HR CHALLENGE: CONTEMPORARY ISSUE
In your work as an HRM professional, you will often encounter situations where current events, issues, and technologies impact your work with the employees and systems in human resources. This assignment asks you to take a broad look at the human resources spectrum of topics and select a current, law-related topic. You will then analyze and assess the ethical ramifications of the issue in the workplace.
Your supervisor has asked you to research some of the latest law-related trends in human resources so that the team can project ahead to scientific, technical, or social trends that might impact the workplace in the near future. This is intended to be a background research project—you will present your findings in a 3–4-page memorandum to your supervisor that might also be shared with other HRM executives.
You are an HRM professional who is tasked with researching at least one law-related article about a current issue in human resources and writing a memorandum about the background research that you have completed.
1. Write a memorandum to your supervisor describing and analyzing a contemporary scientific, technical, or social issue impacting the workplace. Select your issue from the list below. You may use the listed article as your required resource.
EEOC-Discrimination by Type
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (n.d.). Discrimination by type. Retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/index.cfm
- LEAP 2019: The top 10 lessons for HR.(2019). HR Specialist: Employment Law, 49(5), 5.
- How to avoid age bias when talking retirement with employees. (2014). HR Specialist, 12(1), 8.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (n.d.). Race/color discrimination. Retrieved from https://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/race_color.cfm
- Assigning black employees to black clients: Is that racial bias? (2010). HR Specialist, 8(1), 3.
- Hawkins, D. (2016, February 8). Racial discrimination – Title VII. Wisconsin Law Journal.
Inclusion and Diversity
- Bisco, J., Gradisher, S., & Mulholland, B. (2019). Women and diversity: Why the conversation must continue in financial services. Journal of Financial Service Professionals, 73(1), 72–84.
- Burnham, C., Puckett, B., & Deakins, O. (2017). In contentious times, reaffirm commitment to inclusion, diversity. HR Specialist, 15(2), 7.
- Ahlrichs, K. (2018). Go beyond harassment best practices: Add respect to your culture. HR Specialist, 16(8), 8.
- Whistleblower at work? Protect, don’t reject. (2019). HR Specialist, 17(11), 3.
- Nagele-Piazza, L. (2019). Creating LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies.HRNews.
Gun Violence at Work
- Are you prepared for gun violence at work? (2019). HR Specialist: Employment Law, 49(10), 1–2.
Social Media at Work
- Di Gangi, P. M., Johnston, A. C., Worrell, J. L., & Thompson, S. C. (2018). What could possibly go wrong? A multi-panel Delphi study of organizational social media risk. Information Systems Frontiers, 20(5), 1097–1116.
2. Research the topic you selected using the law-related article associated with the issue from the list. Support your assertions with citations from your course readings, workplace examples, and any relevant additional research.
3. Address the following elements in your issue synopsis:
- Describe your chosen contemporary scientific, technical, or social issue, including how it has impacted the workplace.
- Analyze how your issue influenced or could influence employee productivity in your own current or former organization. Be sure to keep the organization anonymous.
- Explain the impact of your issue from your perspective of an HRM executive.
- Assess how relevant legislation affects your issue in the workplace.
- Assess the ethical ramifications of your issue on HRM practices in the workplace.
4. Review the HR Challenge: Contemporary Issue Scoring Guide before submitting this assignment to ensure that you have thoroughly addressed the grading criteria.
The deliverable for this assignment applies professional skills in Human Resources Management (HRM) to workplace situations which you will likely encounter in your day-to-day work in HRM. As part of your learning, we focus on the development of effective professional communication skills for the workplace.
- Length of paper: Your memorandum should be 3–4 double-spaced pages, including the resources page.
- Organization: Make sure that your assignment writing is well-organized, using headings and subheadings to organize content for the reader.
- Font and font size: Times New Roman, 12 point.
- Number of resources: A minimum of one law related article and any course readings.
- Evidence: Support your assertions with data and/or in-text citations. Use current APA format for in-text citations and create a reference list at the end of your documents.
- APA formatting: Resources and in-text citations are formatted according to current APA style and formatting.
- Written communication:
- Convey purpose, in an appropriate tone and style, incorporating supporting evidence and adhering to organizational, professional, and scholarly writing standards.
- Write for a specific audience, using the vernacular of the profession.
- Use spell-check and other tools to ensure correct spelling and grammar