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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


FAQ - Employee Relations

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Jun 30, 2009 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This website contains some specific topics in Employee Relations. Answers are provided for these situations, including: access to personal files, jury duty, severance pay, etc. The site supports a book "Labor Pains," that is for sale, and there are links to expanded answers in the textbook. Even though one does not own the book, this could be a good review guide.
Learning Goals: Students will learn the legal issues surrounding different aspects of individual
employment, and the restrictions and boundary conditions imposed by federal
sanction.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate or graduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: None
Type of Material: Reference
Recommended Uses: This site is useful as a reference material for students, particularly those who desire a knowledge of the intricacies of human resource management law. Also useful for Human resource management or introductory management courses
Technical Requirements: Browser

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: The site provides good reference data based on case law and government code regulations. Also provides examples of current management practice and different types of scenarios that present legal matters. Essentially, the site reviews: *Content that is supported from relevant court rulings and case law *Explanations of work related behavior that is governed by legislation *Descriptions of employment scenarios that are applicable to current and future managers *Documents current practice of companies in the relevant areas *Accurate depictions of employment situations
Concerns: This is mainly a reference site. It is not a stand alone module.FAQ-Employee Relations is not intended to be an exhaustive compendium of employment related law. Some of the sections listed on the website however are inaccessible without a password and subsequent authorization (e.g., HIPPA).

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: "FAQ-Employment Relations" is well organized, both in hotlinks and alphabetically by order within content area is effective at providing an introduction to employment law and current policy that governs the majority of workers engages students with an interactive quiz.
Concerns: It appears some of the site is commercial and does not provide student access. This is not a stand alone module. Instructors would need to build assignments in order to utilize it.Some of the pertinent information is contained in material which must be purchased in order to continue the argument's logical conclusion (e.g., see "When is Travel Time Compensable" section). *Quizzes (other than the first one) are only available to subscribers

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: "FAQ-Employment Relations" *Contains hotlinks that are highlighted in red for ease of reading and location *Provides cases and terms that are well-explained *In several instances provides the number of the respective legislation for the topic discussed
Concerns: It is a rather passive site and does not reflect a variety of learning styles.