Employee Rights and Responsibilities
HR professionals must help create a work environment that honors fairness, protects individual privacy, treats all workers with dignity and respect, while at the same time allowing the business to succeed. Rights generally do not exist in the abstract.
Instead, rights are powers, privileges, or interests derived from law, nature, or tradition. Rights are offset by responsibilities, which are obligations to perform certain tasks and duties. Those obligations can be spelled out formally in a written employment contract or more likely in an employer handbook and policies disseminated to employees.
The employment relationship is affected by both formal and informal agreements. The rights and responsibilities of the employee may be spelled out in a job description, an employment contract, HR policies, or a handbook, but often they are not.
Employment at will (EAW) is a common-law doctrine stating that employers have the right to hire, fire, demote, or promote whomever they choose, unless