HA 530 Unit 4 : Unit 4: Equal Employment, Employee Rights and Discipline – Midterm Exam

1. Which of the following is not true regarding workforce diversity in the United States? (Points : 3)

Differences are increasingly recognized and celebrated in organizations.

Minority and female applicants have become the fastest-growing segments of the workforce over the last 30 years.

Firms increasingly establish policies that consider various work styles.

As globalization becomes more pronounced, so does the importance of managing workforce diversity for U.S. organizations.

Accommodating the needs of minority and female employees is less and less a

major responsibility for managers.

Question 2.2. Ethics refers to: (Points : 3)

a set of rules or principles that defines what is legal and what is illegal.

a set of rules or principles that defines right and wrong conduct.

a situation in which decisions are made based on religious rules or principles.

a situation in which individuals make decisions based primarily on their best interest.

a situation in which individuals make decisions based primarily on the best interest of the most economically disadvantaged individuals.

Question 3.3. Which of these quality experts began continuous improvement in Japanese industries? (Points : 3)

Lee Iacocca

W. Edwards Deming

Barry Bonds

Andrew Carnegie

Jason Eliot

Question 4.4. The _____________________________ establishes procedures for public companies regarding how they handle and report their financial picture. (Points : 3)

The Financial Reporting Act

The Government Finance Act

The Rebus Financial Act

The Gronow Reporting Act

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Question 5.5. Which of the following is not true regarding the maintenance function? (Points : 3)

Maintaining employees’ commitment to the organization.

Maintaining employees’ loyalty to the organization.

Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment.

Ensuring that the employees have the appropriate skills and abilities to perform their jobs.

Helping employees exert at high energy levels.

Question 6.6. A large university has 40 campuses around the state. Each site has courses taught, but the HRM functions of hiring, recruiting, and benefits are all done from a single campus location. This situation is an example of ___. (Points : 3)

shared services




technology shift

Question 7.7. Today, the percentage of women in the United States that hold senior management positions are: (Points : 3)




Less than 16%

Question 8.8. David conducts new employee orientation for a large organization. His work is within which basic HRM function? (Points : 3)



Career planning


Training and development

Question 9.9. The contingent workforce consists of all of the following types of employees except _______. (Points : 3)

temporary employees

contract employees

just-in-time workers

core employees


Question 10.10.

Which of the following is not a management function?

(Points : 3)






Question 11.11. Which of the following is a country that values individualism? (Points : 3)


New Zealand




Question 12.12. Safety and health is part of which primary HRM activity? (Points : 3)





Training and development

Question 13.13. Which training and development activity focuses on system-wide changes? (Points : 3)

Employee development

Employee training

Career development

System development

Organization development

Question 14.14. Work process engineering is: (Points : 3)

another name for downsizing.

another name for rightsizing.

a continuous improvement method that radically increases an organization’s productivity.

an organizational commitment to incrementally improving the quality of products and services.

a radical change in an organization.

Question 15.15. Which of following early management theorist was a forerunner of today’s teamwork concept? (Points : 3)

Elton Mayo

Mary Parker Follet

Hugo Munsterberg

Frederick Taylor

W. Edwards Deming

Question 16.16. HR professionals are confronted with all of the challenges that accompany a recession except: (Points : 3)


Retraining employees

Change in benefits

Morale amongst employees

The ability to attract and hire better qualified people

Question 17.17. Research studies suggest that (Points : 1)

honesty tests are not reliable.

honesty tests are very expensive to administer.

a small number of companies in the United States are using honesty tests to screen applicants.

honesty tests can be effective devices to screen applicants.

honesty tests are not valid.

Question 18.18. Which of the following is not a type of defined contribution plan? (Points : 1)

Roth IRAs

Money purchase pension plan.

A summary plan description


Individual retirement accounts

Question 19.19. Shameka is the new compensation manager of a large manufacturing company. She is currently redesigning the pay structure. She wants to be able to break down jobs based on identifiable factors and the degree to which these criteria exist on the different jobs in her company. What job evaluation method should Shameka use? (Points : 1)

Classification method

Point method

Ordering method

Ranking method

Broad-banding method

Question 20.20. Ted, an HR executive, is attending a conference. Topics include specific mentoring assignments for potential executive candidates, job options that enhance promotion potential for traditionally underrepresented candidates, and the value of diversity at all levels of an organization. What is the conference focus? (Points : 1)

Comparable worth

Glass ceiling

Adverse impact

Work equivalencies

Disparate impact

Question 21.21. In Germany, employees have ________ paid holidays. (Points : 1)






Question 22.22. Which of the following is not a law affecting employee rights? (Points : 1)

The Privacy Act

The Drug-Free Workplace Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fairness in Employment Act

The Polygraph Protection Act

Question 23.23. Which of the following is a non-exempt employee under the FLSA? (Points : 1)

A lawyer in a large corporation

A general manager in a manufacturing company

A health aide in a hospital

A middle level executive in a bank

An accountant in a pharmaceutical company

Question 24.24. A Bona fide occupational qualification refers to job requirements that are “reasonably necessary to meet the normal operations of that business or enterprise”. (Points : 1)



Question 25.25. Two U.S. government agencies are primarily responsible for enforcing equal employment opportunity laws. They are: (Points : 1)

The U.S. Office of Employment Effectiveness and the Bureau of National Legal Enforcement.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

The Bureau of National Legal Enforcement and the National Employment Bureau d) The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the National Employment Bureau.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Employment Bureau.

