Responding Task

Examples of interactive discussion with classmates

Hypothetical Scenario:  Review the memorandum, “International vs. Domestic Hiring and Recruitment” that discusses Company A’s new international hiring and recruitment policy that replaces its domestic hiring and recruitment policy.  Do you believe the new international hiring and recruitment policy is beneficial or detrimental to Company A?  Why or why not?

Superior Example:  Substantive, comprehensive, justified Interactive response that promotes further discussion:

Hi, Susie and Classmates:  You clearly explained why you believe Company A’s international hiring and recruitment policy is detrimental to the company. However, I disagree with this position.  Yes, A’s new hiring policy is more costly in the short term, but I believe it is positive for the company and, in the long term, financially efficient.

The company I work for is not an international one, but 5 years ago it changed from a regional recruitment policy to a national one.  This enabled the company to cast the net more widely to hire more qualified, experienced personnel which saved on training costs. Also, according to a 2016 internal study, employee retention in my company increased 25% under the new national hiring policy as my company was able to hire employees who were a better fit in skills, expertise, professional goals and work style.  Hiring and training are costly for any company, so increasing employee retention is inevitably a cost savings for businesses.

I believe similar beneficial changes in reduced training costs and savings resulting from employee retention could apply to A’s new international hiring policy.  What do you think?

Samuel’s post

Compensation Laws

1. Analyze whether Thomas can recover his medical expenses under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.

According to Maryland’s workers’ compensation law, Thomas is not a qualified beneficiary of medical expenses (Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law, 2021). An employee who should receive medical expenses must meet two conditions. First, they must be engaging with job activities and second, the injury must be a result of the employer’s fault (Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law, 2021). In understanding why Thomas will not receive medical expenses, it is essential to understand the relationship between Clean and Maryland Helpers. Thomas got the injury while loading masks and respirators. Loading was a service contracted to Maryland Helpers, and therefore, Thomas was not within his jurisdiction. At the same time, Thomas was not an employee of Maryland Helpers meaning that he was not covered by the insurance of Maryland Helpers (Maryland Thurgood Marshall State Law, 2021). An employee can only receive medical expenses from their employer.

1. Analyze whether Sarah can recover her medical expenses under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.

Sarah qualifies for medical expenses from Maryland Helpers. The reason behind it is that she was within the jurisdiction of her position as an employee for Maryland Helpers. First, the Maryland Compensation Law covers employees who suffer injuries while attending organizational tasks (University of Maryland Baltimore, n.d). The accident occurred when Maryland Helpers’ employees were loading masks and respirators. Based on the contract between Maryland Helpers and Clean, loading was a responsibility for Maryland Helpers, and therefore, Sarah was within her jurisdiction. Second, the materials that caused harm were in possession of Maryland Helpers. It was the company’s responsibility to load the goods meaning that accidents associated with the products were the responsibility of Maryland Helpers. Given that Maryland Helpers is an organization that offers mobile services, the working space translates to its workplace (University of Maryland Baltimore, n.d). For example, if the company is moving goods from the warehouse of a client, the activities during that process are covered by the Maryland compensation laws.


Tracy’s post

1.  Analyze whether Thomas can recover his medical expenses under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.

Thomas can recover his medical expenses under Maryland’s worker’s compensation law.  Thomas is an employee for Clean.  Clean is located in Maryland.  Thomas works in Maryland for the company Clean.  The incident occurred during Thomas’ normal working hours on the job at the job site.  The injury that Thomas received would be covered under the Maryland’s worker’s compensation law because it is an accidental personal injury that occurred out of and in the course of employment (Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2011).  The accident occurred while Thomas was performing his job duties, at the job site, during normal hours, all of which satisfy the requirements for compensation.

2.  Analyze whether Sarah can recover her medical expenses under Maryland’s workers’ compensation law.

Sarah is eligible to recover her medical expenses under Maryland’s worker’s compensation law, depending on a few factors.  Sarah is an independent contractor for Maryland Helpers.  It does not state in the scenario whether Maryland Helpers offers worker’s compensation insurance or if Sarah has to obtain it on her own, which she could have done as well.  If Sarah has insurance, either through her employer or independently, she would be covered and would recover her medical expenses.  The only difference between Thomas and Sarah is the employer/employee relationship (Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2011).  Everything else is the same.  Sarah was also acting in the capacity of her job, at the job site in Maryland where she was directed to be at, and the incident occurred during normal working hours.  The incident occurred while Sarah was performing her required duties.