek to enhance the value of their human capital while reducing their exposure to employment related liabilities," according to Mr. Ronald Adler, president–CEO, of Laurdan Associates, Inc. "Like financial audits, HR audits can help organizations assess asset integrity and organizational well-being, help monitor and assess internal controls, help conduct due diligence, and help demonstrate a commitment to compliance."

"Further, in the ‘war for talent' and with the growing recognition of the relationship between HR management and the bottom line, CEOs, CFOs, boards of directors, and internal and external auditors are increasingly finding HR audits a valuable tool to help their organizations align employment practices with business objectives."

For more information, contact Mr. Ronald Adler, president-CEO, Laurdan Associates, Inc., Suite 201, 10220 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-299-4117,

Downloadable Files:
ELLA® Brochure
ELLA® Frequently Asked Questions