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Human Resources and Tuition Reimbursement

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Human Resource Management Applications: Cases, Exercises, Incidents, and Skill Builders, Stella M. Nkomo, Myron D. Fottler, R. Bruce McAfee

CASE #82: THE EDUCATIONAL LEAVE PROBLEM (page 245)

OVERVIEW:

This incident focuses on some of the problems associated with giving fringe benefits to employees. While the incident deals with two particular benefits, tuition reimbursement and educational leaves of absence, the principles involved apply to other benefits as well. The issue involved here is that of equity and fair treatment of all employees. However, in most firms, the nature and amount of benefits varies with one's position within the firm's hierarchy. Supervisors typically receive higher and more varied benefits than non-supervisor personnel. This often leads to conflicts and equity concerns, as we see in this actual case.

CASE QUESTIONS:
1. Should Rollermakers Corporation allow the two inside sales people miss work in order to attend classes? Should it pay for the tuition? Why?
2. Should the firm continue to allow the Purchasing Manager to attend the evening MBA program and to pay his tuition?
3. Should there be a formal policy regarding educational leave or should it remain informal? If the firm decides to formalize its policy, what provisions should it contain?

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1. Should Rollermakers Corporation allow the two inside sales people to miss work in order to attend classes? Should it pay for the tuition? Why?

If the two employees are being groomed to become leaders within the organization, paying for their tuition can be an investment as the employees will become leaders in the organization and bring benefits predicated upon their expertise obtained while in college. If necessary, the inside salespeople must be able to miss ...

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Human Resources Questions

1. Why do organizations spend money and time training and retraining employees?

2. Is tuition reimbursement a valid expense?

3. According to your experience and acquired knowledge, do you feel most job appraisers are qualified to give appraisals?

4. What is the result of being appraised from an unqualified individual? What can be done?

5. Do men and women generally earn the same for holding the same positions or doing the same job? If not, why?

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