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Human Resource with a Competitive Edge

1) James L. Schneider, owner of a small computer design and software consulting company in San Francisco, complains that he has a difficult time competing with firms that bring foreign software engineers into the United States to do similar work for one-third the price.

Schneider charges, "American citizens are out on the street. In the competitive world, it is difficult to bid against people who work at substantially lower rates."

On the other side of the coin, many US computer companies fear that if they do not hire foreign talent, their competitors in other countries will do so and gain the competitive edge in the marketplace.

A) Give your point of view, explaining your position.

2) Suppose a male college student repeatedly asks a female student in the same class out for a date and she refuses to go with him. In response to this rejection, the male student starts to behave aggressively with demeaning insults and tries to intimidate the female student outside of the class.
A) Is the professor liable for the harassing actions of the male student in the class?
B) What about the university?
C) What other factors might apply that would make the professor, the university, or both have liability for sexual harassment?

3) Women and ethnic minorities are often lumped together as a single class.
A) What do these two groups have in common?
B) What are the major differences between them? Explain the answer.

4) List three reasons why project managers should be concerned with understanding HR law instead of leaving it to the employee's normal manager or to the HR group.

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STEP 1
James Schneider is correct when he says that foreign software engineers can be employed at a lower cost than their American counterparts. For this reason, there is a movement to ban bringing in foreign labor so as to protect the Americans from losing their jobs.
The argument by software companies is that they must keep their products and services competitive and so then are forced to bring in low cost foreign labor to remain competitive.
My point of view is that preventing large scale unemployment is important and software companies should be barred from bringing in workers from outside. Only in those fields where US born workforce is inadequate should companies be allowed to bring in outside workers.

STEP 2
Sexual harassment is: This material is taken from the site: www1.umn.edu" Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or academic advancement; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions or academic decisions affecting such individual; (3) such conduct has the purpose ...

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