AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management

AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management

AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management

AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management

Synopsis

This book provides human resource managers with the information necessary to cope with the ethical, legal, and financial issues surrounding AIDS. Masi offers a comprehensive Program Integration Model approach to managing the disease and shows how to develop effective policies, implement educational programs, and adapt existing Employee Assistance Programs to provide the most cost-effective and comprehensive service to employees dealing with AIDS. She also addresses the particular concerns of special populations, provides current legal information to help the employer avoid costly litigation, and reviews actual policies employed by major corporations in both the public and private sectors.

Excerpt

Why write another book on AIDS? Why read another book on the subject? Some people are saying: This is last year's problem (1989) in the workplace. We have other, more critical issues to give our attention to--health care, drugs, illiteracy, to name a few. The year 2000 will see a shrinking labor force as well as a changing labor force. Corporate America needs to put its energies into these concerns. AIDS affects only a small population, and few are even in the workplace.

The purpose of this book is to show how wrong such thinking is, and how such rationalizing is built upon ignorance of facts as well as a denial of one's feelings about the subject of AIDS. More importantly, the book addresses areas that have not been covered before in the literature that relate directly to the workplace. Information about AIDS is constantly changing and needs updating. Last year's information is just that. Already new facts, new legal decisions, and new medical information are pouring out into the media. All of this has implications for the work environment and that is what this book is about.

I am a professor at the University of Maryland and president of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consulting company for corporations. Clearly those roles affect my interpretation of the material. I consider that an advantage; I know of no other book written by an author with such a perspective. As an EAP professional I have worked for 15 years with large and small companies in the United States as well as many foreign countries. I have devoted my energy to assisting the client companies in investing in people--their most precious commodity--and thus investing in themselves. Corporate America is getting the message. It knows that its only hope to maintain a stable workforce is to provide flexible benefits, child care, drug . . .

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