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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Laws Regarding Management of People

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 3 stars
Ease of Use: 4 stars
Reviewed: Jul 03, 2002 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This module provides an overview of many U.S. laws that are related to managing
and employing people in the workplace. By clicking on various links information
can be obtained about specific laws regarding hiring issues, wage and hour
laws, minors, taxes, heath and safety, discrimination, privacy and termination.
Additional links are provided within most topics for more support information,
usually with a link to state-specific details.
Learning Goals: The goal is to familiarize the reader with the numerous legal requirements
associated with managing employees in the workplace. It is especially relevant
to small employers who many not have an in-house human resources department.
Target Student Population: Students in upper level undergraduate Management and Human Resource Management
courses.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Students should have some basic understanding of the practices surrounding the
hiring of employees. This may be gained through a Principles of Management or
Human Resources Management course.
Type of Material: This is a collection of information and links to other reference material on
employment law.
Recommended Uses: The module can be used as a reference material and descriptive overview of the
laws and regulations in regards to the management of people.
Technical Requirements: Standard internet browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site itself provides a good overview of introductory material for a newcomer
to the area of employment law. The laws and regulations are succinctly
summarized and written in ?plain English? and the site is therefore a welcome
change from many of the readings in the legal field. The reader can delve more
deeply into a particular area of interest as the site provides numerous links to
other information sources. Additionally, links to state-by-state laws are
provided.
Concerns: The site itself is written by the Small Business Administration and is designed
to provide very broad and basic information that is oriented towards small
business owners. The information provided is simplistic and does not indicate
the legal complexities associated with hiring and managing employees. The
links must be pursued in order to review detailed information about each area of
employment law.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 3 stars
Strengths: This tool introduces students to a lot of information in a consolidated format.
It makes them aware of the complexities of the legal environment when managing
people in the workplace. The reference information can be used to supplement
other assignments, such as case analyses. The link to Nola.com is particularly
helpful as its mission is to translate ?legalese?into plain English.
Concerns: The information provided by the site is fairly basic; many of the exceptions and
intricacies of the law are identified only after the links have been pursued in
detail.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The information is well organized, clearly presented and easily accessed. While
not all of the information on the site pertains to employment law, it is
clearly labeled and easy to find. The links are helpful and informative.
Concerns: The site is geared towards the needs of small business employers; therefore,
some
information that is more relevant to large employers is not included on the
site.

Other Issues and Comments: