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Ethics in HR and Employee Rights. Ethics are the fundamental principles of right and wrong. What is seen as right and wrong varies in time, by culture, by situation, and by the people involved. Ethical behavior is is consistent with those principles. Employee Rights.

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Ethics in HR and Employee Rights

Ethics are the fundamental principles of right and wrong.

What is seen as right and wrong varies in time, by culture, by situation, and by the people involved.Ethical behavior is is consistent with those principles.

Employee Rights

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Ethical companies act according to four principles:

In their relationships with customers, vendors, and clients, ethical companies emphasize mutual benefits.

Employees assume responsibility for the actions of the company.

The company has a sense of purpose or vision that employees value and use in their day-to-day work.

They emphasize fairness.

Corporate Ethical Principles

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Standards for Identifying Ethical Practices

  • HRM practices must result in the greatest good for the largest number of people.
  • Employment practices must respect basic human rights of privacy, due process, consent, and free speech.
  • Managers must treat employees/customers equitably & fairly.
legal ethical climate of global hrm

EthicalChallenges

International business maze

Weaker environmental regulations

Trade agreements

Parent country laws

“Gift giving” or “greasing”

Host country regulations

Legal & Ethical Climate of Global HRM

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) makes it illegal for employees of American corporations to offer money or other items to foreign officials in order to gain an unfair competitive advantage

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The U.S. has some of the more stringent anti-discrimination laws

Many countries have not created this kind of enforcement

The Civil Rights Act of 1991 applies to overseas operations of U.S. corporations

Legal & Ethical Climate of Global HRM

Regulations regarding employment discrimination vary from country to country

Ethical dilemmas between profits and the preservation of basic human rights may also exist

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Incentive pay for executives lays the groundwork for significant ethical issues.

When an organization links pay to its stock performance, executives need the courage to be honest about their company’s performance even when dishonesty or clever shading of the truth offers the tempting potential for large earnings.

Incentive Pay for Executives: Ethical Issues

what can hr do
What Can HR Do?
  • Create a culture of ethics in your organization:
    • Get buy-in from upper management.
    • Establish an ethics policy.
    • Train employees in ethical decision-making.
    • Provide a “safe place” for employees to report unethical behavior.
    • Enforce sanctions against unethical behavior.