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Employment and employee rights
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Foundations of business ethics ; 4
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Publishing, 2004


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Employment and Employee Rights addresses the issue of rightsin the workplace. Although much of the literature in this fieldfocuses on employee rights, this volume considers the issue fromthe perspective of both employees and employers.

Considers the rights of both employees and employers.
Discusses the moral and legal landscape and traditionalassumptions about right in employment.
Investigates arguments for guaranteeing rights, particularlyfor employees, which are derived from relational, developmental,and economic bases.
Explores new dimensions of employment including a model thatincorporates growing workplace diversity, builds upon ourunderstanding of the legal landscape, and expands upon ourjustifications for recognizing and protecting rights.

Author Notes

Patricia H. Werhane is the Ruffin Professor of BusinessEthics in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration atthe University of Virginia. She is the founding editor and formereditor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly . She haswritten or edited 15 books including Moral Imagination andManagement Decision-Making (1999).

Tara J. Radin is Assistant Professor of Management andGeneral Business at the Zarb School of Business at HofstraUniversity. Her research areas include employment, technology, andstakeholder theory, and she has been published in journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of BusinessEthics.

Norman E. Bowie is Elmer L. Andersen Chair in CorporateResponsibility at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of14 books and over 70 articles on business ethics and politicalphilosophy. He was a fellow in the Program in Ethics andProfessions at Harvard University.

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Ethics professors Werhane (Univ. of Virginia) and Radin (Hofstra Univ.) discuss the history and new directions of employer and employee rights in the American workplace. They believe employment practices such as careful hiring, continuous training, team management, limitations to employment-at-will, employee participation in decision making, corporate financial honesty, diversity programs, and employment security will create significant economic value for companies. Employees should have enjoyable, meaningful work with some control over outcomes. Due process and whistleblowing are compatible with employment-at-will in the context of the Bill of Rights. The authors finish with a new model for employment that incorporates diversity, corporate citizenship, and systems thinking that links the employee to customers, corporate strategy, and the work environment. Each chapter provides a conclusion and considerable academic and legal references. Some court case summaries, research results, and stories from corporations are scattered throughout the book. Some of the book's ideas were previously published in Patricia Werhane's Persons, Rights, and Corporations (1985) and Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making (1999). Jeffrey Pfeffer's The Human Equation (CH, Jun'98) provides many similar conclusions. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Business students, upper-division undergraduate and up; faculty; and corporate managers. G. E. Kaupins Boise State University

Table of Contents

Norman Bowie
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Part I Rights, Employee Rights, and Employment-at-Will
1 Employment, Moral Rights, and Mental Modelsp. 7
2 The Public/Private Distinction and Its Influence on Employment Practicesp. 33
3 Employment-at-Will: History, Evolution, and Current Applicationsp. 54
4 The Employee's Voice: Due Process, Whistleblowing, and Workplace Democracyp. 77
Part II New Models of Employment and Employment Relationships
5 Employee Accountability and the Limits of Role Responsibilitiesp. 103
6 Meaningful Work and the Development of Employment Relationshipsp. 122
7 Employment Practices as Economic Value Addedp. 144
Part III The Evolving Workplace
8 Diversity, Affirmative Action, and Equity in Employment Practicesp. 169
9 Future Directions for Employmentp. 194
Indexp. 217