University of Phoenix
Human resources in health care
January 31, 2011
Legal, Safety, and Regulatory Requirements
The legal, safety, and regulatory impact the human resource department greatly by ensuring that all employees are treated equally and fairly. The rights of both employer and employee are covered by several different entities such as the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. These have been set in place by the United States so as to protect both employer and employee from unfair acts on either’s part. In the few following paragraphs the effect of legal, safety, and regulatory requirements on the human resource process, an insight into the statement “Common sense and compassion in the workplace has been replaced by litigation”, and a brief look at the impact of the Department of Labor, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The American’s Disability Act of 1990, and the Department of Homeland Security on the human resource processes. The Effect of Legal, Safety and Regulatory Requirements on the Human Resource Process The individuals within the human resource department must be well versed in all the laws and regulations as set by the United States as they are expected to abide by these laws and rules. Once the potential employee has signed an employment contract, a new relationship is formed between employer and employee. “Both employers and employees have rights and obligations to each other when they enter into a contract. An employment contract spells out explicitly the terms of the employment relationship for both employee and employer (Gomez-Mejia, Balkin, & Cardy, 2010, p. 441)”. As stated both parties that come into agreement and enter a contract have equal rights and responsibilities. The U.S. Department of Labor has legal rules set in place to...