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This book details the elements of modern labor practices in the United States and includes a comprehensive review of the history of human resources in the United States. Chapter 2 describes the inexorable link between human resource practices and the laws and regulations guiding them. Chapter 3 provides an overview of the modern HR practices of talent acquisition, total rewards, diversity and inclusion, U.S. employment laws, technology and data, employee relations, employee engagement, organizational effectiveness and development, learning and development, HR structure, HR strategy, risk management, global context, and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Chapter 4 provides an in-depth summary of the practice of High Performance Work Systems (HPWS) and finally Chapter 5 concludes the text with how modern practice culminates in Human Resource Development.


Human Resources, HRD, High Performance Work Systems, Human Resources History, Labor Laws

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The History of Human Resources in the United States: A Primer on Modern Practice