Balance of US Labor Laws

Balance of US Labor Laws

Explain how balanced or imbalanced the US labor laws are in terms of employees and organizations.

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post should be at least 200 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources. Your initial post is worth 8 points.
  • You should respond to at least two of your peers by extending, refuting/correcting, or adding additional nuance to their posts. Your reply posts are worth 2 points (1 point per response.)
  • All replies must be constructive and use literature where possible.

Post by classmate 1

 

US labor laws are specific to rules established that cover terms of employment on several levels. Whether federal and/or state standards, there is a difference in how and why rules would apply to certain labor conditions. For example, there are specific laws that deal with child labor issues. When employing a child, both federal and state laws would apply to ensure all aspects of employment terms are addressed. The issue of whether US labor laws are in terms of employees and organizations, balanced or imbalanced would be addressed based on the circumstance. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established to provide specific rules that affect full and part-time workers working in the private sector, federal, state, and local governments. Rules may change based on the age of the minor worker and what type of work would be performed.

Most credible employers follow all US labor laws and have mechanisms in place that ensure laws are followed.  Human resources leaders play an essential role in managing employment relationships in most organizations and ensure rules are followed as it relates to the balance of US labor laws, how they apply to employees, and impact organizations. One example of how our human resources department confirms our new hires are authorized to work is using a Pre-Check system that dials into the Department of Homeland Security and verifies if our new hires are authorized to work in the United States.

Reference:

US Department of Labor. (2020). Retrieved July 9, 2020, from https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/youthlabor/statelaborlaws (Links to 

Post by classmate 2

 

US Labor laws furnishes protection for all individuals employed within the Unites States and is intended to healthily maintain and preserve the rights and security within a place of employment (Henderson, n.d.). To better perpetuate and uphold the standard, the House of Congress legislated the National Labor Relations Act to fabricate checks and balances between workers and employers mutually. The adoption of these laws has been successful in serving as governance for workforce operations. In efforts to reverse the downslope of union memberships in the last decade, in December of 2017, Congress passed the Workplace Action for Growing Economy (WAGE) Act that unfortunately started an influx in disregarding the rights of workers and employers that were established under the federal labor laws (US Chamber of Commerce, 2018).

Furthermore, the Bill created an upset as it rose controversy and imbalance in areas such as:

  • Card Check- Ban secret ballot elections where workers would vote/opt to organize a union.
  • Ambush Elections- Elections can take place in as little as 10 days before having the opportunity to weigh the pros and cons of unionizing and even before it is determined who is eligible to vote.
  • Mandatory Contracts- In the event that unions and employers are at a discourse and cannot come to an agreement within a 90 day window, a government arbitrator would issue a government dictated contract to determine worker’s level of pay, benefits and work rules.
  • Dragging innocent parties into labor disputes- Through this Act, secondary boycotts against companies that have no relationship to a labor dispute are legalized. Any discourse as it relates to a company targeted by a union, this created disruption and havoc in surrounding communities as well as economically.
  • Abolishing the right-to-work laws- The 28 States that has adopted the right-to-work laws are in jeopardy of those rights being invalidated should legislation abolish all state right-to-work laws. Workers all over would be permitted to pay union dues to sustain their jobs whether they like it or not.

(US Chamber of Commerce, 2018).

Seemingly, the WAGE Act has disenfranchised the moral compass of worker and employer’s rights that was initially implemented by the National Labor Relations Act causing an imbalance in the US Labor Laws in the workforce.

References

Henderson, K. (n.d.). Basic Labor Laws. Retrieved from https://smallbusiness.chron.com/basic-labor-laws-2929.html (Links to an 

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