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The HR auditing process is — or should be — an independent, objective, and systematic evaluation that provides assurance that:

1) compliance and governance requirements are being met;
2) business and talent management objectives are being achieved;
3) human resource management risks are fully identified, assessed, and managed; and
4) the organization’s human capital adds value.

Ronald Adler
Laurdan Associates Incorporated


Over the last 5 years there has been a significant change in the HR auditing process, the value derived from HR auditing, and the HR audit tools used.  HR audits have evolved from a simple checklist of do’s and don’ts or periodic affirmative action plans to a comprehensive, sustainable process that:

1) is an integral part of the organization’s internal controls, due diligence, and risk management;
2) is a fundamental activity of strategic management; and
3) uses sophisticated auditing products and consulting services.  

Increasingly HR audits are conducted of HR rather than by HR.

Ronald Adler
Laurdan Associates Incorporated