Essay Assignment: Examine employment law and its impact on managing talent

Objective: Explain how employment law provides rights to employees and employers, and the steps employers must take to comply with employment law.

Introduction

This essay will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of various areas of employment law. You will describe “at-will” employment, explain limitations on employers under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and describe the limitations and delimitations of the use of drug testing by employers. By being able to explain these areas of employment law, you will internalize your knowledge and be a more effective manager. 

Deliverable

The essay for this lesson is required to be a minimum of 750 words that clearly demonstrates your understanding of the activity. Essays should have a clear introduction, thesis statement and conclusion, written in APA format (APAstyle.org). A minimum of three sources must be cited in-text and in the Reference list.

Activity Details

Step 1: Read the following questions, and use what you have learned about this lesson’s objective to summarize your responses. It is highly recommended that you use these questions/prompts as level 1 subheadings in your essay.

  • What is employment “at will” and under what circumstances is an employer restricted from terminating an at-will employee without cause? 
  • What disability-related information does the law prohibit an employer from asking an applicant for employment, and what actions must an employer take when hiring an employee with disabilities? Are there limits to what an employer must provide?
  • Describe the process by which an employer may drug test employees without violating employees’ privacy rights.

 

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