Module 5 - Case
LABOR LAW; EMPLOYEE SAFETY

Hyatt Regency Employee Discontent

To begin this case assignment, please read the following articles concerning safety concerns of hotel housekeeping staff:

Brown, J. (2010, December). This Job Hurts! Labor Notes,(381), 16,10.

Hyatt Housekeepers File Injury Complaints with OSHA (Nov. 10, 2010), Green Lodging News, retrieved August 19, 2011 fromhttp://www.greenlodgingnews.com/hyatt-housekeepers-file-injury-complaints-with-osha

Hotel Housekeeping Is Getting More Dangerous. (2006, June). Safety Compliance Letter,(2466), 12. Retrieved August 15, 2011, from ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry. (Document ID: 1072236101

Then respond to the following:

What is the responsibility of managers in luxury hotels for the safety, health and security of their employees?

What are the legal protections that Hyatt housekeepers have concerning unionization and safety and health?

What do you think is at the root of the problem with the housekeeping staff at Hyatt Regency? Is this a safety issue, a labor relations issue, both or neither?

Do all luxury motels have similar issues? If not, what is the difference at Hyatt Regency, do you think?

If you were a newly assigned consultant at Hyatt Regency headquarters what would your actions be to resolve this issue?

Turn in this paper by the module due date. Paper length:3-4 pages, not counting the cover and reference pages.
Assignment Expectations

Prepare a paper that is professionally presented (including a cover page, a "List of References," headings/subheadings and a strong introduction and conclusion). Proofread your paper carefully for grammar, spelling and word-usage errors.

Address all aspects of the assignment as stated above.

Provide private-sector employer examples of HRM programs, systems, processes and/or procedures as you address the above assignment requirements. Provide the names of the employers.

Complement your Internet searching with library searches and be sure to bring in information from the background readings. Evaluate resources and select only library/web-based resources that provide reliable, substantiated information.

Give authors credit for their work. Cite sources of borrowed information in the body of your text as footnotes, numbered end notes or APA style of referencing.


Module 5 - SLP
LABOR LAW; EMPLOYEE SAFETY

In this SLP assignment, you are working in an HRM department of a unionized facility. This is your second job in HRM and your first in a union environment. There was a newly filed grievance in your mailbox. It concerned yesterday's discharge of an employee (Frank).

As you get coffee from the empty break room you see a document titled "Using the Seven Tests" laying on the table. Someone left it there. You pick it up, stick it in your binder and return to your office to look at the grievance form, the labor contract and this "Using the Seven Tests" article.

You moan because the labor contract says that employees may not be discharged unless there is just cause. You know there will be a fight.

The paper you found on the break room table was "Using the Seven Tests," fromhttp://www.ueunion.org/stwd_jstcause.html

You wipe your brow and wonder what you have gotten yourself into. This was the Frank situation:

Frank operated a machine in Building A. He usually was an average worker, but working the past 4 weeks on that machine in Building A he had made lots of mistakes on which products to accept and put in the box and which to reject. The Plant Superintendent came into work in the middle of the night because the supervisor called him. The supervisor checked Frank's boxes and 6 out of 8 had faulty parts inside. The Superintendent terminated Frank's employment and walked him out the door.

Discuss the seven tests and how they relate to this situation. Is there more information that you will need to gather?

What will you do from here? Discuss.

Would you be concerned about the "Seven Tests" if you were working in a union-free environment? Why? Why does a "discipline/termination for just cause only" seem to be a "union thing"?

Bringing in background materials, library research and/or other research will help strengthen your response.

Turn in thispaper by the module due date. Paper length:2-3 pages, not counting the cover and reference pages.
Assignment Expectations

Prepare a paper that is professionally presented (including a cover page, a "List of References," headings/subheadings, and a strong introduction and conclusion). Proofread your paper carefully for grammar, spelling and word-usage errors.

Address all aspects of the assignment as stated above.

Complement your Internet searching with library searches and be sure to bring in information from the background readings. Evaluate resources and select only library/web-based resources that provide reliable, substantiated information.

Give authors credit for their work. Cite sources of borrowed information in the body of your text as footnotes, numbered endnotes or APA style of referencing.