workplace investigations and alternative dispute resolution
Assessment 4 Analyze the value of efficient workplace investigations and alternative dispute resolution processes that align with an organization’s structure and goals. In addition, analyze the impact labor unions can have on the balance of power between employees and employers. Provide a three-part written analysis of workplace investigations, dispute resolution practices, and contemporary labor relations. Part 1: Hostile Work Environment Investigation Explore the processes and key issues in conducting effective and legally defensible workplace investigations. Launch the media piece Sexual Harassment and Workplace Litigation, linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading, and work through the interview with Les. Answer the following questions: What is your next step after meeting with Les? How will you prepare for it? What would you do next? Why? How will you make the determination regarding the case? As an employee relations professional, which aspect of the case is most troubling to you? Why? Based on the information presented, including the evidence, what should be done? Why? Part 2: Alternative Dispute Resolutions Based on what you already know, have read, or researched about different methods of resolving disputes, explore alternative dispute resolutions. Answer the following questions, using your current organization as the context, if possible, so that you can include your insights into organizational culture and norms. What are the three most important things you would be concerned about if charged with creating a new alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process for an organization? How would you ensure that employees would not face retaliation? Compare alternative dispute resolution practices, including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. In what ways are these practices similar? In what ways are these practices different? Part 3: Different Unions, Different Issues Examine two national labor unions, such as the UAW, AFT, or SEIU. What are the issues these unions are concerned with? Are the issues the same for both unions? Why do you think these issues are similar or dissimilar? What is the source of the statement presenting these issues: a particular political representative, a recent poll, or some other source? Is this source reliable? Do you think the issues are relevant to the current world of work? What evidence have you found in your research to support your impression of the relevance of these issues’ to the world of work today? Are there more relevant issues that are not being addressed? Provide evidence to support your position. Do you think the issues could be addressed by management given today’s employment laws? Why or why not? Is there a better alternative than the voices of these two unions for addressing these issues? What impact do these unions have on the employee-employer relationship? What are some of the ethical implications of unfair employer labor practices? How does the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1947 affect organizations today? Additional Requirements Length of paper: Your paper should consist of three distinct sections. Each part should be 3–4 pages (double-spaced). Include a references page at the end of your paper. Written communication: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly and professional. Your writing should be: Concise and logically organized. Free of errors in grammar and mechanics. Validation and support: Provide relevant and credible supporting evidence. APA formatting: Format all citations and references in accordance with APA sixth edition guidelines
You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.
Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.
ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CLASS
Discussion Questions (DQ)
Initial responses to the DQ should address all components of the questions asked, include a minimum of one scholarly source, and be at least 250 words.
Successful responses are substantive (i.e., add something new to the discussion, engage others in the discussion, well-developed idea) and include at least one scholarly source.
One or two sentence responses, simple statements of agreement or “good post,” and responses that are off-topic will not count as substantive. Substantive responses should be at least 150 words.
I encourage you to incorporate the readings from the week (as applicable) into your responses.
Your initial responses to the mandatory DQ do not count toward participation and are graded separately.
In addition to the DQ responses, you must post at least one reply to peers (or me) on three separate days, for a total of three replies.
Participation posts do not require a scholarly source/citation (unless you cite someone else’s work).
Part of your weekly participation includes viewing the weekly announcement and attesting to watching it in the comments. These announcements are made to ensure you understand everything that is due during the week.
APA Format and Writing Quality
Familiarize yourself with APA format and practice using it correctly. It is used for most writing assignments for your degree. Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for APA paper templates, citation examples, tips, etc. Points will be deducted for poor use of APA format or absence of APA format (if required).
Cite all sources of information! When in doubt, cite the source. Paraphrasing also requires a citation.
I highly recommend using the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition.
Use of Direct Quotes
I discourage overutilization of direct quotes in DQs and assignments at the Masters’ level and deduct points accordingly.
As Masters’ level students, it is important that you be able to critically analyze and interpret information from journal articles and other resources. Simply restating someone else’s words does not demonstrate an understanding of the content or critical analysis of the content.
It is best to paraphrase content and cite your source.
For assignments that need to be submitted to LopesWrite, please be sure you have received your report and Similarity Index (SI) percentage BEFORE you do a “final submit” to me.
Once you have received your report, please review it. This report will show you grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors that can easily be fixed. Take the extra few minutes to review instead of getting counted off for these mistakes.
Review your similarities. Did you forget to cite something? Did you not paraphrase well enough? Is your paper made up of someone else’s thoughts more than your own?
Visit the Writing Center in the Student Success Center, under the Resources tab in LoudCloud for tips on improving your paper and SI score.
The university’s policy on late assignments is 10% penalty PER DAY LATE. This also applies to late DQ replies.
Please communicate with me if you anticipate having to submit an assignment late. I am happy to be flexible, with advance notice. We may be able to work out an extension based on extenuating circumstances.
If you do not communicate with me before submitting an assignment late, the GCU late policy will be in effect.
I do not accept assignments that are two or more weeks late unless we have worked out an extension.
As per policy, no assignments are accepted after the last day of class. Any assignment submitted after midnight on the last day of class will not be accepted for grading. workplace investigations and alternative dispute resolution
Communication is so very important. There are multiple ways to communicate with me:
Questions to Instructor Forum: This is a great place to ask course content or assignment questions. If you have a question, there is a good chance one of your peers does as well. This is a public forum for the class.
Individual Forum: This is a private forum to ask me questions or send me messages. This will be checked at least once every 24 hours. workplace investigations and alternative dispute resolution
workplace investigations and alternative dispute resolution