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HR and the law: Exploring the role of HR practitioners in compliance with workplace laws in England and Australia

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ConferenceBritish Academy of Management
Conference date(s)6/09/168/09/16

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DateUnpublished - 7 Sep 2016
Original languageEnglish


Legal compliance is traditionally associated with HRM, and theoretical discussion regarding compliance identifies it as a socio-political and explicitly non-economic goal of strategic HRM. Despite the laudable nature of this aim there has been a lack of research into how practitioners experience and are able to execute this role. With an increased focus on the need for more sustainable and responsible business (and HRM), the legal compliance aspect of the role deserves attention. This study reports on the first findings of a qualitative comparative study into the role of HR practitioners in compliance with workplace laws in England and Australia. Thematic and discourse analysis reveals the extent of the challenges practitioners face if they push for compliance, the tensions that inhibit compliance relating to a commercial and business-case
orientated HR discourse around compliance in England, and factors that may make it easier for practitioners to spearhead a more compliant and responsible organisation.

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