It is your responsibility as the HR Director of the same organization from Assignment 2 to a) create policies regarding pay and benefits for the selected job opportunity, and b) develop methods for both addressing unionization and implementing OSHA regulations.

It is your responsibility as the HR Director of the same organization from Assignment 2 to a) create policies regarding pay and benefits for the selected job opportunity, and b) develop methods for both addressing unionization and implementing OSHA regulations. You will present your findings to the Vice President of Human Resources for approval. In preparation for this assignment, review the following articles on contractors vs. employees and temp workers: Bier, Ellin & Tucker: Distinguishing Between Independent Contractors and Employees Murray: Difference Between Independent Contractors and Employees “The Expendables: How the Temps Who Power Corporate Giants Are Getting Crushed” Create a PowerPoint presentation with fifteen to twenty (15-20) slides in which you: Create a Wage and Hour standard for the job opportunity that you had selected in Assignment 2, and support your standard by using the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Pay Act to prevent any potential discriminatory impact. Decide on three (3) benefits required for the job opportunity using ERISA. Propose two (2) methods that the employer can use in order to manage the fiduciary duties wisely and with the employees’ best interests in mind. Provide a rationale for your response. Elaborate on two (2) rights regarding unionization that Section 7 of the NLRA guarantees. Next, examine two (2) unfair labor practices, and argue the importance of your organization refraining from using such practices during any self-organization and collective bargaining activities. Explore two (2) potential repercussions of an organization’s interference with self-organization and collective bargaining practices. Propose three (3) ways to discourage employees from considering unionization. Then, compose one (1) strategy for championing a supportive and satisfying work environment within the organization. Select one (1) OSHA violation case, and determine whether the resulting penalties were sufficient to deter the organization in question from repeating the same violative action. Justify your response.

 

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For many of the remaining topics in BUS-660, assignments will be in the form of case studies.

For many of the remaining topics in BUS-660, assignments will be in the form of case studies. These case studies are designed to provide an opportunity to engage in that topic’s quantitative analysis method, as well as demonstrate critical thinking and appropriate professional communication.
Review “Decision Analysis Case Study: Valley of the Sun Reviews” for this topic’s case study, a proposal to change the faculty performance review process at Valley of the Sun Academy (VSA).
Based on the information presented in the case study, create a decision tree or Excel-based analysis to determine the most appropriate recommendation.
In a 500-750-word report to VSA’s Human Resources department and the chief financial officer, explain your approach and the rationale for this method. Evaluate both outcomes and how they would be applied to this decision. Conclude your report with your recommendation for the review process VSA should adopt.
Submit your Excel-based analysis or decision tree with your report.
Decision Analysis Case Study:
Valley of the Sun Reviews
Valley of the Sun Academy (VSA) is an online school specializing in GED programs for the Phoenix area. Valley of the Sun Academy enrolls 813 students and has a part-time faculty pool of 65 online instructors.
Online faculty are reviewed annually and provided with feedback about their facilitation techniques, content expertise, engagement, and classroom management. If necessary, remediation and additional support are provided by the Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). The online faculty reviews are one factor used to determine overall performance, teaching status, and potential performance appraisals.
Recently, the FAB submitted a proposal for a new approach for the next fiscal year, the Peer Faculty Performance Review (PFPR). Human Resources (HR) and the school’s chief financial officer are evaluating the suggestion against the current design, described by VSA’s director. Both review processes are outlined below.
Current Design
Valley of the Sun Academy uses an external firm, TeachBest Consulting, to conduct annual reviews for online faculty. The review team is composed of faculty members at other online institutions, including universities and high schools. Valley of the Sun Academy faculty are not part of the review process, and TeachBest Consulting handles hiring and training internally. Valley of the Sun Academy’s HR department assigns completed courses to review, and VSA’s Technical Support team is responsible for providing access.
Once completed, the TeachBest consultant submits the review form to VSA’s HR department, and HR submits a payment for each review. In addition, VSA has an annual contract with TeachBest Consulting.
The overall contract is $2,500/year. If VSA’s enrollment reaches 1,000 or more students or their faculty pool expands to 75 or more instructors, the contract amount will increase to $5,000/year. There is a 75% chance the student enrollment will reach 1,000 students within the next 18 months and a 25% chance enrollment will not increase. During the next nine months, Human Resources anticipates hiring at least six math instructors.
Individual reviewers are paid $75 for each review. Reviews are conducted in March, July, and November, with all faculty reviewed by December 1.
Valley of the Sun Academy is responsible for disseminating the results of the review to faculty members. If questions arise about review results, the FAB is responsible for verifying the review and responding to the instructor. Periodically, the Faculty Advisory Board finds fault with the initial review and follow-up must be scheduled. Each year, about 5% of the initial reviews are found to be inaccurate and new reviews must be scheduled. Valley of the Sun Academy pays a discounted price of $50 for each follow-up review.
Peer Faculty Performance Review (PFPR) Proposal
The FAB proposes to conduct faculty reviews in-house and no longer contract TeachBest Consulting. Human Resources will review faculty files and invite the top three performing instructors in four disciplines (Literacy and Communication, Social Sciences, Math, and Science and Technology) to join the PFPR committee.
Initial responsibilities will involve creating a new review form and conducting a norming session for consistency. There will be ongoing technology fees of $20/month for each reviewer, to ensure access to create and complete the review forms. There will also be an initial cost to set up the norming session. The Faculty Advisory Board recommends one of three options:
1. A $500 session that can be scheduled at any time with TeachBest Consulting.
2. A $750 session offered monthly by an external employee development firm.
3. A session designed by VSA’s HR and instructional design specialists, which would be free to attend but would require internal time and labor costs; HR anticipates a start of two months from implementation would prevent interrupting normal business practices.
Because the responsibilities are not included in current faculty contracts, FAB recommends stipends of $50 for each review completed. With the new internal PFPR process, FAB anticipates faculty reviews would no longer be overturned and there would not be a need to conduct secondary reviews. Additionally, FAB expects reviews to move to a 9-month rolling cycle rather than once every academic year.

