HR & Lawyers Working Hand-in-Hand
Summary only. Taken from article originally published in Canadian HR Reporter.
Written by Amanda Silliker.
1 in 4 HR pros consider legal team a strategic partner: Survey.
Citing survey results by both Pulse Survey and a survey done by Canadian HR Reporter, the article features the following statistics:
- 28% of HR professionals across the country consider their lawyer a strategic business partner
- 26% consider their lawyers partners in some aspects of strategic planning
- 69% believe their lawyer understands both the practical and legal sides of HR
- 46% only use their lawyer for transactional support
- 77% have consulted a lawyer more than twice in the past year
- 42% of those who did not consult a lawyer cited that they did not have the authority to do so
- 96% said lawyers are either ‘sometimes’ or ‘always’ worth the money
The article points out that although HR professionals have strategic knowledge themselves – including some background in employment law and know what policies to put in place to be proactive against litigation – most do recognize the value and “rely on employment lawyers for direction and advice in many aspects of their human resources practice.”
“The most prevalent reasons why lawyers are consulted are hiring and terminations, policy work and accommodation issues – but lawyers are also engaged to consult on contracting out work, misconduct in the workplace, health and safety and organizational changes.”
Whatever the issue, it is clear from the survey results and the written commentary, that HR professionals and lawyers are working hand-in-hand where feasible.
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