Hrm Regional Staff Outline

Bridgett Doctor

November 8, 2010

Instructor: Gwendolyn Burrell

Human Resource Law

The Summary

In this outline we will discuss five key regulatory areas of discussion. We will be discussing the employment law and the legal principles of employment. We will be closing with both legal compliance and ethical behavior in employment.

Employee Privacy

Employee privacy is already fairly restricted in many respects in many of America's large corporations. Employee privacy issues have surged to the forefront of the business press in recent years, spurred on by changing workplace dynamics and a litigation-conscious business environment. While stipulations on employee privacy parameters vary from state to state, legal experts state that private sector employees have fewer rights than they commonly believe. The U.S. Constitution's First Amendment free-speech clause and the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures apply only to action by the government, not to private-sector employers.
Monitoring of employee behavior, both in and out of the workplace, has undergone a dramatic increase in recent years. Scrutiny of job applicants has intensified, and this has fueled a boom in companies that do database searches of applicants'   credit reports, driving and court records, and even workers' compensation claims. Personal behavior is no longer off-limits.   Some firms have adopted rules that limit co-workers' dating. Others ban off-the-clock smoking and drinking. Many companies regularly test for drugs. Much of this is done without the workers' knowledge. Each business owner has to decide or his or herself how much privacy employees are entitled to on an ethical level. To ensure that employee privacy procedures and policies are understood by managers, supervisors, and employees, communication is important. Through communication, employee privacy procedures and policies are disseminated within the employer's organization. Communication...