Homework Week 2 |
HRM 320 Employment Law |
Elizabeth Larson |
1. What do you think are some of the factors in the modern workplace that contribute to a theft of time? How can those factors be managed?
The development of newer technologies within the workplace has transformed work arrangements and habits. There are many examples of theft of time including sleeping on the job, taking a longer lunch, and even taking care of personal responsibilities during work
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There are statues put into place that protect whistleblowers from retaliation from the employers they expose. When an employee does file a complaint on their employer, “Section 11© of the OSH Act prohibits employers from discriminating against their employees for exercising their rights under the OSH Act” (Whistleblower Protection Program). While federal agencies are monitored and respond to employee complaints, OSHA does not fine these agencies. Furthermore, state and local government employees are not covered by Federal OSHA but do have OSH Act protections, only if they work in a state that has an OSHA approved state program.
An example of a whistleblower is Edward Snowden. One of the most recent and well-known whistleblower cases, in June 2013 he leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) into the mainstream media. The U.S. department of Justice even charged him with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property-punishable by up to 30 years in prison (Herszenhorn). Snowden is currently residing in Europe seeking asylum in various European countries.
3. "Retaliation" has become one of the most often cited reasons for employees filing charges with the EEOC against their employers. Please define "retaliation" in the legal, employment sense - and explain when it is illegal. What can an employee do when they feel