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Though the employee's husband did spend nearly four weeks being involved in the healing ministry, "nearly half of the trip was spent not in faith healing, but visiting friends, family, and local churches" (FEPG).
The bottom line is that the FMLA won't permit employees to take leave when it is a vacation with a "seriously ill spouse" -- even if caring for the spouse is an "incidental consequence" of bringing him along on a vacation. Not only was the employee's claim for unfairness vis-a-vis FMLA denied, her petition for "associational discrimination" in violation of the ADA was not approved as well.
The FMLA was a politically hot potato even before the presidential election of 1992. The first two versions of FMLA were vetoed by George Harold alker Bush, and during the 1992 presidential election, candidates Bill Clinton and Bob Dole debated the merits of the proposed legislation. In the end…… [Read More]
Family Medical Leave Act
Before the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law in 1993, the United States was among the few industrialized nations with no such legislation in place.
Employees had to make do with piecemeal legislation, such as the Pregnancy Discrimination Act or with leaves won through union contracts or policies with more enlightened employers.
The FMLA, however, was a controversial piece of legislation. On one side, employers decried the effects the law were expected to have on their businesses. Many employees and union members, on the other hand, found the FMLA legislation not comprehensive enough and leave process too complicated.
A decade after its enactment, this paper evaluates the accomplishments of the FMLA.
The first part of this paper gives an overview of FMLA benefits and traces the history of FMLA legislation. In the second part, the paper examines the FMLA how both employees,…… [Read More]
The already-begun and ongoing retirement of the so-called "Baby Boomer" generation already has many employers worried concerning the size and effectiveness of the workforce, and appropriate use of the Family Medical Leave Act is essential to ensure that the United States still has a large and energetic pool of workers available for employers (Brown 2005; Holmes 2008).
The most obvious constraints on employees seeking leave under the Family Medical Leave Act are the qualifications for taking a leave under the Act. The birth or adoption of a child is a rather straightforward scenario, and bears little comment here. Defining the seriousness of a medical condition, either in the employee or in the employee's immediate family member, is a more complex and ambiguous task, however. Only "a serious health condition that males the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of such an employee" makes someone eligible for leave…… [Read More]
In other words, under the FMLA, employees could for instance choose to work 24 weeks on part time basis. Also, an employee could take a weekly leave every month, or any other type of combination he finds most suitable for his condition. The worker is asked to make a request for FMLA leave 30 days before he intends to leave and he might be asked to hand in documents attesting the necessity for his leave. Additionally, considering that husband and wife both work for the same employer, they cannot benefit simultaneously from FMLA to care for the same new born, sick child, adopted child or parent (Vikesland, 2006).
4. Benefits of FMLA
Human esource Managers have often complained about the difficulty and complexity of implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act, arguing the side effects it has upon the company, but also the bureaucracy and the multitude of laws protecting…… [Read More]
Becoming a new mother can be very exciting as well as very stressful. Many soon-to-be mothers worry about having enough time to spend with the child, being financially stable, and if their jobs would allow them to take off if needed. In today's workforce; is there really enough time set for maternity leave? Employers can be very demanding and not be aware of how motherhood truly affects women. Employers should consider changing their policies regarding treatment of mothers and mothers-to-be because families would benefit from it. There have been questions about making a policy to have parental leave, which would allow men and women to take a leave of absence when a baby is born. This, however takes away from maternity leave because it disregards what women go though when giving child birth if men are given the same rights. Therefore, instituting paternal leave will counteract the discrimination women…… [Read More]
Female Police Officers and Maternity Leave
Female police officers, much like female firefighters and females in the military, are a fairly recent development and evolution in history that was long overdue and met with some resistance initially. hile females have experienced and overcome barriers to entry in numerous occupations, female police officers, female firefighters, and females in the military have had to deal with a culture and mentality that was (and still is to some degree) so firmly entrenched, i.e., the good old boys network taken to its extreme. Although certain individuals in society may believe that females should be excluded from becoming police officers, firefighters, or from joining the military due to their perceived emotional and/or physical weakness, the reality is that countless females are as qualified, if not more qualified, than their male counterparts. In addition, once a female becomes a police officer, firefighter, or joins the military,…… [Read More]
Easing the Parenthood Pinch:
A Plan for Modernizing the American Attitude towards Parental Leave
Americans pride themselves on their high standing in the developed world. e have a strong government, a premier military, a vibrant and diverse culture, and a significant presence in the world economy. Despite these advantages, many Americans find themselves woefully behind the other nations of the world regarding an issue that should lie at the heart of our society -- how we value our children and how we treat those responsible for raising them. During the rapid growth of the American economy in the 20th century, the impact of a competitive and demanding job market on working parents was rarely acknowledged, let alone legislated. As a result, America now finds itself among only three other nations (Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, and Lesotho) who refuse to provide government-mandated paid leave to parents with newborns (Moms…… [Read More]
Family Medical Leave Act was enacted in 1993 with the main aim of providing certain rights and responsibilities to employees. This legislation provides some entitlements to employees such as the basic leave entitlement and military family leave entitlements. Notably, the act also includes other provisions like the benefits and protections during the leave, eligibility requirements, description of serious health condition, use of leave, substitution of paid leave for unpaid leave. Furthermore, the legislation also states employee responsibilities, employer responsibilities, unlawful acts by employers, and enforcement of FMLA.
