Human Resources Law
Human Resources (HR) Law is related to Labor and Employment law and encompasses the various laws and regulations specific to HR professionals. It deals with the issues that HR professionals must contend with in the majority of their work functions, predominantly in overseeing and managing duties related to hiring, firing, employee benefits, wages, paychecks, and overtime. It may also pertain to workplace safety, privacy; and preventing discrimination and harassment.
Local, state, and federal employment laws all play a role in human resources, and HR professionals must be familiar with a wide array of different statutory and regulatory authorities in order to effectively and lawfully deal with company personnel. Common matters of concern to HR managers include employee handbooks/manuals, establishing policies and procedures, affirmative action programs and policies, government contract and wage laws, human resources compliance audits, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, plant closing laws, substance abuse and drug testing laws, and unemployment compensation.
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Human Resources Law - US
- ABA - Section of Labor and Employment Law
The Section of Labor and Employment Law is your link to information that matters to you. Our 22,000+ members represent all perspectives of labor and employment law: employer, union, employee, public, and neutral. All are committed to a balanced discussion of employment issues in the United States and abroad.
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal statute of the United States. It applies to employees engaged in interstate commerce or employed by an enterprise engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce, unless the employer can claim an exemption from coverage. The FLSA established a national minimum wage, guaranteed 'time-and-a-half' for overtime in certain jobs, and prohibited most employment of minors in "oppressive child labor," a term that is defined in the statute
- Human Resources - Definition
Human resources is a term used to describe the individuals who comprise the workforce of an organization, although it is also applied in labor economics to, for example, business sectors or even whole nations. Human resources is also the name of the function within an organization charged with the overall responsibility for implementing strategies and policies relating to the management of individuals (i.e. the human resources). This function title is often abbreviated to the initials 'HR'.
- Labor Management Relations Act
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is sometimes called the Wagner Act, after its principal sponsor, Senator Robert Wagner of New York. The NLRA was amended in 1947 by the Taft-Hartley Act. The NLRA as amended is known as the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). In the United States Code, the Act begins at 29 U.S.C. §141.
- United States Department of Labor
Our Mission: To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.
Organizations Related to Human Resources Law
- EEO Compliance and Operations Divisions (EEOCO)
The goal of the EEO Compliance and Operations Division (EEOCO) is to ensure every HHS employee/applicant for employment has equal access to EEO services, timely resolution of their complaint and equitable remedy. EEOCO consists of two components: 1) EEO Compliance Team and 2) EEO Operations Team.
- HHS - Office of Human Resources (OHR)
The Office of Human Resources (OHR) provides leadership to the development and assessment of the Department's human resources program and policies. In coordination with the Operating Divisions (OPDIVs), OHR designs human resource programs that support and enhance the HHS mission. It provides technical assistance to the OPDIVs in building the capacity to evaluate the effectiveness of their human resource programs and policies.
- HR Policy Association
HR Policy Association is the lead public policy organization of chief human resource officers from large employers. The Association consists of over 300 of the largest corporations doing business in the United States and globally. These major employers are represented in the organization by their most senior human resource executive. Collectively, their companies employ more than 18 million employees worldwide and have a combined market capitalization of more than $7.5 trillion. These senior corporate officers participate in the Association because of their passionate interest in the direction of human resource policy.
- Industrial Workers of the World
Workers and their employers do not have the same interests. Workers want shorter hours, higher pay, and better benefits. The easiest way to stand up for each other in our workplaces and communities and the easiest way to improve our working conditions is to join a union.
- Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (formerly the Institute of Industrial Relations) has fully renovated its Library. The new Library Commons mirrors the “homey” feel of IRLE's historic landmark building, while advancing a new array of digital and traditional library services.
- National Human Resources Association (NHRA)
Established in 1951, the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) is focused on advancing the development and leadership of human resource professionals. Through professional programs and services offered across the country, we strive to support human resource professionals throughout their career life cycle - from intern to executive - as Human Resources leads the way for change in today's businesses
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India.
Publications Related to Human Resources Law
- Human Resource Management Guide (HRM)
Managing people, human capital and culture - Human Resource Management (HRM) is critical for business success. HRM Guide publishes articles and news releases about HR surveys, employment law, human resource research, HR books and careers that bridge the gap between theory and practice.
- Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers and Specialists
Every organization wants to attract, motivate, and retain the most qualified employees and match them to jobs for which they are best suited. Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and specialists provide this connection. In the past, these workers performed the administrative function of an organization, such as handling employee benefits questions or recruiting, interviewing, and hiring new staff in accordance with policies established by top management. Today's human resources workers manage these tasks, but, increasingly, they consult with top executives regarding strategic planning. They have moved from behind-the-scenes staff work to leading the company in suggesting and changing policies.
Articles on HG.org Related to Human Resources Law
- Employee Social Behavior: The New Business EnvironmentThere is unease and confusion among both people in the workforce and business leaders over the changing nature of labor law, and developing changes in employer-employee relationships.
- NYC Creates Claim Against Employers for Avoiding Cooperative Dialogues with Disabled WorkersA new law creates an independent cause of action against employers in New York City for avoiding cooperative dialogues with disabled employees or other eligible employees. (#CooperativeDialogue; #Disability; #InteractiveProcess; #ReasonableAccommodation)
- America's Opioid Crisis Is Now in the Workplace: How Employers Can Manage the CrisisThe American workplace is reaping the fallout from a drug-infested society.
- How Does Your Business Manage Romance in the WorkplaceIn today's corporate world, employers are dealing with romantic relationships and the fallout from those relationships.
- NBA's Dallas Mavericks Face Claims of Sexual Harassment and Hostile WorkplaceSports Illustrated has reported this past week that the Dallas Mavericks face multiple claims of both hostile workplace and sexual harassment.
- Is 50 the New 40 in Disparate-Impact Age Discrimination Claims?It's been a little more than a year since the Third Circuit held that a subgroup of employees age 50 or older may allege age discrimination in favor of younger employees who were age 40 or older under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).
- The Department of Labor Issues New Guidelines When Hiring InternsIn reaction to very recent decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Benjamin v B & H Education, Inc, the United States Department of Labor has discarded its six-part test for determining whether interns and students are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act as it pertains to for-profit employers.
- Top 3 Legal Pitfalls Small Businesses EncounterWith an industrial spirit, and enviable ambition, many small business owners leave no stone unturned in the marketplace. They see opportunity at every turn, and innovation knocking at each door. The sole focus of many small business owners is how to connect their talent, insight, and products with the millions of marketplace consumers.
- New York’s Highest Court Expands Availability of Punitive Damages under the New York City Human Rights LawNew York City Wrongful Termination Attorney David S. Rich explains that New York's court of last resort recently lowered the standard for obtaining punitive damages under the New York City Human Rights Law.
- Why HR Departments May Fail Victims of HarassmentHuman Resources Departments are charged with protecting the company, not necessarily the employee.
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