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Labor Laws Effect on Employer-Employee Relations

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Today's managers are hardly free to deal with unions in any way that they want. Various laws restrict, or guide, their course of action. Over the last century, legislation and court rulings have evolved to protect the rights of both sides but may have had unintended consequences on occasion.

Respond to the following:

- How have labor law has been advantageous, and disadvantageous, to the employer-employee relationship.
- Are there any historical patterns you detect in the impact of evolving labor laws on the employer-employee relationship.

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• How have labor law has been advantageous, and disadvantageous, to the employer-employee relationship.

Labor laws have their advantages and disadvantages to both the employer and employee. With the employer, this gives them a guide in which to hire and not discriminate against others; however, the worker may have difficulty finding a job because some are more favored than others. However, both are able to get benefits with their positions, which makes it a ...

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