HR Legal Needs Heart: Texas Lawyer


Alan Bush is a freelance contributor for Texas Lawyer. His latest article, “HR Legal Needs Heart” appeared in the In-House Focus section on September 1, 2017.

HR legal needs more than a good head on its shoulders – it needs a good heart in its chest. Here’s what Alan had to say about it:

“Dad, you’re speeding. How do you want me to drive when I get my license?” asked my 10-year-old daughter. “You’re killing me, smalls,” ran through my mind. But then it hit me – my daughters watch my respect for the law. My heart wasn’t right, and they saw it in my actions. Time to get my heart straight.

Actions follow the heart. King Solomon wrote a proverb about it: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Even Friedrich Nietzsche saw it: “The thousand mysteries around us would not trouble but interest us, if only we had cheerful, healthy hearts.”

HR’s legal advisers also need a clean heart. Employees (and juries) can sniff out heart in how a company treats its people. They can smell the difference a mile away…

In the article, Alan lays out how having a heart matters on:

  • Disability accommodations;
  • Paid maternity and paternity leave;
  • Paid mission leave; and
  • Performance management.