Under the Family Medical Leave Act, covered employers are required to offer up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave to eligible employees for several reasons. These reasons include incapacity because of pregnancy, care for the worker's spouse or family member with serious health condition, care for employee's child after birth, and for a serious health condition that makes it difficult for the…… [Read More]
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed as a reflection of the needs of the modern workplace in which dual career households are often the norm and parents must often balance the demands of work and caring for children and aging parents. The FMLA allows certain classes of employees "unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave" ("FMLA," 2015). Up to 12 workweeks of leave every 12-month period is covered by the Act for the birth and care of a newborn; the placement of an adoptive child or foster child; caring for a close family member with a serious health condition; the employee's own serious health issue or a family issue which arises "out of the fact that the employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a…… [Read More]
Compensation and Benefits: The Family and Medical Leave Act
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The FMLA came into effect on 5th August, 1993. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is responsible for its administration. The law covers all employees in the state, including those in the private sector and a majority of those in the congressional and federal sectors. The law entitles "eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year," in order to attend to specified medical and family issues (AFSCME, 2013). This could extend to 26 weeks, over the same period, in cases that involve serious illness or injury. The decision as to when the one-year period should actually begin is dependent on the employer and the policy of the organization. In the past, the FMLA has been amended a number of times…… [Read More]
Labor and Employment Law
Situation A -- The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 or FMLA was enacted to help employees balance family and work requirements (WHD, 2013). It aims at protecting and helping those with family or personal health problems. The rise in single-parent households and women employees often leads them to compromise work for family or vice versa. The law intends to strike a balance between. If an employer is connected to FMLA, an employee who has worked for one year or 1,250 hours in the preceding year is entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within the 12-month period. The employer is qualified to offer FMLA if it has 50 or more employees. Employee A and his employer are, thus, qualified (WHD).
The qualified employer is obliged by law to grant FMLA leave when the qualified employee requests it with a qualified reason (WHD, 2013).…… [Read More]
Second Opinions for Tough & Smart Care
FLA, FECA, H2457
The federal government (under most current administrations) has tried to address the issue of the nation's need for better healthcare by focusing on improving what is already in place. Two of the regular efforts at this are the FLA (Family Leave Act) and the FECA, or Federal Employees' Compensation Act (DOL, b). The purpose of the first is to provide structured and economically efficient ways for people to be able to leave their positions, without risking their jobs, when they are dealing with either the birth of a child or a critically sick immediate relative. It is also seen as one effort to seek to protect men and women against the problems of gender injustice that can come about if women are challenged in keeping healthcare because of the choice to have children. FECA, on the other hand, seeks to…… [Read More]
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is an addition to the regulations applied to businesses which recognizes the changing nature of the family, and the importance of having a business environment which is supportive of the needs of the family. The FMLA requires employers to grant leaves of absence to employees who are seriously ill, who have newborn or newly adopted children, or who have to care for sick family members without the risk of the employee loosing their job as a result of the leave. Specifically, sections 6381 through 6387 of title 5, United States Code, as added by Title II of the Family and Medical Leave Act 1993, provides covered Federal employees with entitlement to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the following purposes:
the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and the care of such son or daughter;…… [Read More]
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "bans discrimination, including sex-based discrimination, by trade unions, schools, or employers that are involved in interstate commerce or that do business with the federal government" the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in a broad array of private conduct including public accommodations, governmental services and education. One section of the Act, referred to as Title VII, prohibits employment discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion and national origin. The Act prohibits discrimination against the aforementioned protected classes in the areas of recruitment, hiring, wages, assignment, promotions, benefits, discipline, discharge, layoffs and almost every aspect of employment (Loevy 1997).
However, Title VII provides than an employer must reasonably accommodate an employee's religious beliefs and practices unless doing so would cause undue hardship on the business. As an employee were are obligated to try to resolve any conflict if possible. We would…… [Read More]
parent literally had nothing to do with a biological child in order for the child to take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for that parent.
The family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) gives no determination that states that the known relationship or lack thereof between the child and parent will determine the child's ability to use FMLA to care for the parent. Any employee can request FMLA regardless of if the child had nothing to do at all with the biological parent. The FMLA provides the employee with up to a maximum of twelve weeks of un-paid, job-protected leave for one of the following reasons:
Care of a spouse, daughter, son or parent with serious health conditions
Due to an employee's inability to work due to a serious health condition
Placement of a child for adoption or foster care
The birth and care of a newborn…… [Read More]
Coleman V. Maryland Court of Appeals
There has always been a fine balance between the Constitutional power of Congress and individual State rights. At the heart of the Constitutional Debate and even the Civil War was the question -- are states sovereign in their dealings with matters of government and culpability and to what degree does their sovereignty remain solvent. Congress has both Constitutional power and applied power, and is expected to evolve with the cultural situation of society to protect the constituency and enact fair and reasonable legislation.
One seminal question becomes whether Congress constitutionally abrogated the State's 11th Amendment immunity when it passed the self-care leave provision of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act? This act required employers of over 50 individuals to allow for up to 12-weeks leave for varying circumstances of family need. Case law, for instance in Nevada v. Hibbs, held that Congress intended…… [Read More]
The ADEA permits employers to favor older workers based on age even when doing so adversely affects a younger worker who is 40 or older" (Facts about age discrimination, 2008, EEOC). The worker was clearly discriminated against for a promotional opportunity based upon his age, despite his superior performance.
