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Dear All, I am an HR Generalist. I would like to know whether a degree in Law is important to progress in HR career. Also, can we pursue a diploma program in company law/IR/LR? Regards Alankrita
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Any addl. qualification is an added advantage but not compulsory. Pon
It depends on the type of industry in which you are working as a HR generalist. For example, in the manufacturing/ Construction & Infrastructure sectors, and others with a large population of Blue collar employees (called Industrial/ non-Industrial workers), any qualification which helps in managing legal & industrial-relations oriented problems/ issues will certainly be to your advantage. For industries having most of their employees as white collared, it may be better to have in -depth knowledge & understanding of KRAs/ Goal setting processes, KPIs, Competency mapping & how to evolve employee development plans.
Decision rests on personal preferences.

Reference your query, I feel what's important is your own interest.

First you think to ask yourself, are you interested in handling legal, IR, Labour welfare causes. If you have the aptitude and time for it, then you need to ensure you're in a job profile as an HR generalist where you can apply the learning. If yes, to all of the above, then you should pursue Law, but remember its a 05 yr course. So once you make up your mind, keep you goal and be time ready. Post this you're main industries will be where the is a large concentration of Blue collar employees .

However, if you're interest as an HR generalist lies in area of employee engagement, compensation/benefit, Talent acquisition, OD, Employee life cycle; then you may consider a Diploma in Labour laws and concentrate on working in relevant Job profile with training in the field of interest. Here you have a wider range of industries and profiles you can handle. Moreover the knowledge can be acquired thru short term courses as well.

Either way I feel an HR professional with any specialisation, should have at least a Diploma in Labour Laws, because none of the areas can be operated independently without at least basic knowledge of the regulatory framework within which you are required to work.

The choice depends on your preference and ability to dedicate the required time line. Best wishes for whichever field you choose..

Warm regards,

Deena Jagasia
Dear friend
It is depend upon your interest in the field. HR need not required labour law or law. They are only motivators of human values not punishing any human.But it is better to know Grievance and counselling, Social work etc
Any qualification that you acquire now, will become an asset for you at the latter part of life. Acquiring legal qualification will help you in advising labour or management in interpreting judgements. You can become a labour law consultant later on.
I do concur with the views expressed by the learned friends so far. Whether you are a HR Generalist or otherwise, knowledge of the laws of land acquired through systematic learning will sharpen your intellect and help you understand the legal problems if any you come across your career as well as solutions you rceieve from the specialists in this regard. You can try the B.A.L Degree [ Bachelor of Academic Laws ] offered by the Annamalai University in Distance Learning Mode.
I go with the view that a qualification in law will be handy to a HR professional but is not essential. As Hr professional, one does not deal with complex issues of law in day to day labour administration. In fact I know some HR people with non-legal qualification.being endowed with better legal acumen than those with qualifications in law.What is essential is to get a hang of legal language and is the ability to to understand the legal provisions in their plain sense but not a qualification in law.If you are one endowed with analytical skills and some aptitude for legal reading,it will suffice. You can think of doing a short term course in labour welfare instead.
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DearSir, Visit where you will find the requirement of HRs with Legal Dgree and Exposure. It is excellent for a HR having a legal degree.. Sr. Manager HR & Legal, TKEECON P. LTD
Mr. Pati,
I had only said that for a competent HR professional, Law degree is not mandatory for
discharging his duties & responsibilities.
It is an unwritten fact - "the more.. the better is"
In that spirit, "more qualifications.. better challenges"
R K Nair
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