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Talk to an HR Representative at your company. If your company does not have an HR Representative, talk to a friend or family member who works in HR. Find out and record the answers to the questions below. After recording the responses received, provide a paragraph summarizing your thoughts concerning the information you learned and your thoughts relative to how that HR Representative might improve upon his/her knowledge in the field (do not share your thoughts with that HR Representative). This assignment should be no more than three double-spaced pages in length.

1. What type of training did you receive in order to perform your job?
2. Did you receive training on statutes such as ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and Title VII?
3. Which statute do you find yourself dealing with most often?
4. Describe the most challenging employee problem you had to deal with related to one of those statutes, and how was it resolved (omit the name(s) of the employees)?
5. What is the most common/routine type of employee relation issue you have to deal with?
6. Do you interact with legal counsel, either house counsel (in-house), hired outside counsel to represent the company, or opposing counsel representing the employee? Which ones and how often?
7. What dispute resolution mechanisms does your company utilize when trying to resolve employee relation concerns?

If you could give one piece of job advice to a new HR Representative on how to best handle their new responsibilities, what would it be?

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Employment Law HR Representative Survey

1. What type of training did you receive in order to perform your job?

This depends on the individual answering this question. In my case I began with business management and administrative courses and ultimately took a labor relations course. That is how I found out about a specialization in HR at the bachelor level. A good overview of my education is based on employment law, the aforementioned labor relations, compensation and benefits, training and development, human resources development, and basic psychology classes. In addition, training is a part of the dynamic nature of HR and there are constant conferences, seminars, and lectures that I attend every year.

2. Did you receive training on statutes such as ADA, FMLA, ADEA, and Title VII?

A major portion of HR involves EEO laws and procedures that affect hiring, promoting, and terminating employees. As an HR professional it is vital that you receive training in federal and state laws such as, Title VII, FMLA, and Uniform Guidelines practices. One of the challenges of being an HR professional is remaining current in relationship to the legal aspects of the position. Case law is being created every day that affects the interaction of employees and employers, and as a result, true HR professionals spend a lot of time reviewing new legal issues that could impact the organization's they serve.

3. Which statute do you find yourself dealing with most often?

Once again this depends on who's answering the question. If an HR professional is involved in manufacturing or the construction industry ...

Solution Summary

The following response provides insight into an HR representatives perspective regarding the associated questions. The response also includes in-text citations and references.

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