From the case study textbook, Managing in the Public Sector, review Chapter 1, “Managing Employees,” Case Study 2, “Not Paying Taxes at the IRS,” pp. 16-18. Review the scenario and write a minimum of 850-words defending your responses to the following questions:
In theory, is the new policy a good idea? Why, or why not? Should the policy be rewritten to provide more clarification? Is it too draconian as written? What ethical theory or theories would support the new policy?
Does June’s situation qualify for a hardship exemption from the policy? What about her claim that she does not remember any of the communications regarding the policy? There were three communications sent out about the policy. Shouldn’t a diligent employee have read at least one of those communications?
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How would you evaluate Kevin’s actions in this case? Could he have taken a different approach? Was it necessary to get human resources involved before he knew all the facts? Was Kevin’s statement of the policy accurate? Was this statement ethical? Should he have provided a copy of the actual policy to June for her review? Why, or why not?
If a decision is made to terminate an employee under this or any other policy of a government agency, how much due process should be afforded an employee to ensure that a wrongful termination does not occur, or that if one should occur, the employee is reinstated? What would you say is the essence of the concept of “due process?”
Complete your writing with a reflective summary that identifies the Case Study’s major theories, ideas, and concepts associated with policy formulation that provide sound ethical standards.