Why Training and Education Are Vital in Health Care
Legal, Safety, and Regulatory Requirements
Instructor Alejandra Sipion
Common sense in the workplace has been replaced by litigation. Human resource departments now have many rules and regulations that need to be followed or the company can face stiff fines and penalties. Some of these regulations that have been established by the United States, such as the Department of Labor, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Americans with Disabilities Act from 1990, and the Department of Homeland Security will be discussed in this paper in relation to how they have an effect on all human resource departments of all types of organizations.
The Department of Labor administers and enforces more than 180 federal laws (Calvasina G,Calvasina R, Calvasina E, 2009). These laws cover a large variety of workplace laws. These include some that assure workplace safety, minimum wage, overtime pay, freedom from employment discrimination, and unemployment insurance. The human resource departments of all companies have to assure that they are in compliance with minimum wage pay, making sure that all employees get paid appropriately for overtime, and that the workplace is safe and has healthy conditions for all employees. Another way this effects human resources is they have to continually assure that no employee was let go for a discriminatory reason. If it is found that the company has not hired someone, or even fired someone because of discrimination, the company can face huge fines. Also, when laying someone off, or firing them, human resources have to make a decision as to whether they would benefit keeping this person on and possibly put in a different position that they may be more fit for, or if they want to pay them unemployment. Either way, the company is paying out money, or human resources has to decide what is the best decision for the company.
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