Employment Law in Security Paper
Employment Law in Security Paper
In this paper, we will discuss the employment law and how it relates to the security field. We will also discuss the elements of employment law that affect recruitment and selection. We will discuss the differences between legal and ethical considerations in hiring practices and the ramifications of accurate or inaccurate employment decisions. According to “Employment Law Issues Affecting the Security Industry” (2017), “A security company will want to carefully consider whether its guards/stewards will be classed as employees or casual workers. If a worker is deemed to be an employee, for example because they cannot pick and choose the hours that they work, then they have the benefit of a lot of additional employment rights, which are not granted to casual workers. There are however a number of steps a security company can take to try to ensure that an Employment Tribunal would not find that such workers were employees, for example having a ‘casual workers’ contract. However, it should be noted that Tribunals will not simply accept such contracts at face value and will always consider what happens in reality when deciding if someone is not actually an employee.” (“Employment Law Issues Affecting the Security Industry”, 2017).
According to “Employee Rights During Recruitment and Selection” (2016), “Under Victorian and federal anti-discrimination laws, if you are the best person for the job, you have the right to be appointed to that position, regardless of your background or personal characteristics. From advertising to interviewing to selection, the entire application process should be open and accessible, and not present barriers that could discourage you from applying. Employers are legally obliged to avoid discrimination during every stage of the recruitment process. Read more about the responsibilities of employers during recruitment and selection, including advertising, conducting interviews, pre-employment tests and the selection process.” (“Employee Rights During Recruitment and Selection”, 2016). This states that no applicant should be discriminated against, and all of these guidelines should be followed when screening applicants. In security, there are a lot of factors when selecting candidates for certain jobs. The job board may be different and the questions during the interview may relate to you being security minded. From personal experience scenarios may be given and the expected answer may determine if you are eligible for the job.
According to “What Is the Difference Between Ethical Business Practices & Legal Practices?” (2017), “The main difference between ethical and legal business practices is that the law doesn’t fully address all ethical dilemmas that businesses face. Something might be legal, for example, but unethical. Legal practices refer to processes and policies to abide by the law, such as honesty and transparency in accounting. Ethical practices refer to efforts to meet stakeholder expectations for business activities. Essentially, legal business practices are enacted because of the inherent legal requirement that the company behave or act in certain ways. Companies often have staff or contracted lawyers to help ensure compliance with business and industry-related laws. Ethical practices offer a bit more choice, technically. A business doesn’t necessarily have to recycle plastics and other materials unless local laws dictate it. However, many companies do practice environmental recycling and reuse for ethical purposes and to meet public and customer expectations.” (“What Is the Difference Between Ethical Business Practices & Legal Practices?”, 2017).
When you hire the wrong person for your company, you may end up trying to find ways to place this employee in positions that do not involve much thought. You may also regret hiring this person because they may or may not be able to perform various tasks that the job may call for. Instead of firing the employee, you will have to spend a lot of time and money training this employee to do the jobs that need to be done. He or she may end up being an adequate employee and become beneficial to the company or he or she may not work out. Either way they will be a serious drain on your resources. Most companies will suffer a loss because they hire the wrong people, but as a plus the company will learn who to hire and who not to hire in this process.
Employment law issues affecting the security industry. (2017). Retrieved from http://www.lindermyers.co.uk/employment-law-issues-affecting-the-security-industry/
Employee rights during recruitment and selection. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/workers-rights/recruitment-a-selection
What Is the Difference Between Ethical Business Practices & Legal Practices? (2017). Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/difference-between-ethical-business-practices-legal-practices-66252.html