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Running head: EMPLOYMENT ISSUES ANALYSIS FOR NEW BRAND DESIGN 1 Project 5: Employment Issues Analysis for New Brand Design, Inc. Group 3: University of Maryland Global Campus
EMPLOYMENT ISSUES ANALYSIS FOR NEW BRAND DESIGN Employment Issues Analysis for New Brand Design, Inc. A subsidiary of Colossal Corporation, New Brand Design, Inc. (NBD), has encountered several employment issues. NBD is incorporated in Delaware, but is authorized to conduct business in the country of Serafina (UMGC, n.d.a.). As a global subsidiary, the company has to consider the ethical and legal ramifications that its decisions will have on its organization, both in the U.S. and abroad. This analysis will explain the circumstances surrounding the current employment issues, the ethical stances that the company should consider, the laws that govern employment in the U.S. and Serafina, and how those laws impact the applicable employees and NBD. This report will conclude with recommendations developed from an extensive evaluation of applicable business laws and ethical theories. According to the NBD case file (UMGC, n.d.a), two of the Serafinian executives, Elena and Viktor, allege that their salaries and benefits are significantly lower than their U.S. counterparts who possess equivalent qualifications. Elena and Viktor have filed complaints with the company’s Human Resources department. Within two months of their complaints, the company decided to replace Elena and Viktor with Michael and Beth from the United States. There have been difficulties gaining Serafinian work permits for Michael and Beth. Michael exceeds the 65-year-old retirement age limit that Serafina recognizes for its citizens. While there are no established laws that forbid a female from holding management positions, Serafina’s labor office has a track record of denying women’s work permits. Thus, Beth’s permit has not been approved (UMGC, n.d.a). Michael and Beth’s delayed arrivals afford the company an opportunity to reconsider its decision to terminate Elena and Viktor. Colossal and NBD’s management team must ascertain whether Elena and Viktor’s terminations are the results of their actions, such as bad conduct, 2
EMPLOYMENT ISSUES ANALYSIS FOR NEW BRAND DESIGN 3 poor business decisions, company downsizing, or complaints about their salaries. Solely from an ethical perspective, termination for the latter may be seen as an unethical decision. Management should consider this decision from the deontological view of reversibility, which involves internalizing the decision and evaluating what it would feel like if the same decision were made regarding you, the decision-maker (UMGC, n.d.g). Presumably, no one would want to be terminated for requesting comparable pay and benefits to that of equally qualified co-workers.

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