If you’re a manager in a big company with it's own Human Resources section, you may think you don’t need to know employment law. After all, if you get into any trouble, you have an entire HR department to back you up.
Alternatively, if you’re a middle manager in a small business with significantly fewer employees, you might believe employment law is irrelevant to you. It’s not as if you don’t have enough on your plate learning new skills and taking on extra responsibilities for the day-to-day running of your department, is it?
You’re not a lawyer or a HR specialist, so why should you ‘waste’ time learning employment law? Surely your job is ensuring employees are productive and helping the company to make money; nothing else really matters, especially if it’s going to take your attention away from that.
If you’ve said any of these things to yourself since being promoted to manager, I have to tell you that you’re...