It's usually the Human Resources Department which briefs the organization about compliance issues. That can prevent lawsuits as well as hits to the brand. Yet, The Wall Street Journal reports that the emerging trend is to eliminate HR. That saves money. It also forces all managers to integrate that mindset into their duties. Or so the thinking goes. Here is the article from WSJ (sub. req.)
Lawyers know this move could prove a gold mine of new business. For instance, it's a complex matter how to comply with the ADA or prevent a complaint to the EEOC about gender or age discrimination. And, what about no intervention in the case of the substance abuser who winds up mowing down co-workers. The families are likely to sue the corporation.
Right now law firms can be pitching seminars on must-dos to corporations which already tossed the official HR department.