Introduction: Examining Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Resource Development

  • Claretha Hughes


The theory of human resource development HRD is within an ethical frame; yet, there is not much empirical research, from HRD scholars and professionals, which supports ethics as a foundational framework of HRD. HRD scholars and professionals have a unique opportunity to educate and train students and employees in ethical and legal issues in the workplace. This chapter identifies the role of HRD scholars and professionals in helping HRD leaders to recognize how they can contribute to ethical and legal standards development and to implementation strategies in the workplace. HRD scholars and professionals must have transdisciplinary skills and ethical and legal education and/or training to be an effective resource to others in the workplace. HRD scholars and professionals can help create a workplace environment where their knowledge, skills, and abilities related to ethical and legal issues are valued and appreciated by both the organization leaders and employees.


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  • Claretha Hughes
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  1. 1.University of Arkansas at FayettevilleFayettevilleUSA

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