All of the available evidence suggests that Employee B. was doing superior work in contrast to his younger co-worker. There is a clear 'paper trail' of performance reviews establishing Employee B's superior performance and ability to do a high-quality job. Also, the specific stated rationale for not giving Employee B. The promotion was age. There is no evidence that taking the promotion required qualities only a young person might have (such as the agility required by a dangerous occupation, or an occupation based upon physical strength).
In some instances, regarding benefits, employers may have some discretion under the ADEA. For example,…… [Read More]
If a 68-year-old employee receives an above average review on her work performance and doesn't receive a raise, and then finds that an employee who is 32 years of age receives an adequate performance review and gets a raise and a promotion the older employee has a strong case for age discrimination.
A violation of the employment act has occurred because it is reasonably expected that the above average rating would get the raise and promotion before the adequate rating. In this case, the company has basically set themselves up for a lawsuit in which they stand a strong chance of losing. The employee's proof is in her above average ratings on her review. The employer must come up with a valid reason as to why she was not promoted over the younger employee who received lower ratings. More than likely, they will not be able to offer any proof.…… [Read More]
Ethics, Law Case, Critical Thinking
Title VII of the Civil ights Act permits retaliation claims because they help to prevent situations in which workers who are unlawfully discriminated against pursue those discrimination law suits. Were Title VII of this act not to permit retaliation claims, then there is a possibility that egalado would have dropped her law suit of discrimination against the company both she and her husband worked for, just so that he could either keep his job or have it reinstated. etaliations claims require inclusion in Title VII of this act to keep employers honest in their dealings with their employees. Thompson was not part of the lawsuit that egalado was formulating (Your textbook, p. 415), yet he was fired as a means of retaliating against her for producing a law suit against the company. Without the inclusion of retaliation claims, Thompson would have unfairly lost a job.…… [Read More]
Other polices that are in use in organizations include five day work week, flextime, family leave, and employee assistance programs and turn over intention. The policies include the government-mandated Family and Medical Leave Act which stipulates that an employee is provided with 12 weeks of unpaid leave of absence for family or personal needs, and discretionary policies offered by the organization voluntarily.
Family leave policies allow employees to be away from their workplace for a varying period of time because of family responsibilities. However some specific polices for time away from work for maternity, paternity or adoptions are at the discretion of the employer in different organization. Family leave policies differ between organizations or employers. Female employees are however entitled to have a minimum of 10-week maternity leave in case of pregnancy.
1.2.2. hat are the aims and objectives of the policies?
The need for family friendly policies is to…… [Read More]
Unintended Limitations on Ada Protections
The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was designed to prevent discrimination in terms of employment (Title I), telecommunications (Title IV), and public services (Title II), transportation (Title II), and accommodations (Title III), for persons with physical and/or mental disabilities (EEOC, n.d.; Disabled World, 2009). Employers and public establishments are required under the ADA to make accommodations for persons with disabilities, unless it imposes an undue hardship. To ensure compliance, a large number of different federal agencies act as enforcers of the ADA provisions.
The ADA defines a disabled person as anyone who is prevented from engaging in a major life activity, either currently or historically, or is perceived by others as being limited in this way. The latter criteria was intended to be one of three primary routes for bringing a discrimination suit to court, resulting in the 'regarded as' disabled…… [Read More]
Employment Law Policies for XYZ
Describe and explain all the possible employment laws that could govern the employment at XYZ.
Job discrimination. Title VII of the Civil ights Act of 1964 prohibits hiring, firing or pay discrimination based solely upon a person's race, religion, sex or national origin. It also prohibits sexual harassment. Employees and applicants must be treated equally and harassment will not be tolerated.
Age discrimination. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prevents discrimination against applicants or employees older than 40 because of their age. A person's age or proximity to retirement cannot be taken into account when making decisions on hiring, firing, pay, benefits or promotions.
Disability discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits job discrimination against qualified people with disabilities who can reasonably perform a job's function. If hired, managers need to work with H to help create reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.
Overtime/minimum wage.…… [Read More]
posted: Perform a literature search a human resource law policy. Some topics absenteeism, work place injury, Americans Disabilities Act 1990. Describe law policy a workplace choosing demonstrate compliance .
Human esource Law Policy -- Absenteeism
The role of the human resource has been gradually increasing throughout the past recent years and this is due to a wide array of changes which impact the business community. One of the most relevant examples in this sense is represented by the shift in global operations in that more and more companies and countries come to generate large GDP proportions from services, rather than industry or agriculture. In such a setting then, the employees represent the intellectual capital of the firm, the creators of value and as such the most important organizational asset (Beckford, 2007).
In order to best deal with the employees, business agents across the world develop and implement several policies aimed…… [Read More]
decision will need to be made about the future of each one. Each decision will be supported with an analysis of the situation using the relevant legal framework. In general, companies are allowed to terminate employees if the termination is part of a downsizing, which in this case it is. Naturally, however, the issue of severance will be raised, and must be taken into consideration for each of the employees in question. The format will be a discussion of each individual employee, his or her situation, but then the final decision about who to terminate and how will be conducted at the end of the report. The microbrewery is probably a qualified company, with at least 15 employees, or this discussion would not be taking place.
