Chapter 1 of the legal textbook, we read about:

The regulation of employment

Definition of an employer and
an employee

Employment-at-Will doctrine and
forms of discharge and remedies

Chapter 2:

Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and who/what it covers

Disparate treatment and
disparate impact (also called adverse treatment and impact)

Chapter 3:

The employment environment,
which also addressed:

Recruiting, testing, and

Performance appraisals and

And, in the remaining
chapters, we will cover:

Affirmative Action

Discrimination based on

Race and color,

National origin,


Affinity Orientation,


Age, and


Employee’s right to privacy and
management of personal information

Labor Law (unions)

Employee benefits and

Week #2,
you read about some relatively new
HR-related laws and discussed them.

For your Week #3 Assignment:

Each group will explore one of
the topics, below, from a legal perspective.

Conduct research from both the
Library peer-reviewed journal databases and the federal government web
pages, to familiarize yourself with your topic, and

In no more than six,
double-spaced, APA-formatted pages, report your findings.

A cover page, Abstract, and References
page are required, but are in addition to the body of your report.

The topics:

Group 1: Guns in the workplace (including the recent initiatives to prohibit employers from
prohibiting guns on company property)

Group 2: Non-Hostile work environment (including the latest joint EEOC & OSHA Guidelines)

Group 3: Alcohol and drug testing

Group 4: Employment

Background checks, credit checks, reference checking and associated negligent
HR issues

Group 5: Sexual affinity orientation: A brief history,
and current state or federal legislation. (Hint:
One issue is how the recent Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA affects HR

I will let the groups
decide how they will divide up the tasks required. However, note the last section, below.

All work must be conducted in
the Group area.

It is strongly preferred that
your work be in the group conference area to insure all students can
participate. Those groups that contain
students in different time zones will appreciate this!

Phone calls and e-mails will
not earn credit.

Chats outside the LEO classroom
will not earn credit unless you post a transcript of those in attendance and provide
a summary of who said what, etc.

In other words: If I cannot see the work being done, it will
not earn credit.

Group members are expected to:

Set and individually meet
deadlines set by the group.

Participate in the early
decision-making and latter paper editing.

An editor role should be
fulfilled, but the editor should not be expected to take raw materials and
create another group member’s section.

§ Individual contributions should be posted in the documents area of the group, and should be
in APA format, with references, also in correct APA format.

§ It is not the editor’s job to search for references and/or correct spelling, grammar, or APA formatting.

§ The editor typically
writes the Abstract and Summary/Conclusion, along with the cover and references

However, it is not the Editor’s
job to locate your resources and correctly format them in APA.

§ The editor also submits the final document to Turnitin. If there are sections that are identified by
Tii as unoriginal, the group member who submitted that section is responsible
for editing it to an acceptable level.

Individuals do NOT submit their contribution to Turnitin!!

Important to note: Any
group member who does not meet group assignments, deadlines, and other stated
expectations should not have their name on the cover sheet as an author.
This is a non-negotiable issue, as I
expect great group citizenship behaviors.


To explore your topic from a
legal (primarily federal) perspective,

Identify the laws covering your
topic, which employers must comply, how and why,

Explain what employers must do
to comply, and

Assume the employer has no
policy or practices in place and needs to implement them to protect the
employer and employees under these applicable laws.


Should include all elements
within an organization, such as

The top management team’s role


All forms of internal and
external communications

Brief content of the policy and
practices and how these affect the organization

Any other requirements under
the law

Budgetary and resources

Process to address questions,
complaints, etc.

Time-line for implementation

Any other critical components,
as required by law and/or suggested in the literature.


At least three (2)
peer-reviewed journal articles

At least two (2) sources from a
federal government web site (a “.com” web site is not acceptable)

I typically do not accept
resources from “.edu” web sites.
This is not graduate-level research.
Use ‘s on-line database library to find peer-reviewed articles.

At least one (1) practitioner
publication (e.g., HRMagazine)


It is strongly suggested that
students use the documents posted in Course Content that explain what can (and
cannot) be used.

Any textbook should not
be the main resource, and should not be cited more than one or two times with
very short citations.

Use the course text book to
find key words, issues, laws, etc., that you can use for database searches.


Submit to Turnitin in the Week
3 Assignment folder,

Return to insure your report is
20% or less, and all quoted text is formatted as such.

If not, revise and resubmit in
the Week 3 Revision folder until it is20% or less.

In your final document, check
all matching text (in your Turnitin report) to insure you have formatted it as
a quoted in APA style format, and properly cited, with a matching reference.

Add your cover page and
references page

Remember that, even if you do
not quote, you still have to cite and reference to tell your readers where you
obtained your information.

Submit in LEO.

I tried to be as thorough as possible. Let me know if there is missing information
or you have questions.

Dr. S