Protection of employees refers to the laws and standards that have been created and are enforced pertaining to consistency of treatment, employment standards, and individual workplace rights. These standards are the minimum acceptable conditions of employment that the employees have rights to. Some of these standards include nondiscrimination, health and safety standards, minimum wage, and overtime pay. Some individual rights are also afforded under protection of employees, such as civil rights protections and bargaining rights. These standards allow employees to receive the same, fair treatment.
Protection of employers refers to the laws and standards in regard to employer rights. These standards give employers guidelines on what practices are acceptable and what are not. For example, these standards outline that employers cannot discriminate upon all of the factors outlined in the Civil Rights Act; however, the standards also outline that certain testes administered to employees are allowed. Clarification is also given through these standards about policy statements, court decisions, and informal guidance.
It is imperative for HRM to fully understand protection for both employees and employers because HRM needs to implement rules and procedures for the company that protects both the employee and the employer, such as affirmative action programs. Understanding the laws allows HRM to better implement procedures that are fair and equal for employees and that abide by all laws, thus protecting the employer.
Does your HR department abide by all employer and employee laws?