Employee #1 -- Mike illiams. illiams is a member of a protected group, being Asian. His performance has been above the median, which gives…… [Read More]
Workplace discrimination leads to a mismatch between qualified workers and their jobs, and it carries significant economic consequences in the American workplace.
Okechukwu, Souza, Davis and Castro (2014) define workplace discrimination as unfair rules and conditions that impair the ability of group members. It is motivated by inferiority and mistreatment of the disadvantaged group over the dominant group. It is based on races and even occurs among disadvantaged groups themselves. For example, some ethnic groups are favored than immigrant workers. Discrimination does exist with respect to age, gender, and disabilities as well. Though Americans prohibit societal and historical influences among the workers through the Disabilities Act, it does persist. Workplace discrimination is unequal treatment of employees whereas workplace harassment involves negative actions toward a worker with respect to race/ethnicity, gender, etc. Sexual harassment includes sexist behavior, sexual hostility, unwanted sexual attention, and sexual coercion in which one's gender or sex…… [Read More]
Using your sociological imagination, consider structural, social barriers that may account for racial or ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
Institutionalized racism often goes unnoticed, especially by members of the dominant culture. However, there are serious structural and social barriers that may account for racial and ethnic discrimination in the workplace. As Dumaine, Overfelt, Spruell, Tanz & Whitford (2003) point out, there are still significant barriers to achieving great strides in business for non-whites, even male non-whites. obert Johnson notes, "It's hard for African-Americans to borrow money from banks or raise money from venture capitalists," (cited by Dumaine, et al., 2003). Lack of access to financial capital is of course a preliminary structural barrier to achieving success in the workplace. The underlying social barrier is exclusion; blacks are not part of the "good old boy" club, which continues to characterize social structures in the workplace (Johnson, cited by Dumaine, et…… [Read More]
Employee Contributions 30/05/2015
Two methods an H professional could use to determine incentive pay
Legally mandated benefits that the company must currently offer to its employees
Additional benefits that should be considered for its employees
Efficiency of common techniques for communicating compensation plans to employees.
Ethical risks of incentive pay and recommendations to mitigate the risks.
Two methods an H professional could use to determine incentive pay
There are a number of methods that are generally used by companies to link work, output and expertise to the remuneration of the employees. In this section we examine two methods that can be used by the company to create more loyalty among the employees to stay back in the company through the increasing in pay.
The reward management practices would help the company to determine the amount that would be paid to the employees. The underlying principal is that the company would…… [Read More]
These figures dwarfed what other big businesses paid for discriminatory practices. These businesses included Texaco, Inc.; Shoney's, Inc., Winn-Dixie, Stores, Inc.; and CSX Transportation, Inc. Critics saw Coca-Cola's settlement as signaling a major breakthrough among big businesses as coming to terms with diversity in the workplace (King). ecause the company has been a leader in many areas, these critics regarded it as setting an example of greater openness to promotions across races of employees (King).
Settlement terms included $23.7 million as back pay; $58.7 million as compensatory damages; and $10 million as promotional achievement award fund distributed to the complainants. A remaining $20 million went to attorney's fees and $36 million to the implementation of internal program reforms. Coca-Cola would also create an external, seven-member task force to insure that the terms were complied with and to oversee the company's diversity efforts (King).
According to Social Networks. - Connections in…… [Read More]
At the same time, occupational segregation still exists in management positions. Part of the problem is that men are able to devote much more time to their career advancement vs. women who have to also consider raising a family and bulk of the responsibilities of that family. At the same time, however there are now many more women who have created role reversal than ever before, becoming the breadwinners within their nuclear family. The glass ceiling primarily exists because there is still exclusivity in the hiring process. Since the job of management hiring is typically sourced to executive search companies, many times such search teams do not include women because of the extra concerns associated with them. As a result, the only method by which many women in management have taken is to remain loyal within their corporate environment until they can climb the corporate ladder. This strategy grants women…… [Read More]
Workplace discrimination can be understood as an inappropriate, unjustifiable treatment towards a person or a set of people at the workplace. Such undesirable treatment is based more often on people's race, ethnicity, age, marital status, sex or other describing characteristics (Australian Human Rights Commission, n.d). Workplace discrimination can give the impression of a repudiation of particular civil liberties, neglectful treatment, deliberate undervaluing of an employee's character or work outcomes and attainments. Workplace discrimination is not only done by the employee but by the fellow employees or peers and other superiors as well. Workplace discrimination, although often not as blatant as in previous periods, continues to proliferate across organizations and on a global level. Fittingly regarded as modern discrimination, discriminatory behavior in the present day is time and again categorized by elusive and clandestine behaviors that can edge below regulations and organizational guidelines (Marchiondo et al., 2015).
