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Labor Relations in Public Organizations

Collective bargaining is a formalized process of negotiation between management and labor. It involves specified steps aimed at reaching an agreement on terms and conditions of employment, covering an agreed-on period of time. Since the…

Civic Duty Laws

A number of statutes protect employees against discharge for engaging in specific civic duties. One of these civic duties is jury service. Under the Jury System Improvements Act, permanent employees are protected from termination because…

HR Basics: Employee Relations

HR Basics is a series of short lessons, designed to highlight what you need to know about a particular human resource management topic. In this HR Basics, we explore Employee Relations, how to manage the relationship of employees with…

Labor Relations Reforms

Let’s take a look at labor relation reforms. In recent years unions have been under siege. Conservative reformers have criticized traditional labor–management relations, including collective bargaining, contending that bargaining is an…

Trends in Labor Relations

In business and industry union membership has been steadily declining since the 1950s, despite fluctuating growth spurts in public sector union membership. Overall, organized labor’s share of the workforce dropped from 14.5% in 1996 to…

History of Public Employee Labor Relations

Public-employee labor organizations were present in the national government as early as the 1830s. However, modern union activity didn’t exist until the early 1900s. Although the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was established in…

Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Public employee unions are under fire as governments at all levels seek to cope with limited resources and budget reductions. Unions are adept at hardball politics: They act as protectors (defending employees’ rights and interests),…

Employment Discrimination

Let’s take a look at what managers need to know about employment discrimination. The EEOC has investigatory, enforcement, and informational responsibilities. Therefore, it investigates charges of discrimination, enforces the employment…

Employee Benefits

The idea of social insurance began in Europe in the nineteenth century. At its core, social insurance protects people against job-related risks - disability, death, unemployment, and so forth. The goal of social insurance is to improve…

Equal Employment Opportunity Concepts

Court decisions and administrative rulings have helped define several basic EEO concepts. The four key concepts help clarify key EEO ideas that lead to fair treatment and nondiscriminatory employment decisions, business necessity, BFOQ,…