Human resources law is a component of labor and employment law that includes the federal and state laws and regulations that concern human resources professionals.
HR professionals must monitor and advise managers on issues related to hiring, firing, employee benefits, wages, paychecks, and overtime, along with safety, privacy, and preventing discrimination and harassment within the workplace. They are tasked with being familiar with local, state, and federal employment laws to effectively and legally address the question with company personnel. The HR staff must create and apply employee handbooks and manuals, as well as creating and administering company policies, programs, and procedures.
An Endless List of Potential Issues
The human resources department at any company must deal with a multitude of issues. Here is a short list of examples:
- Preventing Harassment;
- Preventing Discrimination;
- Drugs, alcohol, and other controlled substances;
- Electronic communications policies;
- Workplace violence;
- Conflicts of interest;
- Confidential information; and
- Employee termination.
Human resources professionals and managers at companies large and small must be up-to-date with current state and federal employment laws. Failing to comply with current law can be costly. Our employment law attorneys advise our clients on issues that arise every day in Arizona companies, such as privacy in the workplace, employee medical records, job applications and job interviews, drug testing, promotions, and compensation. Speak with a knowledgeable human resources attorney at Murphy Cordier Casale Axel PLC to stay current with issues in employment law that have critical consequences to every company.