Human Resources and Legal Affairs: The Power of Working Together

Legal By: Eileen Morgan Johnson, CAE and Rhonda Lees, CAE

When an association's human resources team and its attorneys work together, they can prevent an HR issue from blowing up into a serious legal problem. Here are the critical areas for collaboration.

Depending on number of staff, complexity of issues, and general risk tolerance, associations may have separate Human Resources and Legal Affairs divisions. Organizations set up their internal functions in different ways: HR may report to Legal, leadership of Legal and HR may be combined in one position, or they may be separate positions reporting to a chief operations officer or chief executive officer. ...