As you discovered in the readings, many employment laws focus on protecting individual rights. In this discussion, you will explore your perceptions of how well the laws work. Based on your readings and your work experiences, do you believe that the laws are effective in balancing the power between employers and employees? Can employees rely on the law and related administrative processes to ensure the fair treatment intended by these laws? If you see gaps in the law, how would you recommend closing them?
For this discussion activity, respond to the following:
Discuss whether employment laws have effectively leveled the playing field in terms of power in the employer/employee relationship.
Explain and substantiate your response with an example.
When responding to others, compare and contrast their critical HR challenge with your own. Do you feel these issues are connected in any way? Explain why or why not.
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