CHRP needs law requirement: Survey

Legal knowledge helps HR perform duties
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/03/2010

HR professionals need at least a basic understanding of workplace legislation and, as such, that knowledge should be a requirement of the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, according to the latest Pulse Survey.

“We need to know the basics of employment law. At the very least, we need to know what laws apply or the types of law that apply,” said Shawnee Love, an HR consultant in Kelowna, B.C.

The survey of 1,265 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association found 92.9 per cent think a basic understanding of employment law is “quite,” “very” or “absolutely” important to performing one’s duties as an HR professional.