Challenges to Legal Compliance

Several challenges confront managers attempting to comply with HR law. These include a dynamic legal landscape, the complexity of regulations, conflicting strategies for fair employment, and unintended consequences.

A Dynamic Legal Landscape

A quick scan of the Appendix to this chapter clearly demonstrates that many laws affect the practice of HRM. Several have been passed in the last decade.

The opinions handed down in court cases add to this dynamic environment. For example, in 1971 the Supreme Court handed down a landmark civil rights decision in a case titled Griggs v. Duke Power.8 Among other things, this decision placed a heavy burden of proof on the employer in an employment discrimination case. Normally, ...

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