5.6 Liberal Model of Work●Relationship between work and the workers ability to make free and autonomous choices about work ●Bowie (if people are compelled to work the greater the employer's responsibility to ensure that workplaces are humane as possible) ●Primary goods required in the workplace to provide rights related to : ○Autonomy ○Rationality ○Physical and mental health 5.7 Business’s Responsibility for Meaningful Work●Employers obligation to: ○Allow for participation ○Provide due process ○Provide healthy and safe working conditions ○Fair wages ○Fair benefits ○Training and education ○Privacy
●Highly routinized work - OK if people choose the work free of external constraints Chapter 6: Moral Rights in the Workplace Discussion case → Electronic Privacy at Work6.1 Introduction : Employee Rights●Employees have rights when their job is terminated (contract rights, company policy, statutory rights provided by federal/state law) ○state/federal → hold jurisdiction to protect employees from issue/reasons for termination (race,religion,citizenship,whistleblowing,etc) ●Work - important and a highly valued human activity because it is necessary to acquire other central human goods ●6.2 The Right to Work●Remember rights can not be bought, sold, or forcibly taken away ●3 senses of employee rights (common) ○Legal rights granted on basis of legal/judicial rulings ○Rights based on contractual agreements with employers ○Rights that exist as entitlements, resulting from our status as humans (freedom, autonomy, equality) ●Various Understandings of Right to Work : ○Refers to right to work w/ out having to join a union ○Refers to employees right to a job ■Reason 1 - instrumental value of work, providing means to acquire food and shelter ,etc ■Reason 2 - work is expression of a meaningful life ●Does Government have to be required to give people who need jobs… a job? ○Gov = responsibility to encourage private sector employment for all its citizens ■Last resort = government has duty to supply jobs ●Rights equation - Greater the rights = greater the obligation 6.3 Employment at Will●When an employee accepts an at-will employment contract → able to leave their companies at any time without notice. ●Employers → not required to provide noticeor explanation when terminating an at-will employee ○court would deny any claim attempting to seek benefits for losses as a result of termination ●Employees and employer have a more flexible relationship ○Employers, for example, can change the terms of an employment contract (such as wages, benefit plans, or paid time off allotments) without notice or consequence. ●Employment at Will Exceptions → ○Implied contracts- employer can’t fire an employee when there is an implied contract created by them (regardless of whether legal document is drawn up) ○Good faith and fair dealing- can’t fire person in order to avoid their duties (pay for healthcare,
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