1. Answer one definition question and one business discussion question in one paragraph or two. 2. Reply two peer’s post with constructive feedback, use form such as:” Hi, nice post. I agree with your…. (or) while I disagree with…. 3. Feel free to use outside resource but don’t forget cite them correctly please.
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Question:
Basic Concepts
1. Separation of Powers
Describe the two concepts that (a) balance power within the federal government and (b) provide
distinctions in the role of the federal, state, and local governments
Business Discussion:
1.Other retail businesses in the mall in which your sports shoes shop is located have
decided to open on Sundays from 12 noon to 6 P.M. You decide to follow suit, but two
of your employees refuse to go along, saying it is against their religious beliefs to
work on the Sabbath. You terminate their employment. They apply for unemployment
compensation, and contend their unemployed status is your fault. If the state grants
them benefits, you will be penalized since your unemployment compensation taxes will
go up.
Should you contest their claim?
What would be the result if the employees refuse to work on Sunday because of
their desire to play golf on that day?
Student post 1: Zhenhui
Business Discussion 1
1. Should you contest their claim?
I should contest their claim because the employees are based on religious freedom to contend their unemployed status is my
fault. Therefore, they must show that they are doing their religion activity on Sabbath. If they are not doing what their religion
requires on Sabbath, then their claim is not valid.
2. What would be the result if the employees refuse to work on Sunday because of their desire to play golf on that day?
It’s simple, they file the claim based on their religion belief should be respected, if they are not practicing religion on Sunday,
instead, they play golf. Then contesting the unemployment will not be an issue.
Reference:Pagnattaro, M. A., Cahoy, D. R., & Magid, J. M. (2016). The legal and regulatory environment of business. New York,
NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
Student post 2: Jinang
Business Discussion
Other retail businesses in the mall in which your sports shoes shop is located have decided to open on Sundays from 12 noon to
6 P.M. You decide to follow suit, but two of your employees refuse to go along, saying it is against their religious beliefs to work
on the Sabbath. You terminate their employment. They apply for unemployment compensation and contend their unemployed
status is your fault. If the state grants them benefits, you will be penalized since your unemployment compensation taxes will
go up.
Should you contest their claim?
What would be the result if the employees refuse to work on Sunday because of their desire to play golf on that day?
Answer: I should not contest their claim because of freedom of religion. The First Amendment states that Congress show make
no law “respecting an establishment of religion” “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. These clauses guarantee freedom of
religion through the separation of state and church. The Supreme Court has held that the denial of unemployment benefits to a
worker who refused a position because the job would have required him to work on Sunday violated the free exercise of the
clause of the First Amendment. I will not be punished for unemployment if they refuse to work on Sunday because of their
desire to play golf. Playing golf is a personal habit which is not related to any religions, thus they will not be protected by The
First Amendment, the freedom of religion.

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