Questions to Consider
Consider these questions while reading this module:
- What is employment-at-will?
- What employees are not considered "at will?"
- What policy limits do some courts recognize that prevent the discharge of at-will employees?
- Why does the federal government enact worker protection laws instead of leaving the treatment of workers to the states or their employers?
- What federal statute:
- governs hours and wages and child labor?
- protects the health and safety of employees?
- requires companies to notify workers and their communities of large lay-offs and plant closings?
- provides limited retirement and death benefit to certain employees and their dependents?
- encourages employers to set up private pension plans?
- requires employers to pay unemployment taxes into programs administered by the states?
- enables workers to continue company-sponsored health care policies after terminating their employment?
- provides unpaid leave for health reasons or to care for a family member?
- makes it unlawful for employers to hire illegal immigrants?
- How do state worker's compensation programs work? How are benefits determined?
- Do employees have any reasonable expectations of privacy for their e-mail and computer files? Phone conversations at work? What are the legal and ethical issues related to worker privacy?