Types of Discrimination in…… [Read More]
FCC & EEO
Federal Contract Compliance & EEO
Many foreign cultures associate the words United States of America with the vision of freedom and equality. People of many different races, disabilities and creeds have come to the United States seeking the impartiality upon which this country was founded. owever, the road to these favorable conditions of today has not been easy. The relentless pursuit of equality by Americans is written in history more than once. The most famous struggle for equality is Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence. When the British began pressuring the American Colonies for more taxes, and generally becoming prejudiced, the colonists began writing poetry, drawing political cartoons, and painting patriotic pictures. The founding fathers gathered to take initiative to pursue their rights as a new country and as individuals. This paper will discuss the EEO compliance requirements necessary to become a Federal contractor as well as focus…… [Read More]
To be eligible for FMLA an employee must have a condition that makes him or her unable to perform their essential job function" (Vikesland, 2006). Previously-existing amendments to the Civil ights Act prohibited discrimination against women based upon pregnancy and the Equal Pay Act (EPA) of 1963 mandated equal pay for women and men doing the same work (EEOC, 2011, Official Website).
Protected groups can allege they have been the victims of discrimination based upon charges of disparate treatment and disparate impact. Disparate treatment means that the worker was denied opportunities or advancement based upon his or her membership in a protected category because of the explicit intention of the employer, such as a sexist employer that openly discriminates against women. Disparate impact cases, in contrast, refer to discriminatory policies that have a disparate impact upon a particular group of employees (Payne 2009: 60). For example, an employer might require…… [Read More]
The federal spending cuts that have severely impacted VentaCare's bottom line will not be rescinded until the budget deficit, debt ceiling, and sequester crises are resolved, and with at the current rate of political progress in Congress, the loss of financial support may as well be considered permanent. To that end, Allison should be exacting in her appraisal process, forgoing any concern over individual employee grievances in order to focus fully on returning VentaCare to economic viability.
3.) What are some benefits Allison should consider changing or eliminating? Why?
With federal law only mandating the provision of unpaid leave days in the event of vacation, holiday, or illness, Allison should consider amending VentaCare's benefit policy to provide each employee exactly one-half of their leave days to be paid, with the other half becoming unpaid leave days. The financial condition of the company means that Allison cannot abide the practice of…… [Read More]
Tose additional taxes are determined at te local level, but Clark County does not impose tose additional taxes. Indiana is also one of te states tat impose state income taxes; terefore an employer in Indiana must prepare witolding information for its employees. Te general requirements of state income tax witolding in Indiana may be found in Ind. Code § 6-3-2.
Finally, in Indiana, business licenses and permits are a matter of local and county law, and tose requirements will be examined in te local law section.
Labor and wage issues are of major concern to employers and are covered by a wide range of laws, ranging from occupational safety issues to weter or not an employer can loan an employee money. An employer must understand all of tese laws in order to be in compliance wit state labor laws. Indiana maintains a state minimum wage, wic is governed by Ind.…… [Read More]
Human esource Management Policies of Wal-Mart
Employment Law Wal-Mart
Human esource Management Policies of Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart is a large scale multinational retailer that employs more than 2.2 million employees in 27 countries. The management of this large workforce requires it to implement effective human resource management and employment relations policies at its workplace. Wal-Mart believes in effective recruitment and selection process in order to fill the vacant job positions with the most talented and skillful employees. It uses one way and two way virtual interviewing techniques in order to minimize its heavy recruitment and administrative costs. Wal-Mart generally fills its vacant job positions from the industry through fresh graduate induction and experienced professionals. It trains them through different methods in order to make them learn the most advanced knowledge related to their job responsibilities.
The Wal-Mart workforce consists of individuals from different cultures, nationalities, and races. In order…… [Read More]
For example, uiz (2006) points out that, "The role that EAPs play in attenuating these potentially disruptive issues is difficult to assess because companies zealously guard results of their programs from the public eye" (46).
Despite these constraints, though, it is possible to gauge the effectiveness of Mobil's EAP initiatives based on the typical costs savings realized by similarly situated enterprises. For instance, uiz adds that, "EAP providers contend that their services are a critical component in lowering the cost of health care and in bolstering productivity. EAPs can reduce absenteeism and tardiness by 10% and potentially boost productivity by as much as 25%" (46). In this regard, what is known about the company is that success rates between 70% and 85% have been reported by Mobil concerning the effectiveness of its employee assistance programs that have been targeted at reducing the incidence of substance abuse by company employees (Starr…… [Read More]
legal framework which provides the foundations for the American system of labor / management relations.
The state of labor / management relations today is very different than it was 100 years ago. Workers can actually reason with their employers and, more than anything else, employers often find themselves at the mercy of employees (due to the unions) and having to kow tow to their demands. This has both negative and positive ramifications.
The history of the labor / management relations synthesis started in the 1860s when the Industrial Revolution created a surplus of labor and competition between factories for workers. Few laws had existed for workers and employers had been cheap with their wages. Unions had existed in the past and workers had often been fired from unions. In fact, workers who had banded together had been perceived as criminals.
The first national union that succeeded, the Knights of Labor,…… [Read More]
industrial management continues to remain competitive. As the economy changes over time, the field of industry follows suit. Industrial managers are charged with maintaining productivity and profits regardless of the economy. In addition, they are responsible for maintaining the workforce at its optimum performance level.
