Staffing-Ch.3 - THELEGALCONTEXT Dr.HazelAnneM.Johnson...

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THE LEGAL CONTEXT Dr. Hazel-Anne M. Johnson Rutgers University
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Learning Objectives 1. Explain why complying with staffing laws  can be strategic. 2. Discuss different types of employment  relationships.  3. Describe different types of staffing-related  lawsuits. 4. Discuss the role affirmative action and equal  employment opportunity play when in a  firm’s staffing process.  5. Describe various barriers to legally defensible  staffing. 
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Complying With Employment Laws Enhances hiring quality Enhances the firm’s reputation and image as an  employer Promotes fairness perceptions among job candidates Reduces spillover effects (for example, rejected  applicants not becoming customers or discouraging  others from applying for jobs) Reinforces an ethical culture Enhances organizational performance by ensuring that  people are hired or not hired based on their  qualifications, not biases Promotes diversity, which can enhance an  organization’s ability to appeal to a broader customer  base
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Types of Employment Relationships Employee : someone hired by another person or  business for a wage or fixed payment in exchange for  personal services, and who does not provide the  services as part of an independent business  Independent contractor : performs services wherein  the employer controls or directs only the  result  of the  work  Contingent workers : any job in which an individual  does not have a contract for long-term employment  Temporary workers Leased workers Part-time and seasonal workers Unionized workers Leased workers Outsourced work
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Employment at Will Employment at Will : either party can terminate the  employment relationship at any time, for just cause, no  cause, or any cause that is not illegal, with no liability as  long as there is no contract for a definite term of  employment Exceptions to Employment at Will Retaliatory discharge  (prohibited by EEO laws) Implied employment contract  (when an employer’s personnel  policies or handbooks indicate that an employee will not be  fired except for good cause or specify a procedural process for  firing) Implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing  (e.g., firing an  employee to prevent their vesting in the pension plan next  month) Federal or state discrimination protection  supersedes  employment at will
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Labor Unions Labor Unions : Legally represent workers, organize employees  and negotiate the terms and conditions of union members’  employment  The conditions of employment are contained in a contract called  collective bargaining agreement  or a  collective employment 
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