Beaumont, Texas (Reuters) – When your company needs a human resources professional, you might not want to hire a lawyer.
But hiring a lawyer is a bad idea for many businesses, according to a new report by the law firm Jenner & Block LLP.
The firm’s report says many employers have been reluctant to hire attorneys for years, citing the costs and risks.
Many firms are taking a wait-and-see approach to hiring new HR professionals and other employees, but that may not be a good move if you’re already struggling with the hiring process, said Caitlin McLean, director of Jenner & Barlow LLP’s Human Resources Practice.
Many companies, including some that are already struggling, are also reluctant to take the time to identify and fix issues that could hamper hiring, McLean said.
“We believe there’s a lot of bad advice that is out there that is really damaging,” McLean told Reuters.
In particular, the firm found that many companies hire a human resource specialist who may not necessarily have the right skillsets.
“The risk that a HR specialist doesn’t have the training to work with HR, that’s just not a good idea,” Mclean said.
Companies may be hesitant to hire experienced HR professionals because they fear a HR professional will not be able to address the HR issues that led to the hiring freeze, the report said.
Some HR professionals are also fearful of getting hired by the new company because of their age and experience, it said.
Many HR professionals who are younger than 65 may be too old to handle HR issues, said McLean.
For instance, in an HR professional’s job description, the term “HR Supervisor” is often used to describe a person who works in HR but is not HR manager.
But, according the report, many HR professionals over 65 are still in the HR industry.
“It’s a real risk that older HR professionals may not know how to do this,” McLeod said.
To fix that, she suggested companies look at how they can address the age and inexperience of HR professionals.
“They need to have an open and honest discussion about their hiring process.
You have to understand their age.
And they need to be able tell you if they’re the right age to handle this,” she said.
In a separate report, the law firms said companies are more likely to hire lawyers who are “lawyers for hire” rather than lawyers themselves.
The term “lawyer for hire,” which was coined by the Supreme Court in the 1950s, refers to people who work for law firms to represent clients and represent clients on their behalf.
“Some employers are reluctant to pay lawyers for hire because of the expense of hiring them, especially when they’re older,” the law reports said.
However, the firms said it’s important to look at the “legality of using the term” and that “the legal profession has developed a clear set of practices for avoiding hiring lawyers for hires, including avoiding hiring them on the basis of age or lack of legal education.”
Companies need to take a holistic approach to the HR hiring process that includes looking at the following questions:What are the legal questions that are relevant to HR hiring?
What are some HR practices that companies should follow in their HR hiring decisions?
What is the legal advice that HR professionals should follow when making hiring decisions regarding HR issues?