Human Resources and Employment Law

The human resources (“HR”) function is at the forefront of a company’s efforts with respect to two of the key elements of organizational design—people and organizational structure.  While HR practices differ around the world, it would seem to be universally true that in order for companies to successfully achieve their strategic goals and objectives they must strive to attract, motivate, and retain those employees who are best qualified to carry out the necessary activities of the company and make sure that they are placed into the right spots in the most effective organizational structure.  The traditional role of HR was perceived as being largely administrative—recruiting and interviewing prospective employees, administering benefit plans and writing policies—and is often referred to as the “personnel administration” approach; however, forward thinking companies now realize that the HR function must be part of the company’s strategic planning activities and that HR leaders must engage in what is common referred to as “human resources management”, or “HRM”, strategy, and proactively suggest new policies and initiatives to the senior executives of the company to ensure that the company has access to appropriate knowledge and talent in each of the markets where it is active. The personality profile for HR managers and specialists has also changed radically in recent years due to the fact that the HR function now provides a wide array of services to persons throughout the company’s organizational structure including training and development, job analysis, oversight of workplace conditions and mediation of disputes between employees and the company.

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Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual offers in-house counsel, or outside counsel acting as the primary legal and compliance adviser to a company, a comprehensive set of materials on how to establish, manage, and grow the law and compliance function. You’ll benefit from the author’s insights based on over two decades of experience with internationally recognized law firms as a partner and senior counsel member. Topics covered include organizing and managing the law and compliance function; managing a company’s intellectual property rights; human resources; and international compliance issues. Other manual features include forms and checklists available in print and on CD-ROM.

Human Resources

Employment Agreements

Executive Compensation and Benefits

Stock Incentive Plans and Agreements

Employee Law Compliance

Independent Contractors

Employee Handbooks and Policies

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (POWERED BY SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT) The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project engages in and promotes research, education and training activities relating to entrepreneurial ventures launched with the aspiration to create sustainable enterprises that achieve significant growth in scale and value creation through the development and commercialization of innovative products or services which form the basis for a successful international business.  The Project is also involved in collecting, analyzing and disseminating information about regional and national efforts around the world to support and expand sustainable entrepreneurship.  The Project has launched of its own portfolio of timely and practical information in the form of comprehensive libraries for sustainable entrepreneurs.  Libraries that are particularly relevant to human resources and employment include the following:

WEBINARS AND OTHER CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENTS

West Legal Ed Center Click for list of all programs presented by the Institute on West Legal Ed Center.  Programs relating to human resources and employment include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):

Business Counselor Institute on West Legal Ed Center

  • Employee Handbooks and Policies (06.2016)
  • Counseling the Human Resources Function (09.16)

Beyond the Bar Training Programs

  • Counseling the Human Resources Function
  • Agreements and Procedures for New Employees
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies
  • Independent Contractors
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employee Confidentiality and Innovations Agreements
  • Employee Noncompetition and Nonsolicitation Agreements
  • Recruitment and Hiring
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Discipline and Termination
  • Discrimination and Harassment
  • Workplace Privacy and Safety
  • FLSA/Wage and Hour Rules

ARTICLES

Human Resources and Employment Articles from Business Counselor Institute

Human Resources Articles from Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project