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PRDV401: Introduction to Human Resources Management

Unit 7: HR Law   Unit 2 discussed the Life Cycle of the Employee. This life cycle could not function adequately without laws to govern the behavior of both the company and the employee. Companies must be in compliance with all laws with regard to the corporate environment and its employees. A primary role of the HR Department is to keep both the company and its employees out of court. Of course, a company cannot necessarily go to jail, but there are massive financial penalties involved every day with companies who have not provided equal opportunities for employees or do not react to harassment issues. Knowing the laws in your state that affect your company will be imperative to a successful career in HR.

Unit 7 Time Advisory
This unit should take you approximately 3.25 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 7.1: 1.25 hours

☐    Subunit 7.2: 2 hours

Unit7 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:

  • Explain and identify the risk involved with working in the Human Resources Department.
  • Describe the basics of employment law.
  • Identify the components that create a fair and legal working environment.
  • Promote the highest standard of ethics within his or her own company.

7.1 Employment Law   - Reading: FindLaw’s “Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws: An Introduction” Link: FindLaw’s “Employment and Anti-Discrimination Laws: An Introduction” (HTML)
 
Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read this article on employment law.  The ten most important laws HR must comply with are addressed and defined including equal opportunity and the American’s with Disabilities Act. This reading covers the topics outlined in subunit 7.1.1.

 Reading and taking notes should take approximately 30 minutes to
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  • Activity: The Saylor Foundation's "Unit 7 Activity" Link: The Saylor Foundation's "Unit 7 Activity" (PDF)

    Instructions: Please click on the link above, and follow the instructions provided to complete the activity for Unit 7.  After you have completed the activity, check your answer against the Saylor Foundation's "Solutions to Activities for Units 1-10." (PDF)
     
    This resource should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

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  • Assessment: Tutor2U: “Employment Law” Link: Tutor2U:  “Employment Law” (HTML)

    Instructions: Please click on the link above, scroll down to the Employment Law link, and click on the link to begin the quiz.   As you answer each multiple choice question, you will automatically receive feedback on whether you choose the correct or incorrect answer.
     
    This resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

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7.2 Workplace Diversity   7.2.1 What Is Workplace Diversity?   - Reading: Diversity World: Ron McInnes' "Workforce Diversity: Changing the Way You Do Business" Link: Diversity World: Ron McInnes' "Workforce Diversity: Changing the Way You Do Business" (HTML)

Instructions: Upon clicking on the link above, you will be directed to this reading. Please read the entire article.  The information contained in this reading provides you with insight on why diversity is so important.  The concept of diversity will be framed in a number of ways within this reading, i.e. as economic payback (people who have previous been excluded from the workplace are typically more reliant on social service programs) and as social responsibility (improving the quality of life for disenfranchised groups of people).  Please ensure you identify and process each of the diversity frameworks and the potential impact they can have on business success.

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  • Web Media: YouTube: Workopolis Careers Channel: Hamlin Grange's "Workforce Diversity"

    Link: YouTube: Workopolis Careers Channel: Hamlin Grange's "Workforce Diversity" (YouTube)

     

    Instructions: To access the video, click on the link above.  Please view the entire video (4:34 minutes).  In the presentation, Hamlin Grange speaks about a company based in Canada, but the information can indeed be applied within a workplace in the U.S.  The presentation will introduce a framework for diversity in the workplace.  This lecture is designed to provide you with a foundational understanding of diversity and its importance to achieving a competitive advantage. 
     

    Viewing this lecture and taking notes should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

     

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  • Reading: University of North Texas: Diversity National Partnership for Reinventing Government's "Best Practices in Achieving Workforce Diversity" Link: University of North Texas: Diversity National Partnership for Reinventing Government's "Best Practices in Achieving Workforce Diversity" (PDF)

    Instructions: Upon clicking the link above, scroll down the webpage to the section titled “Benchmark Reports.”  Select the link “Best Practices in Achieving Workforce Diversity (2000) PDF Version” to download the PDF file.  Read this article beginning with the Executive Summary through Chapter 4 (pages 5-17 of the PDF).  Led by former Vice President of the United States Al Gore and the U.S. Department of Commerce, this reading will provide you with in-depth insight on diversity—why it is important and how it can be integrated into the workplace.  The reading is broken up into 4 chapters, and each chapter builds on the previous chapter.  You will see comments from leaders of major organizations, and the report provides some strategic key findings regarding diversity that you should indeed take note of and use as a source for implementing diversity within the workplace.

    This reading and note taking should take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete.

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7.2.2 How Does A Company Do Workplace Diversity?   Note: This topic is covered by the reading assigned below subunit 7.2.  Make sure to review the “Best Practices” article for information on important elements of achieving workplace diversity: leadership commitment, strategic planning, and employee involvement.