Government Regulation of the Employment Relationship

Government Regulation of the Employment Relationship

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Ever since the emergence of industrial relations as a field in the late 1920s, three different approaches to labor problems have been focal points for research and debate, according to Bruce E. Kaufman. What he refers to as qemployersq solutions involve personnel management; workers rely on unionism and collective bargaining; and the third component, the community, depends on government regulation in the form of protective labor legislation and social insurance programs. Kaufman contends that government regulation has contributed significantly to the remarkable progress made during the twentieth century in achieving a more productive and humane workplace. As labor problems have changed, debate about the efficacy of government regulation has continued. In this volume, some of the most distinguished scholars in industrial relations frame the current issues, develop theoretical insights, and provide an objective review of the empirical evidence.... the regulation of workplace safety and health in the U.S. This topic provides a particularly good vehicle for examining the usefulness ... Dating back to the 19th century, occupational safety and health regulation is the oldest form of government ... the empirical evidence concerning the effectiveness of the various prevention approaches in order to provide a rough test of ... factors as limits of knowledge or mobility by workers may justify some limited forms of intervention in the economy.

Title:Government Regulation of the Employment Relationship
Author: Bruce E. Kaufman
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 1997

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