Ethical Decision-Making: Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights Chapter Objectives:
After exploring this chapter, you will be able to:
1. Discuss the two distinct perspectives on the ethics of workplace relationships. 2. Explain the concept of due process in the workplace.
3. Define “employment at will” and its ethical rationale. 4. Describe the costs of an EAW environment.
5. Explain how due process relates to performance appraisals. 6. Discuss whether it is possible to downsize in an ethical manner 7. Explain the difference between intrinsic and instrumental value in terms of health and safety 8. Describe the “acceptable risk” approach to health and safety in the workplace 9. Describe the nature of an employer’s responsibility with regard to employee health and safety and why the market is not the most effective arbiter of this responsibility 10. Explain the basic arguments for and against regulation of the global labor environment 11. Describe the argument for a market-based resolution to workplace discrimination. 12. Define diversity as it applies to the workplace.
13. Explain the benefits and challenges of diversity for the workplace. 14. Define affirmative action and explain the three ways in which affirmative action may be legally permissible. 15. Articulate the basic guidelines for affirmative action’s programs Decision-Making @ Work
There are two very distinct, and sometimes competing, perspectives on the ethics of workplace relationships. On one hand, employers might decide to treat employees well as a means to produce greater workplace harmony and productivity. On the other hand, of course, employers might treat employees well out of a Kantian sense of duty and rights, regardless of the either utilitarian or self-interested productivity consequences. Defining the Parameters of the Employment Relationship: Due Process “Philosophically, the right of due process is the right to be protected against the arbitrary use of authority.”...
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