 

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Most companies have several products they offer.

Most companies have several products they offer. These products represent different levels of success within the company and need different types of attention. Most products introduced by a company start in the top right quadrant. These are “Question Marks” as the product may grow and be successful or they may fail and drop to a dog or simply be sold off (divested). If the product begins to show growth and acceptance, that product moves to the top left quadrant and becomes a “Star.” It has high market growth and high market share. After a while the product, because of the product life cycle theory, will eventually not show growth, and may move to the bottom left quadrant. This is called a “Cash Cow.” The company typically is not pumping any additional money into R/D of this product or even marketing. It is just reaping the benefits of a successful product. But as almost all products do, eventually it will fade and become a “Dog.” There is will have low market share and low growth potential.
Part 1: Choose a quick service restaurant like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Arby’s, etc. and select 8-10 of their products from their menu. Select products that represent different quadrants. Place them into one of the four quadrants and justify your placement. Be certain to consider the axis legend as illustrated in your text.
Part 2: Then apply one of the four basic marketing strategies for the company to do for that product.. Discuss at least four of the products you identified in Part 1. (Build, Hold, Harvest, Divest) Discuss what you think they should do and why.

 

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Papers should be two to three pages. The papers should be type written with a professional look.

Papers should be two to three pages. The papers should be type written with a professional look. Why the emphasis on professional look? This class is preparing you to present your ideas to your peers and potentially clients that you may be trying to sell an idea to. The more you practice looking professional the more skilled you will become in that area.

 

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1. The function of control is extremely important to any organization. What makes this function so important? What are the steps in the control process? Please cite y

1. The function of control is extremely important to any organization. What makes this function so important? What are the steps in the control process? Please cite your sources. How have you seen the steps used in your workplace?
2. Discuss the two categories of control methods.
3. Differentiate between preliminary, concurrent, and postaction controls.
4. Identify and explain one system that provides applications within an organization. What do you believe are some of the benefits and drawbacks of the system? Give an example of the system other than the examples in the text.
5. What is the role of knowledge management and knowledge management programs in business?
6. What types of systems are used for enterprise-wide knowledge management and how do they provide value for businesses?
7. What are the different methods that Access provides for database navigation?
8. What are the pros and cons of using switchboards versus navigation forms?
9. How are other navigation techniques used such as hyperlinks and command buttons?

 

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Each student is required to submit a written research paper on a current business law topic.

