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1 HRER 501: ASSIGNMENT ONE HRER 501: Assignment One Nicole Mercadante University of Pennsylvania State
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2 HRER 501: ASSIGNMENT ONE QUESTION SET ONE 1. As the new Vice President for Human Resources at Healthy-Dog Biscuits, my initial question for addressing any laws that may govern the company’s employment relationships would be whether the company is a unionized or nonunion workplace. This question is important because if the company were unionized than I would have to go into a collective bargaining agreement at the end of the contractual agreements term if I wanted to make any adjustments to overtime or benefits etc. Whereas if the company was not unionized than I would have more freedom to make any changes I deem necessary. 2. My second question would be dependent on the geographic location of the company. State laws and federal laws have varying differences which play a vital role in employee rights. For instance, Healthy-Dog Biscuits is located in Illinois which makes employment within the company an at-will basis. This means that employment can be terminated at any point unless protected by public policy. Therefore, geographic location would play a major role if a disgruntled employee ever decided to sue based upon termination. 3. My third question would be in regards to any specific industry or occupation laws that may be directed towards Healthy-Dog Biscuits. For instance, since the company is in the dog biscuit manufacturing business then they may have specific laws in regards to employee safety within the manufacturing facility since they operate heavy equipment. This information would be vital in the case that an employee is injured on the job or has a disability that limits their job performance. 4. My fourth question would be whether the company is public sector or private sector. The company could have been established as an outlet for the mentally disabled within the
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3 HRER 501: ASSIGNMENT ONE community. Manufacturing the baked goods could provide a job for capable people within a mentally disabled home. It would provide the community with a service as well as an income for people who would generally have difficulty finding work. If the company were a public sector than its employees would be limited politically as well as their ability to sue their employer. However, they would be favored in terms of tenured provisions and coverage by municipal civil service laws. Therefore, a public or private sector workforce would be handled much differently from one another. 5. Lastly, my fifth question goes hand in hand with whether the company is public or private sector because I would ask if we had any government contracts. For instance, if the company were public sector than we would most likely have government contracts that set guidelines for workplace practices by either the federal, state, or local government. Even as a private employer government contracts may exist depending upon the relationship with the federal government.
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