October 28, 2011
Describe the nature of the organization, its size, and any specific human resource challenges it faces. The name of my company is Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated (CCBCC). It is the nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. We make, sell and distribute Coca-Cola products along with other unique beverages. We operate in 11 states, primarily in the Southeast, with corporate offices located in Charlotte, NC. Our stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol COKE. Coke has a large human resource department and it faces challenges on a daily basis dealing with hiring and firing of employees. Describe the major legal concerns of the organization and recommend how those concerns should be addressed. “Given the clear and obvious importance as well as the complexities associated with the legal environment of human resource management, it is critically important that organizations comply with the laws and regulations that govern human resource management practices to the best of their ability. The assurance of compliance can best be done through a three-step process. The first step is to ensure the managers clearly understand the laws that govern every aspect of human resource management. In other words, all managers must understand and be intimately familiar with the various laws that restrict and govern their behavior vis-a’-vis their employees. Second, managers should rely on their own legal and human resource staff to answer questions and review procedures periodically. Almost all large organizations have a legal staff consisting of professional trained in various areas of legal environment of business. A human resource manager or other manager with a legal question regarding a particular employment issue or practice is well advised to consult the firm’s attorney about the legality of that particular action. And third, organizations may...