discussion 3661

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Are there laws that govern management’s treatment of employees? If so, what are they, what are they suppose to accomplish, and do they accomplish their goals (in your opinion and/or with factual data)?

Should we need laws to govern management’s treatment of employees? Why or why not?

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student 1

There are a number of laws that protect workers and their rights as employees in the U.S. A couple of them are:

1. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): which set standards for the federal minimum wage and overtime pay, which affects most private and public companies. It restricts child labor as well.

2. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): This administration regulates the health and safety conditions in private and public industries. Employers have to comply with their standards and have a duty to provide a workplace free of any hazards.

3. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA): regulates employers who offer pension and welfare benefit plans for their employees.

4. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): it requires employers of 50 or more employees to give up to 12 week of unpaid leave to eligible employees for the birth, adoption of a child, or the serious illness of the employee or a close family member.

There are many more laws for specific industries and employees. These laws are supposed to provide a fair and safe working environment but also to regulate companies and their employees on a constant basis. I believe they do accomplish their goals in a sense, when it comes to providing a safe working place, retirement benefits, etc, but of course, the system is not perfect, wages are not living wages and employers from big corporations tend to usually get away with a lot.

I do believe that these laws are necessary because otherwise, it would be up to the employer to provide all these things and keep up the standards; and I don’t believe that all employers are capable of that. If it wasn’t for some of these laws, we would have the working conditions of many third-world countries that are not livable, safe, fair, or regulated.


student 2

There are numerous laws that we’re all pretty familiar with that ensures fair treatment of employees. The bulleted list below highlights a few noteworthy ones.

– The Fair Labor Standards Act requires a minimum wage for work, although this wage fluctuates, it ensures that employees are paid for their work. This act also includes protection for minors as well.

– The Occupational Safety and Health Act ensures work place safety in the American workplace. This consists of specific safety provisions which prohibits any workplace practice that represents risk to workers

– The Civil Rights Act creates a nondiscriminatory workplace environment which makes it illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

– The Family and Medical Leave Act provides employees with the opportunity to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for child birth, serious personal or family member illness.

While there are many others, I believe these are a few that we’re most familiar with. I believe that yes, we do need laws that govern the treatment of employees. Can you imagine what life at work would be like without just these few that are mentioned? Unfair pay, unsafe work environments, and discrimination would just be okay to work in, unimaginable. I believe that most laws keep us safe and keep us healthy and I think without them it would be absolute chaos.

Semi related, the treatment of employees discussion could not have come at a better time. Given the circumstances we’re all facing today, I’m sure all of our jobs are looking a little differently. While listening to the video lecture for this week I couldn’t help but think of how crucial the transparency piece is to companies today. Collectively, the frustration of not knowing what is to come tomorrow is overwhelming. For those companies who are showing compassion and understanding speaks absolute volumes to their core ethics. It will be quite interesting to see where the loyalty stands once we get through this. End rant, thank you for coming to my Ted talk.

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