Each student is required to submit a written research paper on a current business law topic. Any topic that has occurred within the last one to ten years is considered current. The research paper must be at least ten (10) FULL PAGES OF TEXT in length, typewritten in twelve (12) point font and double spaced. Points will be deducted for improper spacing and blanks or gaps. The use of graphs, charts, and any other visual aids is acceptable, so long as they do not overshadow the text on the page. Visual aids do not count towards the ten (10) page requirement. All research sources shall be listed at the end of the paper.

 

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Assignment 4: Employment Law Case Brief Due Week 10 and worth 200 points Using the Internet, select and research an employment law case no greater than five (5) years old.

Assignment 4: Employment Law Case Brief Due Week 10 and worth 200 points Using the Internet, select and research an employment law case no greater than five (5) years old. Write a three to four (3-4) page brief in which you: Summarize the issue of the case, and then explain the employment law that was violated. Evaluate the type of impact the violation had on the organization then determine two (2) ways the organization could mitigate the issue. Justify your response. Based on your research, determine if a policy was or was not in place during the violation. Then, recommend a communication for all employees to enhance the knowledge of the policy. Support your response. As a HR Manager, explore an organization you worked for or familiar with, then suggest three (3) ways you could make the organization violation free from employment law issues. Justify your response. Use at least three (3) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources. Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements: Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions. Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length. The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are: Determine employment laws that apply to the selection, development, and management of employees. Evaluate policies and processes that promote a diverse workforce. Develop policies that are compliant with employment laws. Use technology and information resources to research issues in employment law. Write clearly and concisely about employment law using proper writing mechanic.

 

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Did Jim and Laura Buy a Car? Worth 200 points HINT: See Chapters 10-14 of the text to help understand some of the legal issues covered in this assignment.

Did Jim and Laura Buy a Car?
Worth 200 points
HINT: See Chapters 10-14 of the text to help understand some of the legal issues covered in this assignment.
Jim and Laura Buyer visit the local car dealership because they are interested in buying a new car. The car they currently have is aging and is starting to have mechanical problems. Jim and Laura would share the new car, and use it to go back and forth to work and school. Before going to the dealership, Jim and Laura decide that they can only afford $400.00 a month in car payments.
Once at the car dealership, Jim and Laura meet Stan Salesman. Stan shows them several vehicles and Jim and Laura test-drive several of the cars. Jim and Laura particularly like the blue 4-door sedan. Therefore, they agree to give Stan Salesman a $100.00 deposit to hold the car for a day. Stan Salesman does not give them the receipt but guarantees that the $100.00 is refundable. No documents were signed.
The next day, Stan Salesman calls Jim and Laura to ask them when they would like to take delivery of the car. Jim and Laura, on the way home from the dealership, decided that they were not going to buy the car because they did not want to spend that money each month. Therefore, Jim and Laura tell Stan salesman that they have decided not to buy the car and request their $100.00 deposit back.

Stan insists that the $100.00 was a deposit on the car and was meant to be part of the contract to buy the car. Stan is very persistent and insistent that Jim and Laura have contracted to buy the car; therefore, the $100.00 will be applied to the purchase price of the car. Jim and Laura are shocked and angry as not only do they not want to spend the money, but now feel as though they are being duped by Stan Salesman.
Jim and Laura have an appointment to see a lawyer in a few days, but know you are a student taking a business law class and come to you for advice. They are very frazzled, and understandably upset that they may have just purchased a car. Since you have been taking business law, you have read and understand the elements of a contract and the defenses to a contract. Therefore, although you are not a lawyer, you provide some basic advice from what you’ve learned in your business law class.

In three to five (3-5) pages, advise Jim and Laura based on the above facts as presented, the material provided in the text, and material covered in the lecture. In your paper, be sure to address the following:
1. Define the elements of a legal contract using examples from the scenario where applicable.
2. Decide whether or not there was a contract for the purchase of the automobile.
3. Identify the facts from the scenario which support your decision on whether or not a contract exists for the purchase of the automobile.
4. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as quality academic resources.
5. Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
o Typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides.
o Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
o Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

 

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Perform an internet search for a current health care organization of your choice (preferably publicly traded for-profit organizations because these organizations must report all financial data and make it available to the public).

