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Human Resource Management

Lost Vacation Days (Case Scenario)

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Gulf  Port Ships, Inc. is a large shipbuilding company located in the Gulf  Coast. One afternoon the firm made the decision to shut down operations  due to an approaching hurricane and forecasted arrival of tropical storm  force winds to the local area as early as Wednesday of that week. The  decision was to shutdown beginning Wednesday AM. They were told that  time lost would be excused with pay.

By  Tuesday it was clear the hurricane would not hit until Thursday at the  earliest. Nonetheless the shipyard decided to maintain the decision to  shut down on Wednesday. Emergency hotline for the shipyard confirmed  this information but also said that missed time for salaried personnel  would be charged against each employee’s vacation bank. It was a liberal  leave policy enacted.

Wednesday  the message was updated to state that the shutdown would continue  through first shift on Thursday with normal operations commencing on the  second shift. The hurricane then hit the area on Thursday PM (during  the second shift) leaving many roads littered with branches and debris.

Friday  morning when all personnel reported for work (many were without power  at home) they were informed that they had lost two days of vacation.  Hourly personnel had the option of charging the two days off to vacation  or taking time off without pay. Salaried personnel did not have a  choice; they were required to charge the time to vacation. This action  was in line with the company’s policy for complete shutdowns despite  what some personnel were told prior to the shutdown.

Needless  to say within a few days employees became very upset with the handling  of this situation and based on the fact that they just lost two vacation  days for no good reason. The company’s vacation policy states that  salaried employees accrue vacation time based upon length of service.  Employees with less than five years seniority receive one day per month,  those with five to ten years experience earn one and one half days per  month, and those with more than ten years earn two days per month.  Employees have the right to carry over vacation time to the next year.  The policy also states that, if the shipyard is shut down for any  reasons, the time lost by salaried employees will be charged to each  person’s vacation bank. Additionally, the policy states that in the  event of a partial shutdown, salaried employees who report to work and  are then sent home will be paid for any time missed and will not be  required to charge lost time to their vacation funds. You will write a  short paper in APA format addressing the following:

1. Imagine  you are an HR consultant to the organization involved in this  situation. The organization wants to be responsive and fair. How would  you handle the staff who is now upset and what would you recommend to  senior leaders?

2. Why is it important to have a policy outlining the organization’s procedures regarding time off?
3. Identify any laws, which regulate discrimination in the workplace or legal issues pertinent to the case.
4. Write a policy statement you would submit to the organization to be included in their employee handbook.
5. What are the risks and challenges the organization faces by implementing the policy you recommend?
6. Provide an example of ways in which it is effectively or ineffectively implemented. Elaborate upon and assess this situation.
7. There  are many policies available online that are pertinent. If you use a  policy from an online source or from your current organization, you must  cite within the text and provide the reference.
8. Be certain to integrate the readings, personal experience, and research from the online library to support your opinions.
9. You must cite within the text and include multiple references.