HR Acronyms & Abbreviations

The human resources (HR) industry uses countless abbreviations and acronyms. Whether you’re new to the HR category, you’re part of an HRIS implementation team, you’re onboarding with a new job, or you just want to get into the field, it’s imperative to know what each of these means and what they define. We put together some of the most commonly used HR acronyms and abbreviations along with their meanings. Scroll or search below.

ACAAffordable Care Act
AD&DAccidental Death and Dismemberment
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
ADEAAge Discrimination in Employment Act
ATSApplicant Tracking System
BLRBusiness and Legal Resources
BLSBureau of Labor Statistics
BUBargaining Unit
C&BCompensation and Benefits
CEOChief Executive Officer
CFOChief Financial Officer
CISOChief Information Security Officer (CISO)
C-SuiteC-level Suite C-level Suite (so named for the gathering of executive-level offices gathered in one place)
COOChief Operating Officer (COO)
COCompliance Officer
COBRAConsolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (Medical Insurance)
COLACost of Living Adjustment
CPEContinuing Professional Education
DOLDepartment of Labor
EAPEmployee Assistance Program
EBSEmployee Benefits Security
EDPEmployee Development Plan
EEOEqual Employment Opportunity
EEOCEqual Employment Opportunity Commission
EOExecutive Officer
EOBExplanation of Benefits
EPAEqual Pay Act
FCRAFair Credit Reporting Act
FLSAFair Labor Standards Act
FMLAFamily and Medical Leave Act
FSAFlexible Spending Account
FTEFull-Time Equivalent
FYFiscal Year
HIPAAHealth Insurance Portability and Accountability ActHIPAA
HMOHealth Maintenance Organization
HSAHealth Savings Account
I-9I-9 Employment Eligibility Documentation Form
IRAIndividual Retirement Account
JDJob Description
KPIKey Performance Indicators
KPMKey Performance Measures
KSA'sKnowledge, Skills, Abilities
L&DLearning and Development
LMSLearning Management System
LOALeave of Absence
LOSLength of Service
LRLabor Relations
LTCLong-Term Care
LTDLong-Term Disability
LTELimited Term Employee
LWOPLeave Without Pay
LWPLeave With Pay
PDPosition Description
PPOPreferred Provider Organization
PTOPaid Time Off
QRQuarterly Review
SHRMSociety for Human Resource Management
STDShort-Term Disability
T&DTraining and Development
WCWorker's Compensation

Further Reading

We break down the best HR systems for businesses | TechnologyAdvice

Reviews and free trials of top HR systems | SoftwarePundit

Check out emerging HRIS trends for the upcoming year | CIO Insight

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Amanda Scheldt
Amanda is an Illinois-based Content Writer and Copywriter. While obtaining her degree in Cybersecurity, Amanda felt there was a lack of emphasis on education and awareness in the industry. Amanda has embraced this into her lifelong passion for writing by focusing her content with the goal to educate and inform. In addition to writing for Webopedia, Amanda enjoys writing for small businesses and tech startups.
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