Perform an internet search for a current health care organization of your choice (preferably publicly traded for-profit organizations because these organizations must report all financial data and make it available to the public). In your search, select and evaluate the report of the financial information from the past 4 quarters or more. Complete the following for this assignment:
• Predict the effect of changes in all financial metrics to changes in a proposed strategic plan in your chosen organization for the following 3 scenarios:
o Payer mix changes from 50% Medicare and 5% Medicaid patients to 70% Medicare and 10% Medicaid patients in 1 year.
o Professional turnover goes from 5% annually to 10% annually.
o Demand for services increases 20% in 1 year
• Search course materials including your text and the Internet for assistance in completing applicable financial calculations for this assignment.
• Using the statements that you located, provide a financial plan that will do the following:
o Create projected financial statements to analyze effects of alternate operating assumptions on the firm’s financial condition
o Determine the projected financial requirements that will be needed to support each of the 3 sets of alternate operating instructions
o Forecast the financial sources that might be needed to support your alternative assumptions
o Assess the projected results using a financial condition analysis to the forecasted data
• Provide appropriate spreadsheets such as Projected Income Statement and Projected Balance Sheets to validate your projected assumptions.
• Consider the effect of the following factors to justify the changes that may be needed to the strategic plan as a result of your analysis:
o Validity of data in the decision-making process
o Revenue growth rate
o Capacity
o Rate of turnover

 

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Assignment 2: Challenges in the Global Business Environment Due Week 9 and worth 330 points According to the textbook, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements, and stiff competition among businesses.

Assignment 2: Challenges in the Global Business Environment
Due Week 9 and worth 330 points
According to the textbook, ongoing challenges in the global business environment are mostly attributed to unethical business practices, failure to embrace technology advancements, and stiff competition among businesses. Imagine that you have been appointed as Apple’s Chief Compliance Officer and must prepare a video presentation for Apple’s suppliers regarding Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct to deliver via a web meeting. To prepare for your presentation, review Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct, located at https://www.apple.com/supplier-responsibility/. Next, use a tablet, smartphone, laptop, desktop, or traditional video recorder to record a maximum of a five to seven (5-7) minute dynamic video on Apple’s Code of Conduct. Alternatively, you may submit a four to six (4-6) page paper instead of the video submission.
In addition to the recorded video, you must also create a presentation using PowerPoint (or other equivalent software) summarizing the important changes and explanations regarding the code of conduct that you communicated in your video presentation to email to the suppliers after the meeting for future reference.
You must submit both parts of the assignment to receive full credit.
Note: If you are using a tablet or smartphone you will need to email the video file to yourself, then save it to a computer in order to upload to Blackboard. You may want to upload your video to a file sharing service, such as Dropbox, if your email will not let you send a large video file. Dropbox is accessible from all smartphones and tablets from the Dropbox app.
Once you are ready to upload your video to Blackboard, view the Kaltura video tutorial found in your online course shell (Week 9).
Please use the following naming convention in the popup window for your video once it is finished uploading:
• Title: Your First Name, Your Last Name – Challenges in the Business Environment
• Tags: BUS475, Business Environment
• Description: First Name, Last Name – BUS475 Assignment 2 (Date Uploaded ex. 11-14-2014)
Part 1: Video Presentation OR Paper
Prepare and present a video that is a maximum of five to seven (5-7) minutes OR write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
1. List specific changes that Apple has made to its Code of Conduct in recent years. Provide at least one (1) example of each change.
2. Explain the identified changes to the suppliers in such a way that they will understand the standards that Apple requires in order to maintain their relationship with the company.
Part 2: PowerPoint Presentation
Create a six to eight (6-8) slide PowerPoint presentation in which you:
1. Summarize Apple’s Supplier Responsibility information.
2. Discuss Apple’s stance on each of the following areas:
1. Empowering workers
2. Labor and Human Rights
3. Health and Safety
4. The Environment
5. Accountability
3. Identify the key ways that Apple’s Progress Report has changed since last year.
4. Examine the manner in which Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct helps the organization operate as a socially responsible organization.
5. Provide detailed speaker notes of what you would say if you were delivering the presentation.
6. Submit a reference page with at least two (2) quality references that you have used for this presentation / paper. Note:Wikipedia and other Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

 

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