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Ch 3: Employment Law & Rights of Employees

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In this chapter, watch engaging video lessons that will give you insight into employment laws and the rights of employees. You may use the quizzes in each lesson to test your comprehension of the material.

Employment Law & Rights of Employees - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Employment law is one of the most important topics covered in human resource management. Managers must know the rights of their employees and understand how to comply with the laws that determine these rights. This chapter takes a look at these laws and the rights that employees have. Instructors use video lessons to teach you the most essential information on this topic. Use the quizzes at the end of each lesson to make sure you understand the material that is covered. The topics covered in this chapter include:

  • The laws and regulations by which human resource managers must abide
  • Important employment laws concerning labor and wages
  • Regulation of benefit plans in the private sector
  • Significance of COBRA for employees
  • The Affordable Healthcare Act's importance to human resource managers
  • Ways employees are protected from injury or compensated after injury
  • The law that regulates how labor and management must operate their relations

Video Objective
Human Resource Management (HRM): Laws & Regulations Analyze the policies and governing entities with which human resources departments must comply.
Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act Connect the reason why the Fair Labor Standards Act was passed during the industrial revolution.
Equal Pay Act: Definition and Effects Evaluate the issues that women face in terms of unequal pay and the laws aimed at stopping this unfair treatment.
ERISA Law: Explanation & Importance Summarize the law that regulates benefit plans in the private sector.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Overview and Importance Illustrate how employees are protected when they must take off time for important life events.
COBRA: Overview and Importance Explain COBRA and how employees may keep their insurance coverage even after leaving employment.
Affordable Health Care Act: Description, Overview & Relevance to HR Management Assess one of the newest federal laws by which employers must comply.
Unemployment Insurance: Definition and Significance Consider unemployment compensation and its impact on employers and their employees.
Workers Compensation: Overview and Description Dissect the workers' compensation system and how it addresses work injuries.
Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA Validate how these regulations are used to minimize danger in the workplace.
The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act Calculate how this act can alleviate economic issues caused by layoffs and closings.
Labor Relations & Unions: NLRA, Taft-Hartley & the Civil Service Reform Act Distinguish which laws that labor and management must follow in their relations.
Relation of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 to Human Resource Management Break down this influential act and how it applies to HR management.
International Union, UAW v. Johnson Controls: History & Analysis Analyze this Supreme Court decision and how it impacted women in the workforce.
Case Study: Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. Measure this Supreme Court case's effect on sexual harassment in the workplace.

15 Lessons in Chapter 3: Employment Law & Rights of Employees
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Human Resource Management (HRM): Laws & Regulations

1. Human Resource Management (HRM): Laws & Regulations

Learn about several laws, regulations, policies and governing entities that human resource management (HRM) must comply with, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment and affirmative action.

Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act

2. Minimum Wage & Child Labor: Purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act was passed during the Industrial Revolution and Great Depression eras of the United States. It was common for workers to experience cruel work environments during this time. This lesson explains the purpose of the Fair Labor Standards Act, including the provisions on minimum wages and child labor.

Equal Pay Act: Definition and Effects

3. Equal Pay Act: Definition and Effects

Women have made huge strides in the working world in recent decades. However, there is still a problem of unequal pay. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Equal Pay Act and its key provisions. A short quiz follows the lesson.

ERISA Law: Explanation & Importance

4. ERISA Law: Explanation & Importance

In the U.S., individuals are primarily responsible for saving for retirement. A pivotal vehicle is employer-sponsored retirement plans. In this lesson, you'll learn about ERISA, which is an important law that regulates private sector benefit plans.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Overview and Importance

5. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Overview and Importance

Sometimes tragic or important personal events, such as a birth, medical illness or death of a loved one, require us to take time off from work. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Family and Medical Leave Act protects employees during these times.

COBRA: Overview and Importance

6. COBRA: Overview and Importance

Health insurance is one of the most important benefits an employee receives. In this lesson, you'll learn how COBRA allows an employee to keep his insurance coverage after he has left employment. A short quiz follows.

Affordable Health Care Act: Description, Overview & Relevance to HR Management

7. Affordable Health Care Act: Description, Overview & Relevance to HR Management

One of the newest federal laws facing employers today is the Affordable Care Act. In this lesson, you'll be provided an overview of the Affordable Care Act and its relevance to human resource management. A short quiz follows.

Unemployment Insurance: Definition and Significance

8. Unemployment Insurance: Definition and Significance

While no one wants to think about it, it is likely that most people will face some period of unemployment during their working lives. In this lesson, you'll learn about unemployment compensation and its significance to employers, employees and the economy.

Workers' Compensation: Overview and Description

9. Workers' Compensation: Overview and Description

Sometimes, work can be a dangerous proposition and accidents happen even in the safest of jobs. The workers' compensation system is designed to address these situations. In this lesson, you'll learn about some key aspects of the system.

Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA

10. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA

The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

11. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

Massive layoffs and plant closings can dramatically affect the lives of employees. In this lesson, you'll learn about the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and how it attempts to alleviate economic fallout.

Labor Relations & Unions: NLRA, Taft-Hartley & the Civil Service Reform Act

12. Labor Relations & Unions: NLRA, Taft-Hartley & the Civil Service Reform Act

The relationship between labor and management is governed by a set of federal labor laws. In this lesson, you'll learn about the National Labor Relations Act, the Taft-Hartley Act and the Civil Service Reform Act. A short quiz follows.

Relation of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 to Human Resource Management

13. Relation of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 to Human Resource Management

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is one of the most influential laws affecting employment in the United States. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 amended some of its provisions. In this lesson, you'll learn about how each Act applies to HR Management.

International Union, UAW v. Johnson Controls: History & Analysis

14. International Union, UAW v. Johnson Controls: History & Analysis

Employers can establish policies with their employees' best interest in mind. However, even policies that seemingly have good intentions can be found to be discriminatory. This lesson will discuss the history and outcome of one such case.

Case Study: Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc.

15. Case Study: Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc.

Read a case study of the landmark Supreme Court case Harris v. Forklift Systems, Inc. Learn how the ruling affected the benchmark for deciding sexual harassment cases and the definition of hostile workplaces.

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