Time for CHRP to tackle law (Editor’s notes)

Knowledge of employment law is essential to HR profession
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/08/2010

The Pulse Survey in this issue (see article 7536) posed an interesting question: Should the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation include a knowledge requirement for workplace legislation?

The short answer from the majority of respondents is yes — and it’s the right opinion.

General knowledge of the laws that affect workplaces is a must-have for every HR professional, regardless of tenure, company size or jurisdiction. There are myriad ways employers can misstep during an employment relationship, from the beginning (asking the wrong question in an interview) to the end (wrongfully dismissing an employee).