One thing that often has a negative impact on the performance level of the workforce, is absenteeism. Absenteeism can create problems in the field of industry in several ways. One of the first problems it causes is a slow down in production. If there is a problem with absenteeism and a significant number of employees are calling out sick it can be detrimental to the production of product. In addition, when people call out sick, temporary workers are often brought in and they must be quickly trained and try to keep up production speed. This training can be costly and their lower level of performance…… [Read More]
Sex Discrimination in the orkplace
Salomon Smith Barney is one of the world's largest financial brokerage groups, with headquarters in New York City and 500 offices serving more than 100 countries around the world. Recent studies indicate that the financial industry as a whole continues many practices that are discriminatory to women, such as unequal pay as well and discriminatory hiring and promotion practices. This paper examines whether a gender gap in pay and promotion does exist within Salomon Smith Barney and the issues these practices raise from a human resources standpoint. It looks at the deleterious effects these practices could have, both in terms of lawsuits, negative publicity and market/employment competitiveness. Finally, the paper makes recommendations on how the human resources department could help Salomon Smith Barney avoid clams based on sex discrimination in the future.
Studies comparing the salaries of men and women show a dramatic disparity in…… [Read More]
(Olivia C. Smith, 2002).
One of the leading political Chicana women today is Dolores Huerta; she is the co-founder of the First Vice President Emeritus which belongs to United Farm Workers of America. orn in April 10, 1930, she founded an organization namely Community Service Organization in 1955 and in 1960 she founded Agricultural Workers Association. Later on, she worked with Cesar Chavez and built an organization, National Farm Workers Association which name was changed to United Workers Organizing Committee and afterwards it became UFW in 1966. She made a contract between UFW and Schenley Wine Company for the farm workers who successfully bargained with an agricultural enterprise. Dolores directed a boycott the UFW's national grape for the farm workers to the consumers. In result for this boycott, California table grape industry signed a three years agreement with the United Farm Workers. She is highly politically active and against the…… [Read More]
Reviewing the efficacy of the organization's compensation practices in retaining good employees, and for compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, and conducting random sample of time records is essential good business practice. Of course, the company's benefits must be in compliance with Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and HIPPA regulations, and all employees must have been notified of the company's Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) policy. Finally, there should be effective and established recruitment, grievance, and exit procedures for employees, and these procedures should be clearly communicated to employees in a handbook ("Auditing your HR department," 2007, the HR Team).
hat could or should be done at Interclean to make the move to "organizational effectiveness?"
The first step to maximizing "organizational effectiveness" is to conduct an audit of how the company is doing in terms of its overall productivity. hile before the individual was the traditional unit…… [Read More]
Role of Law in Business and Society
The functions and roles of law when it comes to business and society are not always understood by the lay person, but those functions are extremely important. The functions related to law and to the application of law are the backbone of how society and economies actually work, and will be reviewed and critiqued in this paper.
The Functions and Role of Law in Business
The law as it applies to business refers to a "…code of conduct that defines the behavioral boundaries for business activity," according to a generalization found in the book, The Legal Environment of Business (Meiners, et al., 2006). Though "law" is a term that is seen as abstract in some contexts -- and though there is no precise definition of law that carries over to many cultures -- the noted former Supreme Court Justice Oliver endell Homes put…… [Read More]
Human Resources -- Employee Separation Policies and Procedures
Employee separation is an inevitable aspect of the business world. Careful consideration of the company's core values, stakeholders, legal requirements and financial well-being are all taken into account when preparing a Separation Policy. By establishing and implementing procedures, some of which are followed even before an employee is hired, the company can accomplish employee separation with a minimum of financial, legal and morale risk.
Separation Policy ith Specific Procedures
A Separation Policy must be well-planned and effectively communicated to avoid some common pitfalls of employee separation. Most employees, absent a collective bargaining agreement, are "at will" employees (Zachary, 2008). However, employees still sue under several theories. To avoid successful suits by former employees, the company must take care to treat different categories of employees the same to avoid successful discrimination suits; terminate the employee only for lawful reasons to avoid successful wrongful…… [Read More]
Job Analysis from 'Undercover Boss'
From the 9th episode, "Subway" of Undercover Boss -- Season 2, two jobs have been identified: Store Manager and Chief Development Officer.
In the episode, Subway's Chief Development Officer (CDO), Dan Fretman goes undercover in order to assist with the development of Subway stores. The position of Store Manager in the episode involves 4 persons who work alongside Dan.
For Chief Development Officer Position
The central part played by development in the area of strategic business decision-making has given rise to a need for managers who understand the concepts of development as well as gainful applications to processes, products, and services. A number of firms have dealt with the above need by creating the post of CDO or Chief Technology Officer (CTO), in charge of: Monitoring novel technologies and evaluating their capacity to develop into novel services or products; Supervising research venture selection…… [Read More]
-Mother can attend cancer support groups and receive advice and education through other channels regarding proper methods of providing care and improving quality of life for her husband
-Son can explore employment options as well as discuss various needs and responsibilities with his parents in order to determine his most effective utilization within the changed family dynamic
-Father can provide the levels of self-care that come easily, but should educate himself regarding his condition and ease care by allowing others to help when necessary
-Provide educational materials/answer questions for both mother and father
-Assist son with psychological transition of increased responsibility/familial dependence
-Instruction of proper care techniques for mother and father regarding father's condition
Levels of comfort and competence in new family roles should be easily assessed in regular visits through brief questioning. Monitoring father's health through standard vital sign and other appropriate tests will…… [Read More]
Bioecological Theory and the Family and Community Resource Conceptual Framework)
The Case History
"Kerry" has twin girls who are now 4 years old. he had been living with her defacto "Dean" for the past 6 years. he is a qualified beautician and has previously run a small business from home before the birth of the twins. he undertook schooling until year 12 (equal to UA high school diploma) at a public school, is one of two children herself and has supportive parents in a middle income suburb. he left her defacto 10 months ago after two years of domestic violence brought on by the use intravenous "speed." he has an AVO (Aggravated Violence Order) on "Dean" for 12 months. During the previous two years "Kerry" was subjected to physical and psychological trauma, the twins witnessed this abuse. "Dean" is on a fly in fly out basis working in the mines…… [Read More]
Will either of their grievances be heard in court? Why?
