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Employer-Employee Relationships - Chapter Summary
Work through this chapter to get an overview of employer-employee relationship concepts in business. Inside, you'll find engaging lessons that examine employee rights, the ethics of employer-employee relationships, labor-management cooperation, bargaining impasses and much more. You can solidify your understanding of these topics by taking the chapter's self-assessment quizzes. We've also included printable lesson transcripts, and our instructors are available to answer your employer-employee relationship questions. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:
- Evaluate employee rights in terms of at-will employment, privacy, safety, job security, unions and due process
- Detail ways to avoid common employment and business lawsuits
- Define the concept of employee relations
- Assess employer-employee relationship ethics
- Interpret workers' rights through union organization and management relations
- Understand the advantages of labor-management cooperation
- Recognize the consequences of different bargaining impasses
- Outline labor relations legislation pertaining to collective bargaining
- Identify protection requirements regarding health and safety regulations
- Explain the Whistleblower Act
1. Employee Rights: Employment-At-Will Doctrine & Exceptions
Most employment relationships in the United States are subject to the employment-at-will doctrine. In this lesson, you'll learn about the employment-at-will doctrine and its exceptions. You'll also have the chance to take a short quiz.
2. Employee Rights: Privacy & Safety
The modern workplace can be an intrusive and sometimes even a dangerous and violent place. In this lesson, you'll learn about employee privacy and safety. Topics will include employee surveillance, social media and workplace safety and violence.
3. Employee Rights: Job Security, Unions & Due Process
Most employees in the U.S. are subject to employment at-will or a collective bargaining agreement negotiated by a labor union. This lesson will explore an employer's obligations associated with providing due process rights to their employees.
4. How to Avoid Common Business & Employment Lawsuits
Although employers face a variety of legal risks, most litigation brought by employees is related to one or more of five major categories. This lesson describes the steps an employer can take to reduce their exposure to adverse legal action.
5. What Is Employee Relations? - Definition & Concept
Happy employees are productive employees. Successful businesses know how to manage relationships to build lasting employee satisfaction. Learn the meaning of employee relations and understand the essential elements of an effective employee relations program.
6. The Ethics of the Employer-Employee Relationship & Its Effect on Stakeholders
The employer-employee relationship must be ethically sound. There are specific requirements that each side expects in order to respect the employment relationship and its effect on stakeholders.
7. Workers' Rights: Union Organization & Management Relations
Employees are one of the primary stakeholders to a corporation. In this lesson, you will learn about the importance of workers' rights and how unions can create a joint relationship with management.
8. Benefits of Labor-Management Cooperation
In the United States, the adversarial relationship between management and labor is being replaced by a more collaborative approach. This lesson will explore some specific steps to reduce distrust and improve cooperation for the good of both the business and the union employee.
9. Bargaining Impasses: Strikes, Lockouts & Other Consequences
If negotiations between management and a union are not succeeding, either party may turn to more drastic measures to pressure concessions. In this lesson, you'll learn about strikes, lockouts, picketing and boycotts.
10. Collective Bargaining: Definition and Labor Relations Legislation
The National Labor Relations Act established the National Labor Relations Board and required employers to use collective bargaining. This lesson explains these labor law concepts.
11. Health & Safety Regulations: Protection Requirements & Acceptable Risk
Companies have to abide by federal health and safety regulations enforced by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act). In this lesson, you will learn the protection requirements and acceptable risks companies must be knowledgeable about in the workplace.
12. What Is the Whistleblower Act? - Definition, Rights & Protection
A whistleblower is an employee that reports an employer's misconduct. There are laws that protect whistleblowers from being fired or mistreated for reporting misconduct. One of these laws is the Whistleblower Protection Act. This lesson explains the Whistleblower Protection Act and other laws that protect whistleblowers.
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