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Ethics for Human Resources Managers
in Indian Country



Setting ethical standards in the workplace often begins and ends in the HR department. Unfortunately, it takes more than just crafting a code of ethics and declaring that all in the organization must follow it. Research has shown that for a code of ethics to be effective, it needs to be “woven into” the organization. This class will explain and explore HR’s role in establishing a culture of ethics and procedural fairness as well as discuss in detail what makes a great ethics policy.

With our expert instructor, you’ll take a hands-on approach and examine common ethical issues that arise in tribes and tribal organizations across the country. You’ll work through actual case studies involving ethical dilemmas and discuss possible solutions for HR departments. Your instructor will guide you through the process of establishing and enforcing high ethical standards in the workplace. You’ll also learn how to develop an ethics code, address violations, ensure compliance and enforce the code.

Whether your organization currently suffers from ethical violations or you want to be proactive in preventing them, don’t let your organization be plagued by ethical problems.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Basics of an Ethics Program
  • Structure of ethics
  • Compliance systems
  • Responsibilities of managers
  • Responsibilities of all employees
  • Monitoring
  • Auditing
  • Failure to comply
  • Policy for misconduct
  • Policy for rewarding ethical conduct
  • Policy for false reporting
  • Accountability
  • Nonretaliation policy
Determining Standards of Conduct
  • Establishing core values
  • Criminal conduct:
    • Kickback
    • Theft or larceny
    • Misappropriation
    • Embezzlement
    • Bribery
    • Extortion
  • Suspect Conduct:
    • Conflict of interest
    • Use of influence/power
    • Use of tribal/company property
    • Misconduct
    • Work habits
    • Duty to disclose the illegal or unethical conduct of others-- whistle-blowing
6 Attributes of Fair Procedures
  • Consistency
  • Accuracy
  • Correctability
  • Freedom from bias
  • Representativeness of those concerned
  • Ethicality
Models of Morality
  • Kantian Model of Ethics
  • Utilitarian Model of Ethics
Developing a Code of Ethics
  • Credo
  • Guidelines for decision making
  • Specific rules
  • Definitions, rationales and illustrations
  • Sanctions, penalties and code enforcement
Moral Hazards in the HR Department
  • Discrimination:
    • Age, gender, race, religion, disabilities, weight, attractiveness, etc.
  • At-will employment
  • Unions and strikes
  • Privacy issues:
    • Drug testing, surveillance in the workplace, etc.

*Topics subject to change.

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