In a research paper, provide researched rationale for the nature and substance of your 4 selected, distinct policies. This paper is to be reflective of an academic research paper. The research paper must address the reasoning and/or rationale for the inclusion of the selected policy elements in a policy manual.

The selected policies must correctly address employment legislation pertinent to the stated size
of the company (15–25 employees). In elaborating on the rationale, you may want to consider
the following questions: Why should these elements be in a policy manual? What laws or
principles mandate an organization follow these guidelines? What cases have established
precedent for this issue to be addressed clearly in an organization’s employee policy manual?

Support your rationale with (at minimum) 10 reputable, practitioner sources (ex. SHRM) or scholarly journals.  Government websites (FLSA, EEO, etc.) can also count towards your
sources (note some government websites will not be a match – such as the dress code for the
Wisconsin’s FDA investigators.  The .gov isn’t automatically an applicable source.   Be
discerning. These sources will likely be the same as the ones on the HRPP Annotated
Bibliography but pay attention to your instructor feedback if a source or a policy topic needs to
be changed for this work.  The 10 sources are in addition to the required use of the textbook and
the Bible.

The paper must be at least 1,750 words, in addition to the cover page, the abstract, and the references page. It must be written in current APA format. Papers submitted with less than the minimum word count will not receive full credit in this area of the grading rubric.

Following are some examples of HR policy topics. These are only examples. You may
identify/select other topics that would be relevant and appropriate for a general employee policy
 Dress Code
 Technology Use
 Fraternization Policies (workplace dating)
 Confidentiality
 Harassment
 Benefits (This can be more specific to areas such as paid time off, health care benefits,
and so forth.)
 Leave
 Moonlighting
 Attendance

Please DO NOT pick:
 Training
 Recruiting/Selection
 Code of Conduct
 Ethics
 Performance Reviews

Some of these are more procedural and more for one person in a role at the company or for
supervisors.   Code of Conduct is easily confused with the more common Code of Conduct in
publicly traded organizations.

Keep the company size in mind as you research.  Stay in the US when it comes to laws and try to keep out of specific industries and areas that are not a match.  For example, an article on school dress code is not a good match to researching a dress code at the workplace.  An article on Transyvanian ceramic engineers who experience harassment is going to not have good carryover to a small US coffee shop and the definition of harassment will be not the same as the one in the US.

This paper is a rationale for the policies and the company is not important other than to keep the
small size in mind.   You can write the paper in general terms (policies for a small company, etc.)
or adopt a fictional company (ex. ABC Coffee Shop).   Do note this is not a research paper and
you are not looking at specific companies and what they have.   This is also not the policies
themselves and the tone will not be addressing employees but rather a formal paper about the
importance of the policies you pick.   Spend your time and effort on areas that advance the paper and align with the assignment instructions and rubric.

The policies you select do not need to be the most important four policies a company should
have – just any four policies that are of interest to you and a good match to a small company


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