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Responsibilities of the Human Resources Department

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Responsibilities of the Human Resources Department it is the responsibility of the human resources department to ensure that the organisation recruits the correct staff and that the staffs are trained to ensure that the business meets its aims and annual targets. Our function is absolutely central to the success of the business. Sometimes in human resources there has to be disciplinary for staff and termination of contracts. What is important is that all staff members are treated fairly and in line with company policy. The Human Resources Department are responsible for four main functions: > Human Resources Planning > Recruitment and Selection > Training and Development > Performance Management. (Needham and Dransfield, 2000) Human resources planning- is a critical part of any manager's job. To guarantee a fully staffed business of productive employees, managers must take the time to plan how their organisation should be structured, establish the grade level and types of employees needed to meet the organisation's aims, regard the employees' developmental requirements, and take into account probable changes due to workload shifts. ...read more.


Ongoing tracking and analysis of all recruitment activities and sources also saves time and money by targeting the most productive sources of high-quality candidates. (www.web.lmi.org/acqbook/planning/, 2003) "Informal" recruitment processes, for example word of mouth, can be extremely effective in meeting recruitment needs. Contacts with family and friends and with associates at meetings and conferences are often primary sources of information for a candidate regarding the position. Current employees can also provide recommendations regarding good sources of candidates. Information about current vacancies should be circulated widely throughout the business to help with informal recruitment, potential growth, and future opportunities. (www.web.lmi.org/acqbook/planning/, 2003) Another advantage is the use of the Internet. Resumes can be searched online. Also advertising through links on other sites to simplify the process of finding information about your organisation can be a form of advertising posts in the company. (www.web.lmi.org/acqbook/planning/, 2003) Training and Development- Training includes all forms of designed learning experiences and activities intended to create positive changes towards performance and other behaviours such as new skills, values and attitudes. ...read more.


3. The Public Interest Disclosure Act, 1998- covering employees who disclose confidential information. (Class notes, 2003) 4. The Health & Safety at Work Act, 1974- covering working conditions and the provision of safety equipment and hygiene. 5. The National Minimum Wage Act, 1999-making it illegal for employers to pay less than �3.60 per hour to its full-time staff who are aged over 21. (Class notes, 2003) 6. The Equal Pay Act, 1970-stating that pay and working conditions must be equal for employees of the opposite sex who are performing the same work. 7. The Sex Discrimination Act, 1975-stating that it is illegal to discriminate against an employee or an applicant for a job, on the grounds of their sex or their marital status. (Class notes, 2003) 8. The Race Relations Act, 1976- stating that it is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee, or an applicant for a job, on the grounds of their ethnic background. 9. The Disability Discrimination Act, 1995-stating that it is illegal for a business with 20 or more employees to discriminate against an employee, or an applicant for a job, on the grounds of their disability. (Class notes, 2003) ...read more.

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