Human resources management

1.  You have the following wage progression scale



3-1-21  9.00 9.50 10.00  10.50 11.00   11.50

3-1-22  9.50  10.00 10.50 11.00 11.50 12.00

3-1-23 10.00 10.50  11.00  11.50 12.00 12.50



3-1-21  9.50 10.00 10.50  11.00 11.50 12.00

3-1-22  10.00  10.50 11.00 11.50  12.00  12.50

3-1-23  10.50 11.00  11.50  `  12.00 12.50 13.00



3-1-21  10.00 10.50  11.00  11.50 12.00 12.50

3-1-22  10.50  11.00 11.50 12.00 12.50 13.00

3-1-23 11.00 11.50  12.00   12.50 13.00 13.50

Employees are paid according to length of service with the company and classification on a calendar year basis without deduction for time off or proration. Joe is hired as a Housekeeper on 4-1-18 and is promoted to Laborer on 4-1-20 and to Maintenance Helper on 10-1-22. Assuming he is not red-cirlced, State the rate at 3-1-21 and the wage changes and the dates thereof. (6 points) (Note: There may or may not be six rate changes.) NOTE: You only need to plot wages from 3-1-21

2. You are head of the Maintenance Department in Greggysburg, Ohio. Employees are paid according to length of service with the City based on their date of hire and classification.

You have the following employees who each are compensated 500 hours per calendar quarter with the following dates of hire.

A 1-1-75

B 4-1-88

C 10-1-17

D 7-1-18

E 4-1-17 RED CIRCLED AT $ 15.50

F 7-1-20

G 10-1-21

Employees receive a longevity bonus of $ 1,500 once a year when they reach their 20th anniversary date.

Employees earn vacation based on their length of service as of December 31st to be utilized in the following year as follows:

Less than 1 year  no vacation

1 to 7 years 2 weeks

8 to 14 years 3 weeks

15+ years 4 weeks

Employees will take all of their vacation. When employees take vacation, their jobs are filled by agency temps, the agency is paid $ 800 for each week of vacation covered.

Employer contribution rates are as follow:

PERS 15%

UEC 3%

WC 2%

The 2020 and 2021 wage scales are as follows:


2020  12.00 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 15.00

2021 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 14.50  15.50

2022  13.00 13.50 14.00 14.50 15.00 16.00

What is your budget for 2022? (24 points) SHOW ALL YOUR WORK.

3. You have been hired a head of human resources for a city in Ohio. The city just completed negotiations with its four collective bargaining units; police, fire, streets and parks and clerical. New contracts will be negotiated in three years. State all you will do to prepare for negotiations, to negotiate and to ratify the agreements. THIS IS A 30 POINT QUESTION, SO YOUR ANSWERS MUST BE VERY DETAILED AND NOT JUST PATCH AND PASTE.

4. Describe the structure of a good progressive discipline policy. (4 points)

5. Describe some signs of potential substance abuse. (4 points)

6. Compare the strike-off and ranking methods of selecting arbitrators stating what you would do under a ranking system. (3 points)

7. Define and explain: (2 points each)

Arbitrator docketing fee



8. The final positions on the issues by a public employer and a union in Ohio are as follows:

Union Employer

Wages 3% increase    No increase

Holidays 1 more holiday   No change

Health Insurance Employee share 10% Employee share 30%

By giving examples, explain and compare what a fact-finder can recommend to what a conciliator can order. (4 points)

9. You have the wage progression scale below. What questions do you need to ask to fully understand how it works. (6 points. There may or not be six questions)


2020  12.00 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 15.00

2021 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 14.50  15.50

2022  13.00 13.50 14.00 14.50 15.00 16.00

10.  STEP 1 STEP 2   STEP 3  STEP 4 STEP 5 STEP 6

2020  12.00 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 15.00

2021 12.50 13.00  13.50 14.00 14.50  15.50

2022  13.00 13.50 14.00 14.50 15.00 16.00

State the other questions which must be asked to understand how the above system works. (2 points)

11. Describe the steps in the process of investigating a disciplinary infraction. (6 points)

12. State three factors which may cause a union to seek to organize your employees. (2 points each.

13. You are a public employer in Ohio and there are 300 employees covered by the union contract. There are 60 union members. The vote of the recommendation of the fact-finder is 37 to reject, 23 to approve. What is the result? Explain. (3 points)

14. You want to buy a printing business. There is a union contract covering twenty employees which expires in a year. Nine of the employees are essential and are paid considerably above market. The other eleven employees are good employees, but are paid slightly above market. Even paying above market, the company is still slightly profitable, but could be very profitable if market wages were paid. There is a clause in the union contract that says, “This contract shall be binding on any person or entity which may purchase the business. Discuss the issues. (10 points)

15. In what type of circumstances and why might you suspend an employee pending investigation. (3 points)

16. State three ways a mediator can be helpful in settling negotiations. (2 points each)

17. Describe all you would do to prepare to present a discharge case in arbitration for management. (12 points)

18. You as management lost an arbitration eighty days ago and the union has not pressed you to follow the award. You believe that the arbitrator was wrong. Discuss what you will do and when. (4 points)

19. Give an example of a situation which would be a secondary boycott. (2 points)

20. Describe what must done in answering grievances under a union contract. (4 points)

21. State two advantages of using structured interviews. (2 points each)

22. Explain the steps required in establishing a training procedure. (5 points)

23. If you were going to form a panel to review applicants, what types of persons would you have on the panel and why?  (4 points)

24. Describe a training process called “role playing” and the types of skills to be trained by that process. (4 points)

25. Describe and explain four common errors in evaluations. (2 points each)

26. Identify four options for dealing covering unexpected absences. (2 points each)






28. You want to put in place an ADR. What features must be in the ADR to make it mandatory. (5 points)

29. Define: (2 points each)

Turnover ratio


30. State three advantages and three disadvantages of filling position though employee referrals. (2 points each)

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