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MCQ: Labor relations, expensive benefits, grievance, arbitra

A commonly accepted proposition is that an organization's production is a combination of:
__a. machinery and equipment, employee labor, and managerial ability.
__b. machinery and equipment, employee labor, and foreign competition.
__c. employee labor, managerial ability, and plant location.
__d. managerial ability, plant location, and availability of financing.

The four most expensive types of benefits in negotiated agreements are income maintenance, pay for time not worked:
__a. medical care, and tuition reimbursement plans.
__b. tuition reimbursement plans, and premium pay.
__c. medical care, and Employee Assistance Plans.
__d. medical care, and premium pay.

A labor agreement would most likely require that a grievance form be completed:
__a. within an hour of the occurrence.
__b. within a week of the occurrence.
__c. within two weeks of the occurrence.
__d. at the discretion of the employee.

Which of the following would an arbitrator most likely consider lacking "just cause" for disciplining an employee?
__a. An employee who broke safety regulations as written in the handbook.
__b. An employee who was docked a half-day's pay for two hours tardiness, as were other employees.
__c. An employee who was terminated after three other employees reported witnessing his/her theft of company property.
__d. An employee who was immediately terminated by a supervisor who heard he/she had mistreated two customers.

One of the potential downsides of having global companies that create products from worldwide component suppliers is that:
__a. companies often charge more their products now.
__b. companies are often unable trace the products it sells, or parts, back to the original manufacturer.
__c. economies of scale create cheaper products.
__d. profit margins are down due to comparative advantage.

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A commonly accepted proposition is that an organization's production is a combination of:
__a. machinery and equipment, employee labor, and managerial ability.
__b. machinery and equipment, employee labor, and foreign competition.
__c. employee labor, managerial ability, and plant location.
__d. managerial ability, plant location, and availability of financing.

Foreign competition and plant location affect pricing and profits, but the problem is asking for resources needed for production which is a.

The four most expensive types of benefits in negotiated agreements are income maintenance, pay for time not worked:
__a. medical care, and tuition reimbursement plans.
__b. tuition reimbursement plans, and premium pay.
__c. medical care, and Employee Assistance Plans.
__d. medical care, and premium pay.

Although tuition reimbursement plans and employee assistance plans are clearly benefits provided by many companies, the participation in such plans is not near as universal as medical plans. Also, we know that medical premiums have been escalating. In terms of the most employees affected and therefore the most cost, income maintenance and pay for time not worked would affect most all employees followed by d. medical care and premium ...

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In a short paragraph for each, the questions are explained and answered. In some cases, each possible choice has a response to discuss why it would not be the preferred answer to the question. These five questions are high level discussion questions.

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