Legal & Ethical Obligations of HR Professionals


The HR function is probably one of the most challenging functions faced by HR professionals as they negotiate the ever changing HR landscape.It is undoubted that employee issues are increasing in many unfamiliar ways. These include physical and mental health issues, new forms of employment relationships and compensation.HR professionals face the difficult task of satisfying the needs of employers and ensuring that the rights of employees are not inadvertently or deliberately violated by virtue of the HR decisions which are made.

The HR professional must consider decisions within a legal and ethical framework. Legal implications can include litigation or settlement while ethical implications can impact on the image of the HR professional and the organisation whose interests they represent.It is vital that the HR professional continually updates his/her toolkit with strategies based on occurrences on the HRM horizon and proactively applies newfound knowledge.It is equally important that the HR professional also keeps abreast of court judgments, HR interventions and ethical areas of concern with respect to HRM both locally and internationally.

Target Audience

This workshop would be beneficial to:

  • Management Personnel
  • Human Resource Management Practitioners
  • Supervisory Staff
  • Business Owners

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the legal framework within which modern HR managers operate
  • Identify critical ethical challenges which the HR professional faces within the contemporary HRM environment
  • Identify modern day employment forms and the impact of same
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the issue of diversity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the provisions of the Workplace Policy on HIV and Aids and the implications of same on the employer
  • Identify the role of the HRM professional in the drafting of policy guidelines to govern mental and physical disabilities and the treatment of same
  • Analyse situations which could create genuine undue hardship for employers in the employer/employee relationship
  • Discuss recommended courses of action for the HRM professional in respect of the maintenance of a legal and ethical environment

Programme Outline

Module 1

Unit 1: The legal framework of HRM.
Unit 2: Ethics and the HRM professional- balancing the rights of employers and
alternative forms of employment

Module 2

Unit 1: Defining diversity and disability
Unit 2: The Employer's obligations in the workplace
Unit 3:
- The Employee's obligation and rights in the workplace
- Vicarious Liability
Unit 4: Undue hardship or avoidance

Module 3

Unit 1:
- Compliance
- Policies and procedures for successful HRM
Unit 2: Strategies for maintaining an ethical HR environment

Facilitator: Ms. Janet Peters

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Date View Event Calendar
Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 2 Days
Cost TT $3,800.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Tamara Edwards - ext. 157
Rameshwar Santlal - ext. 123



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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