The purpose of this paper is to describe the role and functions of the legal and regulatory compliance. I will provide a synopsis of what I observed during the learning experience. In addition I will provide an analysis of their primary roles and functions as they relate to nursing and patient services. Also, I will provide insights I have gained into the leadership behaviors or style as a result of my observations. Finally I will summarize my learning experience by comparing my observations to sources from the literature that present evidence, best practices, or standards related to this specific role.
Description of the Role and Functions
Throughout these learning experiences in human resources I have identified that the legal and regulatory affairs as it relates to our health care organization are managed throughout HR as it relates to their specialty. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) oversees and provides workers, employers, job seekers, and retirees with federal employment laws to protect their wages, health benefits, retirement security, employment rights, safety, and health of America’s workforce (United States Department of Labor, 2012b). There are many legal and regulatory laws that impact the way different roles of the human resources function; such as Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), American Disability Act (ADA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and pension plans. During this past week I had the opportunity to meet with Elaine Copeland for a few hours. She is responsible for managing these legal and regulatory affairs. During my limited time with her I had learned so much about these laws and regulations and how it impacts us as employees, as well as her challenges as her responsibility is to align the organization with these specific guidelines and laws. I did not realize how complex her role is. Elaine’s role is to understand the provisions, manage its use effectively, and monitor compliance for the various laws. In order to be effective in this position one needs to have excellent organization skills, communication skills, and a strong knowledge base about the laws that govern safe and fair practice.
During this learning experience I had the opportunity to spend a few hours and learn about various laws and acts and how they impact all employees throughout the organization. Approximately 10% to 15% of the organization’s employees at any one time are involved with FMLA. FMLA is tricky as there are clear requirements that need to be followed in order to qualify. If the hospital is found to be in violation of FMLA they can be heavily fined. There are also time limitations for when human resources needs to notify an employee about their rights. It’s a lot of work to manage, therefore effective communication is essential for compliance. In order to monitor and keep up with all the employees with FMLA and paperwork she shared with me a FMLA tracker, which is a software program allowing her manage...