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Week 5 - Discussion 1 - Explain the special risks faced by...

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Explain the special risks faced by workers in the twenty-first century U.S. labor force, according to  Silverstein. Though the workplace has been made much safer in many instances, there are still many inherent risks  that workers in he 21st century labor force face.  According to Michael Siverstein (2007), "a worker is  injured on the job every 2.5 seconds." Inspections in many workplaces take place so infrequently that  OSHA regulations are not taken seriously.  Often organizations responsible for a severe injury or death  are not held accountable for their actions.  Another particular risk to workers is the increasing potential to become a victim of workplace  violence.  The incidence of workplace violence is increasing and many organizations are not doing  enough to address such issues, either through additional security measures, training on prevention of  workplace violence or both.  Knowing how to handle workplace violence is something every organization  should understand. But, the workplace can be made much safer by preventing incidents of violence in the  first place.  Workers at all levels can be trained to identify co-workers who may be very disgruntled and  who may show signs of having the potential to commit a violent act.  Though legislation is in place to address workplace discrimination, the risk of becoming a victim of  discrimination, particularly for minorities and women, is still very prevalent in the U.S. workforce.  Additional risks include the invasion of privacy or private information, which may be shared with the wrong  parties when human resource departments fail to secure health information provided by health insurance  carriers.  While risks of physical harm are the most serious, risks involving inappropriate access to  health  information and discrimination in the workplace can both have a detrimental effect on a worker's future  ability to seek suitable employment. 
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2012 for the course LEG500 LEG500 taught by Professor Prof.dean during the Spring '11 term at Strayer.

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