Administrators make hundreds of decisions daily. Invariably, parents, staff, and children scrutinize their decisions. What rules should guide them? The right answer should be: legal duty, ethical duty, and professional duty. Administrators struggle with how to enforce ethical and professional duties with staff. Company values and the Code of Ethics are often handled as goals, suggestions, or recommendations. In fact, administrators can indeed make company values or the Code of Ethics a binding, enforceable legal document. This article will demonstrate how ethical and professional duties become enforceable when they are properly incorporated into legal contracts. This means an employerhas an employee sign a statement agreeing to obey the policies identified in the employee handbooks — it is enforceable.
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