Labor lawThe first HR challenge in a union environment is labor law. Many human resourcesdepartments have employee relations specialists who investigate workplace issues anddevelop employee recognition programs. The challenge that HR department faces in aunionized work environment has the in-house expertise to handle labor-managementmatters. Some employee relations specialists are qualified in both labor relations andlabor law. As Mike mentioned, they do not have certified lawyers or consultants to dealwith those labor laws, yet, they have people who are very experienced and read much lawbefore and believe that they are adequate to be the in-house expertise in dealing withlabor-management issues.Collective BargainingThe second common HR challenge in a union environment is collective bargaining.Depending on the complexity of the collective bargaining agreement, the HR departmenthas to prepare for contract negotiations with the labor union several weeks to severalmonths in advance of the expiration date of the agreement. During the time leading up to
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Organizational studies and human resource management,Trade union,Grievance,labor union