Becky's case has a very realistic possibility of being heard in court. This is from releasing her at a time when she was experiencing complication during her pregnancy. In this situation, she can claim that the company did not abide by the different provisions of the law through terminating her employment (after she asked and was initially granted maternity leave). This surpasses the arbitration clause in her employment contract by directly violating the Family Leave and Medical Act. (Cihon, 2013)
Under the law, she can take up to 12 weeks off without having fear of retribution, demotion or suspension. However, in order to be eligible, she must request leave with 30 days prior notification to her employers. Evidence of this can be seen with guidance provided to employers from the Department of Labor which states, "Employees must comply…… [Read More]
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Return to Work
Balancing health, home, family, work:
With this purpose, this research paper probes into the methods, mechanisms that policies managers may utilize in the quest to facilitate employee leave and return to work. As this is a subject that deals with policies that may have a resounding impact on the welfare of both the company and it's employees, hence it is necessary that we take into account the psychological and emotional needs of individuals as discussed in the theories of Maslow, Herzberg and McClelland. This proposal shall demonstrate the beneficial aspects of leave policy implementation, as none exists at this point and prove that just a little consideration on the part of the management can turn any company's ventures into a roaring success.
THEORETICAL SUCCESS OF THE PROPOSAL:
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs:
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs states that each need…… [Read More]
However, not all facilities are prohibitively costly. Serenity Lane in Eugene, Oregon, proclaims as part of its marketing and advertising plan that it accepts almost all insurance plans, and trumpets the fact that it offers value deals like the "ExSL (Long-Term Program)" that requires only a relatively modest fee of $6,495 per 30 day period, with a 60 day recommended minimum stay" and "partial financing available and a $500 discount for paying cash up front" (Treatment Costs at Serenity Lane," Official ebsite, 2007). In contrast, a stay of the same duration at the more famous Betty Ford Center is $23,000 ("Programs," the Betty Ford Center, 2007).
Quality forms of rehabilitative assistance exist for individuals in a variety of income brackets. Also, for individuals who qualify, there are Medicaid assistance programs provided by the federal government. However, less costly programs often have longer waiting lists and offer less comprehensive, quality, and…… [Read More]
An eligible employee shall be entitled to a total of seven days of leave because of the death of a parent, spouse, son, daughter, or person for whom the employee serves as designated representative... If the deceased died in the line of duty as a member of the uniformed services. Such leave is intended to permit the employee to prepare for or attend the burial ceremony of the deceased member of the uniformed services and may be paid or unpaid leave.
Conversely, however, the United States Federal government presently has no laws in place to similarly (or otherwise, in comparable and appropriate ways) formally acknowledge and honor the passing of federal government personnel other than military personnel.
According to U.S. Code Title 5, Part III; Subpart E; Chapter 63; Subchapter II (2005), the federal government does in fact authorize, according to three separate sections of Title 5: (1)…… [Read More]
Maryland Labor Laws
A knowledgeable and well-trained human resources department in any organization is a very valuable asset due to the scope and importance of employment relations and the effects that those relations have on the profitability of that organization. New laws and regulations regarding employee relations appear often and the ability to manage these rules and regulations is mandatory if that business desires to be successful. The purpose of this essay is to explore a specific human resources issue and design a plan to address the problems that may arise from this issue.
This essay will examine the important circumstances that arise when dealing with employees with disabilities. The human resources plan presented in this example will address the issue of an introduction of new technology for employees who may experience physical limitations. Before detailing the plan, I will list and describe the federal and Maryland state laws…… [Read More]
While pregnancy per se is not a permanent condition, there are long-term consequences of the state. (M kel, 2005) the issue of work/life balance and quality of life can become important factors in the life of the female employee. Many organizations also tend to have the perception that women with children will be less focused and dedicated to their work. (Kidwell, 2001) the idea that the man is the bread winner and the woman the nurturer is still the main stream value. Although women have been in the workforce since the industrial revolution, in the past they exited the workplace after a child was born and returned only much later. In the past few decades however, women are less likely to want to leave the workforce. Many factors have impacted this decision -- higher standard of living, single mothers, lower wages and fewer opportunities to return back after an extended…… [Read More]
Impact that Technological Advancements have on Compensation and Benefits Processing
Advancement in technology has been of significant benefit for compensation and benefits processing. In particular, benefits administration has been drastically transformed, owing to the internet. More so, the kinds of benefits desired have also gone through some changes in recent years. In the present, administration of benefits is now more of a self-service undertaking on the organization's website or Intranet. In turn, personnel are now able to go online and finish their contact information, chosen desired options and make changes as required. The technology has considerable consequences for freeing up H employees, and to a lesser magnitude, the organization's managers for more important activities. Technology makes it possible to have greater flexibility in the compensation and benefits plans and places more of the responsibility of selection in the hands of employees. In addition, technology has provided employees more…… [Read More]
Incentive Pay: Strategic Compensation and Its Impact on Human esource Management in the United States
Compensation refers to a wide array of benefits and pay that a company uses to reward employees for performance. Strategic compensation refers to any type of compensation strategy that is aimed at rewarding good performance. Because the variety of companies and their internal structure varies wildly, strategic compensation strategies can vary wildly. For example, many direct sales companies where employees are actually independent contractors use strategic compensation strategies, giving prizes for hitting certain sales goals and increasing compensation percentages with sales. On the other end of the spectrum, large corporations almost always include stock options in higher-level compensation strategies, which directly ties the degree of financial reward to overall corporate performance. Individual companies can tailor their compensation strategies to what their firm does, the number of employees, and what is likely to motivate those employees.…… [Read More]
Training Job Aid
Job Benefits Training Aid
EX1 -- Base Salary $20,000 per year
An Additional $800 per year of service
FMLA -- Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Not equired by companies with under 50 employees.
