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    (1) Identify and discuss at least three issues that telecommuting raises for HRM.

    (2) When may an organization legally hire employees based upon "religion, sex, or national origin"? Provide an example of a job that would permit such a restriction (1 example for each of the three qualifications.

    (3) List and discuss the six steps in the job analysis process. Your answer should be broken down into six distinct sections/paragraphs.

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    (1) On telecommuting issues for HRM

    With the rapid technological changes, companies are now venturing into telecommuting. Telecommuting means that the employee need not go to the physical of work but rather he/she can work right there at the comfort of their own homes. The US formally looked into telecommuting in 1990 (http://www.hrhero.com/topics/telecommute.html).

    Canada already ventured into telecommuting and provides a remuneration that is 10% higher than regular office workers. The Ontario the Employment Standards Act ("ESA") established the minimum wage for home workers, which is 110% of the regular minimum wage, to reflect costs borne by the home worker such as heat, electricity, etc. Employers are also prohibited from paying home workers' less than the rate paid to employees doing the same job on the employer's premises (With excerpts from http://www.allbusiness.com/human-resources/703011-1.html).

    However, these are the issues that HR would be concerned when implementing Telecommuting

    1. Work schedule. Do employees need to work on a set schedule, or can they set their own hours?

    2. Workplace safety. Is the company responsible to indemnify workers doing work at home in case of accidents?

    Health and safety considerations are a serious concern with telecommuting. Employers are generally responsible to provide a safe work environment. This can be extremely tricky with a home office. It is hard enough to provide a safe work environment over which you have control but the home office presents many unique difficulties. For example, it may not contain proper office equipment, such as task lighting and an ergonomic chair, resulting in eye strain and back pain. In addition, the isolation of telework can cause stress and other mental health problems and the household often contains hazardous substances, such as cleaning supplies or other chemicals. (With excerpts ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution discusses issues raised in telecommuting. It discusses also the issue of religion, sex, or national origin in the workplace. Finally, the six steps job analysis is also discussed.