Question 26.26. Which of the following is not true regarding affirmative action plans? (Points : 1)

Affirmative action programs are instituted by a company to correct past injustices in an employment process.

Affirmative action means that a firm must take certain steps to show that it is not discriminating.

Affirmative action means that a firm must always hire members of minority groups and women before it hires white males.

Over the past decade, there has been a backlash against affirmative action programs.

It is unlikely that affirmative action programs disappear in the near future.

Question 27.27. Dwayne worked for a 500-employee manufacturer in the rust belt. The company closed his plant with no advance notice to employees as it failed and applied for bankruptcy. He showed up for work one Monday and saw a sign on the fence announcing the plant closing and the bankruptcy. What protection is Dwayne given under W.A.R.N.? (Points : 1)

No protection. W.A.R.N. doesn’t apply in the case of bankruptcy.

Dwayne will receive an amount of money equal to 60 days’ pay and benefits.

No protection. The company was too small.

Dwayne will receive a job and relocation expenses to another plant site.

No protection. W.A.R.N. only applies to partial layoffs.

Question 28.28. Changes to the workplace that allow qualified workers with disabilities to perform their jobs are called organizational workplace activities. (Points : 1)



Question 29.29. A defined benefit plan is a retirement program that pays retiring employees a fixed retirement income based on average earnings over a period of time. (Points : 1)



Question 30.30. Discipline should be immediate, provide ample warning, be consistent, and be impersonal. This statement describes which disciplinary rule? (Points : 1)

Hot stove rule

Progressive discipline

Employee assistance

Severity of infraction


Question 31.31. How many times are the base salaries of executives in the United States higher than those of low-level managers or operative personnel? (Points : 1)

10 times

50 times

100 times

400 times

1,000 times

Question 32.32. The Fair Credit Reporting Act of 1971 requires an employer to notify job candidates of its intent to check into their credit. (Points : 1)



Question 33.33. Which of the following piece of legislation provides for continued employee benefits up to three years after an employee leaves a job? (Points : 1)






Question 34.34. Melvin invests $2400 of his pre-tax earnings into an account each year. The money grows tax-free, and he can withdraw the money tax free when he reaches a certain age. What kind of retirement program does Melvin have? (Points : 1)

Scanlon Plan

Individual Retirement Account

Defined benefit plan

Profit sharing plan


Question 35.35. The beginning of equal employment opportunity is usually attributed to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. (Points : 1)



Question 36.36. What is roughly the proportion of all U.S. organizations using some form of drug testing? (Points : 1)






Question 37.37. Sonia is a compensation analyst for a large government agency. She reviews grades that have been established by skills, knowledge, and abilities. What job evaluation method is Sonia using? (Points : 1)



Point method



Question 38.38. The cost of employee benefits to organizations has remained stable over the last thirty years. (Points : 1)



Question 39.39. Which of the following is a legal BFOQ? (Points : 1)

Airline flight attendants must be female.

Airline pilots must be male.

Airline baggage handlers must have a college degree.

Education level may be used as a selection factor when hiring college professors.

Washroom attendants must be the same gender as the washroom designation.

Question 40.40. The Family and Medical Leave Act permits employees in firms of 100 or more employees to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for family or medical reasons. (Points : 1)



Question 41.41. Any organizational guarantee or promise about job security may constitute an implied employment contract. (Points : 1)



Question 42.42. Your neighbor, Dwayne, hasn’t worked in the past five years. He fell from a truck at work and hurt his back and leg. He draws 60% of his salary. Under what benefit plan is Dwayne covered? (Points : 1)




Short-term disability

Long-term disability

Question 43.43. A security company instituted a 5’10’’ height requirement as a condition of employment for security guards. Such a height requirement is likely to create: (Points : 1)

a disparate treatment.

an adverse impact.

a bona fide occupational impact.

a reverse discrimination effect.

a reverse treatment effect.

