Short Paper

Step 1: Human Resource Issues

Belinda has asked your team to advise John Smith, an American expatriate who oversees operations for Phone and Build in the Middle Eastern country Shining Sand. John is having some problems with some of his employees. Read more about the Human Resource Issues case.

In order to address John's issues, you will need background information on Employment Discrimination and Cross-Cultural Ethical Business Decision Making.

Belinda has asked you to include the following information in your memo.

  • Laws of

    Shinecall in Shining Sand

Human Resource Issues Case

Phone and Build’s subsidiary in Shining Sand,  Shinecall, is a joint stock company directly controlled by Phone and Build and incorporated in Delaware.

Twenty-five expatriates from the United States and one from Germany are on the executive team at Shinecall.  Two Shining Sand nationals are also part of the executive team. The rest of the 70 employees are all nationals of Shining Sand.  The head of the human resources department at Shinecall mistakenly sent an e-mail listing the salary and benefit packages of one of the US executive expats to the two local Shinecall executives. The local Shinecall executives are angry because their salaries are much lower, and their benefit packages are completely different.

John has been dealing with the troubles in Shining Sand for a few months and has been consulting with the local national head of human resources. John decided to try

to fix the problems by sending out two more expatriates from the United States on five-year contracts.  One is 66-year-old Dan, who has a lot of international human resources experience. The other is Sarah, a 42-year-old woman, with 15 years of experience in management.  Shinecall has applied for visas and work permits for both Dan and Sarah, as required under Shining Sand law.

The head of human resources wants to fire the top ranking local national executive, Ali, because she says he is the cause of all the trouble.  She wants to replace Ali with Mohammed, a national of the country  who would be glad to take Ali’s place.

The employment  law of Shining Sand requires mandatory retirement at age 65,  so the labor office of Shining Sand is refusing to grant Dan a work permit. Although there is no local law prohibiting women from taking management positions, the  labor office of Shining Sand refuses to grant a work permit for




Step 2: Prepare Your Memo

Using your outline and research notes, write a memo for Belinda, the CEO. Be sure to meet the following requirements:

  • Format your memo following the example linked above, including APA-formatted in-text citations and an APA-formatted reference list (do not format the body of the memo using APA style, just the reference list). See references and citations for details.
  • Include a specific recommendation on what action, if any, the CEO should take based on your analysis and conclusions.
  • Support your conclusions with references to legal principles and laws.
  • The memo should be 2 pages (double spaced, 12-point

    font; the reference list does not count towards page limit).

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