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Disconnect between policy and procedure in the labour market


Dr. Tamaro J. Green

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2021-03-09 12:46:55 viewed: 508


The policies that have been put in place by laws and regulations may often be completely ignored in employment practices.  Without proper oversight, a disconnect between law and practice, widens opportunity gaps for affected populations.  Many times, the only way of observing a violation is by a whistle blower or through legal action.  Without adequate reporting requirements, employment laws can be largely ignored.  Even when violations are identified, the civil penalties for violating labour laws are minimal losses for violators.  This disconnect in itself creates new policies for which these measures can largely be ignored.

Reinforcement steps to encourage abiding of labour laws could include a number of new policies that may convince violators to address their violations.  Third part oversight is one policy that may introduce a strategy for observing more violations.  Third party oversight could derive from a federal agency, local governments, or partnerships, between businesses and trade organizations.  Increasing civil penalties for violations could make the repercussions so high that the violators do not consider the risk of such a violation.  Increasing the civil penalties could also demonstrate the attention that regulators have in this jurisdiction.  Another policy is to create a reporting measure within employers that forces them to disclose data on their employment practices.  This policy allows for competition between employers on how they abide by regulations.  This policy would create a public record of their acceptance of these policies.  These policy recommendations are steps to improving acceptance of written laws and regulations for employment.

Identifying the root cause of why employers violate labour laws may provide greater strategies for understanding the need for these policies in the first place.  Besides the obvious, access to free or cheap labour, employers that violate labour laws must be motivated by some ideal on why they choose to break the law to employ workers.  Recently, there has been a trend of companies that were exposed of ignoring domestic workers to hire cheap foreign labour, companies obtaining raw and manufactured goods from places with cheap illegal labour, and companies implementing discriminatory hiring practices.  Although companies have the opportunity to make the decision to honour employment laws, their objectives to deliver products with cheaper costs may also be supported by additional influences.  Further research may go into the studying the root causes of labour law violations.


Dr. Tamaro Green is a computer science researcher and the founder of TJG Web Services.  TJG Web Services, LLC is a consulting firm in the field of information technology.  Dr. Green writes on topics of privacy, security, and ethics in information technology and computer science.

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