Question 44.44. The Fair Labor Standards Act covers which of these categories? (Points : 1)

Prevailing wage

Child labor

Reasonable accommodation


Glass ceiling

Question 45.45. Social Security is an example of a voluntary benefit. (Points : 1)



Question 46.46. A defined contribution plan is a type of retirement program whereby each employee has an individual account to which both the employee and the employer may make contributions. (Points : 1)



Question 47.47. Adverse impact is a consequence of an employment practice that results in a greater rejection rate for the majority group than for a minority group. (Points : 1)



Question 48.48. Which of the following is not classified as an on-the-job behavior type of disciplinary problem? (Points : 1)

Gross insubordination

Wage garnishment

Sexually harassing another employee



Question 49.49. Three of the most typical dichotomies of rewards are: intrinsic versus extrinsic rewards, financial versus nonfinancial rewards, and performance-based versus membership-based rewards. (Points : 1)



Question 50.50. Larry, confined to a wheelchair since his accident, has been denied a job as a data clerk because the workstations are too small to accommodate his wheelchair. Can he sue under the ADA? (Points : 1)

Yes. This is a clear instance of adverse impact.

No. Data clerks are expected to work in tight quarters.

Yes. This is a clear violation of reasonable accommodation.

No. The correct law in this case is the EEOC.

Yes. Title VIII specifically addresses Larry’s situation.

Question 51.51. A situation in which an employee notifies authorities of wrongdoing in an organization is called __________________________. (Points : 1)

Progressive discipline.

Honesty assessment.

Workplace security review

Employee monitoring.


Question 52.52. Workplace romances could lead to all of the following except: (Points : 1)

Breeches of ethics

Accusations of favoritism

High employee morale

Low productivity

Workplace violence

Question 53.53. Which Supreme Court case made invalid any test or diploma requirements that disqualified African Americans at a substantially higher rate than whites if the differentiation could not be proved job related? (Points : 1)

Griggs v. Duke Power.

Washington v. Davis.

Wyant v. Jackson Board of Education.

U.S. v. Paradise.

Wards Cove Packing Company v. Antonio.

Question 54.54. B.W. works for a tech manufacturer. He attends monthly meetings with managers and co-workers to evaluate labor-saving ideas. Last year, the group came up with a scrap salvage procedure that saved the company a million dollars. Each employee received $1000. What kind of compensation system is used? (Points : 1)

Scanlon Plan


Merit pay


Time-saving bonus

Question 55.55. The Privacy Act of 1974 requires federal government agencies to make available information in an individual’s personnel file. (Points : 1)



Question 56.56. The Fair Labor Standards Act established laws outlining minimum wage, overtime pay, and maximum hour requirement for most U.S. workers. (Points : 1)



Question 57.57. Job evaluation is the process whereby an organization systematically establishes its compensation program. (Points : 1)



Question 58.58. Zoe is required to take a drug test as a condition of employment by The Drug-Free Workplace Act. She has applied for which of these jobs? (Points : 1)

A stocker in a non-subsidized community food bank.

A shoe salesperson

A professor in a private college

A technician in a nuclear power production facility

A banker

Question 59.59. An activity whereby a company keeps informed of its employees’ activities is called employee assessment. (Points : 1)



Question 60.60. Which of the following is not a legally required benefit? (Points : 1)

Health insurance

Social Security

Unemployment compensation

Workers’ compensation

Unpaid family and medical leave

Question 61.61. Which of the following is not an extrinsic source of employee motivation? (Points : 1)

Salary increase

Enjoying being part of a work team

Write-up in the company magazine

Performance bonuses

Time-in-rank increase

Question 62.62. Which of the following best describes ERISA? (Points : 1)

Law that provides some health insurance coverage through the federal Medicare program.

Established the requirement that companies offering traditional health insurance to its employees must also offer alternative health-care options.

Law passed in 1974 designed to protect employee retirement benefits.

Law that requires organizations with 50 or more employees to provide eligible employees the opportunity to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for family or medical reasons.

Law that provides for continued employee benefits up to three years after an employee leaves a job.

Question 63.63. Most organizations conduct their own compensation surveys rather than relying on outside information. (Points : 1)



Question 64.64. Which of the following best describes the point method? (Points : 1)

Evaluating jobs based on pre-determined job grades.

Gathering factual data on pay practices among firms within specific communities.

Ordering job worth from highest to lowest.

Breaking down jobs based on identifiable criteria and the degree to which these criteria exist on the job.

A pay scale showing ranges of pay within each grade.

Question 65.65. Companies employing 50 or more employees are required to give employees 30 days notice when closing down a plant or laying off large numbers of workers. (Points : 1)



Question 66.66. International compensation packages, referred to as a balance sheet, contain all of the following categories except (Points : 1)

Base pay.



Assistance programs.

Golden parachute.

Question 67.67. In the United States, employees average 10 paid holidays per year. (Points : 1)



Question 68.68. Joe works for a large service organization. Last year, they paid nothing for authorized baby immunizations for their children. The children receive well-child pediatric care for $5 a visit. Joe complains that although the costs are reasonable, the family has to go the Local Clinic for all of their nonemergency care. What kind of health insurance does Joe have? (Points : 1)






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