Every company needs someone who will recruit, make job offers, process payroll, approve leaves of absence, address performance issues, comply with employment legislation, and more.
On PEI, 80 percent of small-to-medium businesses do not have a dedicated internal Human Resources (HR) Manager. Companies with 50 plus employees often have just one person in this role. However, HR functions should generally be carried out by one or several individuals in your organization, regardless of company size.
Who should I go to with questions or issues when there is no HR Manager?
If you feel your rights have been violated, you should address this first with your supervisor and/or manager. If the issue is directly with the individual you report to, it would be appropriate to address your concerns with the decision maker of your department or company.
Depending on the type of organization you work for, management is ultimately responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and/or provincial Employment Standards Legislation, Human Rights legislation, and Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
It is critical that these pieces of legislation are adhered to in order to protect employees and the company, and to avoid potentially costly litigation.
If HR functions have been delegated to different members of your organization, they may not yet have received training in this area or be fully aware of these pieces of legislation. As an employee, you can also become familiar with your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. The approach of working together to address workplace concerns is a mutual responsibility.
To learn more about items such as vacation time, compensation, statutory holidays, occupational health and safety, visit www.peihrtoolkit.ca and click on the Legislation tab. The list of resources also includes contact information if you prefer to seek confidential advice on your situation.
The ability to respectfully work together to address human resource management matters is the key to creating a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant workplace.
About Detry Carragher
As a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), Detry Carragher has led Carvo Group since 2004. The team is consulted regularly by employers, industry groups, and employees from across Atlantic Canada on a range of employment-related topics. Detry’s work extends to several of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and Fortune 500 technology companies, and she has contributed her insights on CBC, CTV, and the national HR Reporter publication. Detry was recently awarded the prestigious HR Award of Excellence, representing Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. She has offered to share her HR insights with Employment Journey readers.
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