Advantages -- Provides coverage to excessive medical conditions and financial loss from them.
Disadvantages -- educes the amount of the employee's paycheck
$25,000 per year
Additional bonuses for meeting quarterly sales goals as determined by company
Social Security Taxes - Social Security Act of 1935 provides benefits to employees in the case of retirement, disability, death, and survivor's benefits. These benefits are all under different sections of the code.
Advantages -- Allows Employee the ability to take time off of work for personal reasons and to refresh themselves. educes work-related stress.
Disadvantages -- Employee not eligible until they have been with…… [Read More]
Managing Professionals in Virtual Environment
As technology has evolved, the reality of virtual organizations has begun to take hold in a variety of industries. It is now commonplace for employees to work, at least in part, from offsite. Telecommuting is a reality that has allowed companies to reduce costs, become more competitive, and facilitate happier more productive employees. Virtual employees, or "telework is one of the most radical departures from standard working conditions in the suite of flexible work practices now gaining widespread acceptance." (Daniels, Lamond, & Standen, 2001)
Managing Professionals in Virtual Environment
As technology has evolved, the reality of virtual organizations has begun to take hold in a variety of industries. It is now commonplace for employees to work, at least in part, from offsite. Telecommuting is a reality that has allowed companies to reduce costs, become more competitive, and facilitate happier more productive employees. Virtual employees, or…… [Read More]
Strategic ole of H
In most companies today, the H function provides vital services to such stakeholders as job applicants, workers, supervisors, middle managers, and executives. Yet, the H function tends to be located at the end of the business chain, on the reactive side, and too frequently centers on carrying out actions rather than achieving outcomes. The role of the H function is frequently one of providing people, training, and secluded H efforts after others have formulated organizational strategy and have initiated operational accomplishment. Since the 1990's, H practitioners have been motivated by events in their organizations to direct concentration to such issues as downsizing, outplacement, retraining, diversity, worker rights, technological effects on people, and recruitment of skilled talent in a time of labor deficiencies and record employment. Cost centered management of worker benefits programs such as health insurance, workers' compensation, and pension plans have…… [Read More]
It is involved in enforcing effective standards, assist and foster employers to maintain safe and healthful working conditions and to provide necessary environment for its effective enforcement, research, information, education and training in the area of occupational safety and health. By means of this Act the California workers have been guaranteed that they would have the rights to attain orientation training from the employer in relation to the workplace hazards and the rights of the labor force. They might request for the necessary information in relation to the injuries and illnesses in the workplace. Also information on hazardous substances in the workplace like material safety data records could also be requested. The workers also have the right to request the employer for taking up corrective measures and methods for avoiding hazards. (Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH))
In similar ways many states have enacted their own OSHA approved laws…… [Read More]
Health eform Act
The work of Flanagan, Miller, Pagano, and Wood (2010) entitled "Employee Benefit Plan eview -- Meyerowitz, Health care eform Is Here -- Now What?" states that health care reform laws are expected to have an impact that is significant in nature and this is on the health insurance industry as well as on employee benefit issues as well. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which was then supplemented and modified, less than one week later, by the Health Care and Education Tax Credit econciliation Act (HCEA)." (Flanagan, Miller, Pagano, and Wood, 2010) Those two laws are referred to as "Health Care eform" or "Health eform Laws." (Flanagan, Miller, Pagano, and Wood, 2010) The Health eform Laws are reported, while being extremely lengthy and in depth and very detailed to "leave open a host of issues that will have to be resolved either through agency regulations…… [Read More]
Factors related to hospitals and the patient population influence incidents of discharge Against Medical Advice, also known as AMA (Karimi et al., 2014). There is a high rate of discharges against the doctor’s advice after admission into emergency units. There is a need to probe the reasons behind such a trend (Shirani et al., 2010). It should be noted with concern that AMA is a healthcare institutions’ problem across the world because, in cases where children are discharged in such a manner, the blame cannot fall on these children. Children do not contribute to such decisions (Mohseni et al., 2013). Figures show that out of every 65 to 120 discharges from general hospitals across the world, one is a case of AMA. Such action is prone to dire consequences including litigation (Devitt et al., 2000). The scenario is a challenge to physicians across the globe (Taqueti, 2007). It is…… [Read More]