You may select one of the following topics for your position paper, or chose any pending legislation or judicial proceeding which relates to HRM. As a human resource professional, write a letter to the appropriate party (i.e., your elected official if regarding pending legislation, the Supreme Court if you decide to write about a pending case, or the DOL if you chose to write on the overtime rules) expressing your view of the issue and persuading them to vote in favor of your position. To strengthen your argument, be sure to support your opinion with facts and rebut your opposition’s main arguments.
Please provide the proper citations as needed. Also, before you rely on data or comments, PLEASE understand and assess the credibility of the source. References and any appendices may be attached.
Sexual Orientation – There is much debate surrounding whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does, in fact, extend to sexual orientation. The EEOC has taken the stance that it does, however, the US Justice Department under the current administration disagrees. There is also disagreement in the circuit courts, with some ruling that federal law does extend protection to sexual orientation while, others do not. Because the circuit courts are split, the Supreme Court will likely have to decide the issue in the near future.
Ban the Box Laws – There is a trend at the state and local levels to protect prospective employees convicted of a crime from automatic disqualification during the selection process. So-called “ban the box” laws prevent an employer from requesting a prospective employee’s criminal history information on an employment application. The Fair Chance Act, which has been introduced in Congress, would “prohibit federal employers and contractors from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history until the final stages of the interview process.” Basically, this Act would prohibit any questions about criminal history prior to a conditional job offer.
California recently passed a law which requires publicly traded companies to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. Many organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce, opposed it citing that it is unconstitutional. Supporters noted the lack of females appointed to corporate boards makes this legislation necessary.