Employee Rights V Consumer Rights: how to resolve the employer dilemmas?
Employee rights’ is a term used to describe the range of legal protections that are afforded to individuals and groups that are in the employ of business organizations. Employee rights can be further divided into four primary categories: rights relating to labor union organizing and collective bargaining; rights relating to working hours and pay; rights relating to workplace safety and workers' compensation; and rights relating to discrimination in hiring or in the workplace. The purpose of employee rights laws is to protect them against unsafe or unfair working conditions, and to provide compensation of wage for family emergencies, as well as time off for personal emergencies. Both federal and state laws have been constructed to protect employee rights. Employees also have the right to a fair wage, fair hours and freedom from discrimination while they hold a job, and during the interview process. Lastly, employees have the right to complain about unsafe working conditions without running the risk of losing their job, otherwise known as whistle-blower protection. A consumer is defined as someone who acquires goods or services for direct use or ownership rather than for resale or use in production and manufacturing. Consumer rights refer to principles of freedom that users of a particular product are entitled to. They are designed to ensure that fair competition and the free flow of truthful information in the market exists. Generally accepted basic consumer rights are (1) Right to safety: protection from hazardous goods. (2) Right to be informed: availability of information required for weighing alternatives and protection from false and misleading claims in advertising and labeling practices. (3) Right to choose: availability of competing goods and services that offer alternatives in terms of price, quality, service. (4) Right to be heard: assurance that government will take full...
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