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    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.

    Acronym Meaning
    ACA Affordable Care Act
    AD&D Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
    ADEA Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    ATS Applicant Tracking System
    BLR Business and Legal Resources
    BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
    BU Bargaining Unit
    C&B Compensation and Benefits
    CEO Chief Executive Officer
    CFO Chief Financial Officer
    CISO Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
    C-Suite C-level Suite (so named for the gathering of executive-level offices gathered in one place)
    COO Chief Operating Officer (COO)
    CO Compliance Officer
    COBRA Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (Medical Insurance)
    COLA Cost of Living Adjustment
    CPE Continuing Professional Education
    DOL Department of Labor
    EAP Employee Assistance Program
    EBS Employee Benefits Security
    EDP Employee Development Plan
    EE Employee
    EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
    EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    EO Executive Officer
    EOB Explanation of Benefits
    EPA Equal Pay Act
    FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act
    FLSA Fair Labor Standards Act
    FMLA Family and Medical Leave Act
    FSA Flexible Spending Account
    FT Full-Time
    FTE Full-Time Equivalent
    FY Fiscal Year
    HIPAA HIPAA
    HMO Health Maintenance Organization
    HSA Health Savings Account
    I-9 I-9 Employment Eligibility Documentation Form
    IRA Individual Retirement Account
    JD Job Description
    KPI Key Performance Indicators
    KPM Key Performance Measures
    KSA’s Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    L&D Learning and Development
    LMS Learning Management System
    LOA Leave of Absence
    LOS Length of Service
    LR Labor Relations
    LTC Long-Term Care
    LTD Long-Term Disability
    LTE Limited Term Employee
    LWOP Leave Without Pay
    LWP Leave With Pay
    OSHA OSHA
    OT Overtime
    PD Position Description
    PPO Preferred Provider Organization
    PT Part-time
    PTO Paid Time Off
    QR Quarterly Review
    SHRM Society for Human Resource Management
    STD Short-Term Disability
    T&D Training and Development
    WC Worker’s Compensation

    Further Reading

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