Human resources departments have evolved significantly throughout modern history. The one force that has
shaped human resources more than any other and has been most responsible for how the department
functions today, has been the state and federal government. Human resources departments have always been
highly influenced by the passage of new laws (e.g., HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act), regulatory policies
(e.g., nondiscrimination/harassment or retaliation policies that are enforced by the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC)), and safety protections (such as those enforced by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA)).
Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that examines the effect of legal, safety, and regulatory requirements on the
human resources process. Your paper should focus on employee-related regulations established by the United
States, such as the Department of Labor, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Department of Homeland Security.
Include your thoughts on the following statement:
“Common sense and compassion in the workplace have been replaced by litigation.”
Cite at least 3 references.
Format your assignment according to APA guidelines