Strategic Management: Formulation and Implementation

Legal Aspects Of Social Responsibility: Employer-employees Responsibility And Relationships

Almost every facet of employment relations between employer and employees has been affected by new legislation that has been enacted by the various governments. Both the employer and the employees have legal, ethical, and moral rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Employer rights. As long as a business obeys all laws and conducts business in a moral and ethical manner, it is entitled to make a reasonable profit and expect a full day's work for a full day's pay from its employees along with proper legal, ethical, and moral conduct from these same employees.

Employee rights. The vast of employee rights today are governed by legislation. Some of the major rights areas covered are affirmative action and equal employment, discrimination, sexual harassment, equitable living wages and benefits, equal protection, right to privacy and due process, freedom of speech, job satisfaction, and workplace safety and health.

How to accomplish these rights and get the employed and the employee to cooperate toward achieving productivity improvements is not an easy tasks. Each piece of newly enacted legislation cost the company money. In order to pay for this, companies take remedial action (e.g., hired part-time people for whom the need pay no insurance or retirement benefits, implemented plant closedowns; have forced concessions out of union, have in some cases even cut on executive bonuses, and so on).

In the meantime the workers and the unions are becoming more watchful and more reluctant to give large concession to business. Therefore, in spite of the new legislation, many problems still exist in the employer-employee area.