HRM320 Course Discussions Week 7

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HRM320 Course Discussions Week 7
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HRM320 Course Discussions Week 7

HRM320 Course Discussions Week 7

All Students Posts – 69 Pages 

Defined Benefit or Contribution Plans – 37 Pages 

Congress passed the Employment Retirement Income Security Act to protect employee benefits including pension or retirement benefits. However, ERISA does not specifically address one of the current “hot topics” in employer retirement plans. That “hot topic” is the use of defined benefit or defined contribution retirement plans. Employers that have defined benefit retirement plans are increasingly converting those plans to defined contribution plans while almost all new employee pension plans are defined contribution plans. What protections does ERISA provide to employees in general? How might these protections be inadequate from an employee standpoint as our country faces challenging economic times? Can employees truly “rely” on benefits such as health insurance and retirement?

If the company offers pension plans for their employees then I think that they do owe a fiduciary duty when it comes to their employees.  The company I work for offers a pension plan but it is on a voluntary basis. If you want to participate in the pension plan then the company will match what you put in up to a certain dollar amount. According to uslegal.com the following definitions, as I understand them, show that an employer that has a pension plan for their employees has a fiduciary duty when it comes to those pension plans.

“Fiduciary duty is a legal requirement of loyalty and care that applies to any person or organization that has a fiduciary relationship with another person or organization. A fiduciary is a person, committee, or organization that has agreed to accept legal ownership or control and management of an asset or group of assets belonging to someone else.”…

Ergonomics Requirements – 32 Pages 

Compliance Publications (CP) has 2000 employees. Approximately 200 of those employees spend their 8 workday hours typing and transcribing materials for the various publications produced at Compliance. Many of these employees work in a large typing hall (an open location where each employee has a small desk and a computer where they complete their typing). Some employees, however, work from remotely from home during the same work hours, and are responsible for providing their own workspace. Recently, the employees have been complaining about pain in their back and wrists, eye strain, and discomfort on standing after the long day of typing. Individual employees have made the following suggestions.

Margaret, who works in the typing hall, asks for swivel typing chairs equipped with a high-back, lumbar (low-back) support, and foot rests.

Jung, who works in the typing hall, asks for the computer keyboards to be replaced by ergonomic keyboards.

Angel, who works in the typing hall, asks for computer monitor screen guards to reduce the glare coming from the existing computer monitors.

Kepi, who works in the typing hall, asks for current computer monitors to be replaced with large screen anti-glare plasma monitors mounted on ergonomic bracketing for the correct angle and positioning of the display.

Frank, who works in the typing hall, asks for CP to hire a trainer to come in and work individually with typists on ergonomic positioning.

Lavone, who works in the typing hall, objects to any changes to his workstation and wants CP to agree that any changes it makes will not apply to his workstation.

Roseanne, who is an Executive Assistant, has her own office, and spends less than 1/4 of her work day typing, asks that CP provide her with the same ergonomic equipment and training that it provides to its workers in the typing hall.

Destiny, who works from home, asks that CP provide her with the same ergonomic equipment and training that it provides to its workers in the typing hall.

Eileen, who works in HR, collects the suggestions and is asked to make a recommendation to CP about how to proceed. Considering OSHA’s current stance on ergonomics, what should she recommend?

I think that ergonomics is an issue employers should be concerned about. As the use of computers becomes more and more a part of our everyday life and is the main source of many people’s work place norm; ergonomics are playing and bigger and bigger role than they used to. This is due, in part, to how much we are learning about the physical toile that sitting at a computer all day is taking on people. Carpal tunnel is becoming even more a problem than it used to be when many people worked in factories doing the same thing day in and day out.  While sitting doesn’t seem like it should have any effects on your body, it puts a huge amount of strain on your back.  I used to work in an office sitting at a computer all day and I started to have very bad back problems.  The good news is that if CP does it’s research there are many low cost options to fixing many of these problems now…

HRM320 Course Discussions Week 7