Comply With Employment Laws to Reduce Risks
Employment laws require management of the employer-employee relationship in accordance with the law of the land.
These laws are intended to protect employees from unfair treatment by their employers. Knowledge of these laws is essential to recruitment activities.
What are these Laws?
The laws address matters including working hours, working conditions, pay or wage during hospitalization, and even cover foreign workers. One concern is workplace safety and the appointment of people who are experts in this field.
These laws also concern discrimination in the workplace based on race, gender, belief, age, or disability.
These may impose standards on employers on benefits, such as health insurance, group insurance covering cases of personal accident and death or injuries in the course of performing work.
These laws vary from country to country. Depending on how extensive or the objectives of these laws, employee-employer relationship may swing in favor of one or the other. In a common market, the laws in member countries may give way to laws applicable to every member-country.
Sources of HR Legal Obligations
It is essential that your organization conducts an 'HR due diligence' exercise to ensure compliance with existing laws.
Failure to follow provisions of the law is expensive in terms of money, time and negative publicity when your organization is dragged before the law courts.
Pay particular attention to sources of legal obligations including:
- Employment contract which is either formal (written) or informal (oral agreement)
- Essential terms and conditions including:
Statutes governing labor and employment
- Salary / wages
- Annual leave
- Confidential information
- Duties and responsibilities (including supervisory responsibilities)
- Hours of work
- Work location and transfer / secondment terms
- Promotion policy and produces
- Discipline policy and procedures
- Overtime pay
An example is a collective agreement which is usually governed by the Trade Unions Act effective in the mother or adopted country of the organization.
Awards by state or federal tribunals
These usually indicate the minimum terms and conditions of employment.
The common law which is case law developed by the court system.
The majority of these laws cover the area of employment contracts.
The relevant matters include:
- Recruitment and Selection
- Human Right and Equal Employment Opportunities
- Job advertisement
- The Job Interview
- Occupational Health and Safety Requirements
Dismissal and Termination
Dismissal and termination are serious matters. This is why employment laws specify clear guidelines when and how organizations can do so. Keep abreast if changes to the law.
Keep Up-to-date with New Employment Laws
Laws change all the time. Statutory laws are made by legislatures. The courts continue to create laws pertaining to HR matters when cases are brought before them for rulings.
It is impossible to keep up-to-date on all the laws. Your legal advisers need to see to it that your organization stays compliant with the law.
As executives, at least get to know well the main provisions of the law governing human resource management.
Comply with Employment Laws
Your organization's activities are subject to the laws of the country where it carries out its business activities.
For example, the information at this link give an indication of the extent and scope of the law. Employment and Labor Law - a Beginners Guide
Avoid Breaking Employment Laws
In order to ensure that no legal provision is broken, it is essential that you equip yourself with a good understanding of
all relevant laws.
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