Ethical decision making

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You are the Human Resource Manager of a large apparel manufacturer which has subcontracted 14 per cent of its production to a company in the country of XYZ. The company employs 1400 production workers. Their current workweek is 56 hours (10 hours per day for five days, and 6 hours on a sixth day). There is no legal requirement for overtime pay and the subcontractor does not pay a premium for any hours worked. The country does have child labor laws, which the company does not violate; however, the laws allow children over the age 16 to work up to 20 hours per week. There are 200 such cases at that location. Safety practices in the factory meet ILO minimum standards, although recently there were ventilation problems uncovered by your company’s audit of the location. The subcontractor is currently developing a plan of correction.

The country’s labor law does allow unions to represent employees in a collective bargaining relationship; however, the law does not provide a set of employer unfair labor practices. In fact, during a recent organizing campaign the company exhibited conduct that would have violated sections of the National Labor Relations Act, as amended, but was not in violation of XYZ’s legislation. The union lost the election by a wide margin.

Your company pays a wage rate to most workers approximately 40% higher than comparable wages employees earn at other subcontracting locations, although it is understood that the company could easily double the wage rate and, given its technological superiority over its competitors still maintain a competitive advantage over those same firms.

Your company is cognizant of the negative publicity surrounding American companies employing sweatshop labor overseas. It has made a strategic decision NOT to retain subcontractors who promote such conditions. The company has asked you to provide a paper of at least 1000 but not more than 1500 words analyzing the degree to which the situation in XYZ would violate that commitment and recommending what actions, if any, it should take based on that analysis.

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Ethical Decision Making


Ethical Decision Making

Ethics has been a standard aspect in most companies, guiding the employees on how they
should behave. Ethics is based on moral duty, and it involves a couple of code of values that
guide these employee actions and choices. Ethics involves differentiating between wrong and
right and ultimately doing what is right, what is good and proper. All in all, ethics is concerned
about how an individual should carry him or herself (Michael, 2012). An ethical person
generally makes choices of doing more than what the law requires of them and less than the law
It goes without saying in today's business world, ethical decision making is essential to
any company, and it is made on a daily basis. Notably, most of these decisions made rely on the
ground rules that are set up by the company. However, there are others that are based on personal
ground rules. It is worth noting that even though some decisions are personal while others are
company based, there are some ground rules which are key in determining if the decisions made
are ethical or unethical. Each of the decision made has its set of complications, and thus the
human resource managers are always on toes to avoid the negative implications (Travis, 2014).
Among the rules and the regulations that each business needs to ensure are followed in
regards to ethics include fairness, where each worker of the company is treated equally based on
their merits as well as abilities. All decisions need to be made without undue favouritism
following the right criteria. Young workers specifically persons under the age of...

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