legal and ethical issues in hr management
1.Respond to the following in a minimum of 175 words:
Assume you are the human resources (HR) manager at ABC Publishing. The company has recently received several complaints of sexual harassment. The HR department has decided to create a sexual harassment policy.
Discuss what key elements the policy should include. Explain how the policy should be implemented and enforced. Example: zero base policy, safety and security issues (preventing needless accidents).
2. Respond to the following comment:
Sexual harassment claims needs to be taken seriously but also handled correctly. A few key elements from the text that should definitely be put in the policy are describing sexual harassment and what is prohibited and also taking corrective action whenever these lines are crossed (Dessler, 2019, pg 38). The reason for describing what sexual harassment is in the policy is to ensure there is no grey area, and that employees at ABC Publishing have a firm understanding of actions that will not be tolerated and are unacceptable. As far as taking corrective actions, this will play a huge role in preventing sexual harassment within the company. If employees break the guidelines in the policy but never receive discipline, this can make the policy pretty much useless. By establishing a corrective action plan in the policy and enforcing it, this lets everyone in the company know the severity of this policy and that it will also not be tolerated. Overall, I think the policy should be clear cut and to the point, but also let everyone withing ABC publishing know that these standards will be upheld at all cost.
3.Respond to the following comment:
According to the text, EEOC defines sexual harassment as:
unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that takes place under any of the following conditions:
- Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment.
- Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis of employment decisions affecting such individuals.
- Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. (Dessler, 2019, pg 36) .
As the manager of ABC Publishing, I would submit the EEOC’s definition of sexual harassment as the official policy for the company via updated and electronically distributed company handbooks. I then would schedule required training for all departments to educate and discuss on the topic. Instructions on how to go about reporting the violation and possible consequences would be covered as well as counseling being offered for those who may have been victimized or are afraid to come forth. A separate meeting would be held for leadership to further drive home policies the company is responsible for upholding in regards to the matter and discussion of strategies we intend to use if an incident is reported to them.