• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Sage Course Companion on Human Resource Management is an accessible introduction to the subject that will help readers to extend their understanding of key concepts and enhance their thinking skills in line with course requirements. It provides support on how to revise for exams and prepare for and write assessed pieces. Readers are encouraged not only to think like an HRM student but also to think about the subject critically.

Designed to compliment existing textbooks for the course, the companion provides:

  • Easy access to the key themes in HRM
  • Helpful summaries of the approach taken by the main course textbooks and their strengths and weaknesses
  • Guidance on the essential study skills required to pass the course
  • Sample exam questions and answers, with advice on common themes that must always be addressed, how to use information effectively and pitfalls to advoid
  • Themes that run throughout the major points covered by the book
  • Taking it Further sections that suggest how readers can extent their thinking beyond the ‘received wisdom’

Much more than a revision guide for undergraduates, it is an essential tool that will help readers take their course understanding to new levels and help them achieve success in their undergraduate course.

Equality and Diversity
Equality and diversity
The Legal Framework

The law seeks to ensure that employers do not discriminate against particular categories of employee. It seeks to ensure that management decisions and actions are applied fairly and consistently across all current and potential employees. The major areas of legislation cover all aspects of the employment relationship including resourcing, reward, career development, pension and termination rights. The main areas covered by the requirement for equality of treatment are:

  • Gender, marital status or sexual orientation.
  • Disability.
  • Race, national origin or ethnicity.
  • Religion or belief.
  • Ex-offenders with spent convictions.
  • Membership (or non-membership) of a trade union.
  • Part-time or fixed-term contract workers.

In general terms there are categories of discrimination that have been recognised by the legislation:

  • Direct discrimination. This occurs when the employer directly uses, say, sex or race ...
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