The Human Resource department deals with the company’s most valuable asset: PEOPLE. The decisions and actions of HR are at the core of any company’s success.
Amongst other functions, the HR department’s role is to recruit new employees, maintain benefits and payroll, mediate conflict, manage the company’s culture and engage in training and development.
Although it may not be part of their job description, it is highly likely that HR will come face to face with legal issues or disputes within the boxing ring of the workplace.
HR professionals must be well-versed in the various employment laws to ensure effectiveness and compliance when dealing with employees. Although HR are trained specialists, it must be remembered that they are not legal professionals and often struggle when dealing with highly complex legal proceedings.
Furthermore, it is evident that one of the greatest competitive challenges that companies face is adjusting to and embracing continuous change. This is not only relevant for the commercial world but in terms of the national legal changes that take place as well.
Services that will undoubtedly help your HR department be better equipped in the legal field include:
- Ensuring that they have comprehensive employment guides
- Ensuring that tailor-made employment contracts are implemented from the start
- Proper drafting and issuing of warnings
- Labour compliance certification
- Training on CCMA/Bargaining Council litigation
- Independent chairing of disciplinary inquiries
- Mutual interest dispute management
It is important for HR specialists to embrace a proactive approach to retain an engaged workplace, mitigate risk and maintain compliance. It is thus pivotal that HR employees continuously look through an “employment law lens” when making decisions and taking actions.
In the words of Socrates, “The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.” Allow The Labour Counsel to ensure that your legal knowledge is up-to-date and thus ease the troubles of your HR department.
The Labour Counsel will ensure that employers, especially HR, are aware of the most recent case law, the rules of evidence and how to achieve certain outcomes at the CCMA or bargaining councils.