This week’s lesson discussed some of the legal and ethical issues with mediation. Consider and comment on the following questions:

This week’s lesson discussed some of the legal and ethical issues with mediation. Consider and comment on the following questions:
1. Would you argue, as some scholars would, that mandatory mediation violates disputants’ fourteenth amendment rights? Why or why not?
2. Notwithstanding your answer to #1, can mandatory mediation be justified on other grounds such as judicial efficiency or the positive outcomes often reported from reluctant participants? Explain your answer.

Instructions:  Your initial post should be at least 250 words.

Review one of the topical area listed below and discuss what is currently known about the domain. Tie in research information on relationships of personality to health prevention behaviors, and behavioral and medical interventions for depression in old age. The deliverable should conclude by outlining future directions in that area

Review one of the following:
Depression: Out of the Shadows
Alzheimer’s Disease: The Forgetting

Establishing a Hotel Business 

Establishing a Hotel Business
The hotel that I will create is a medium sized mid-market resort in Miami with 240 rooms for the guests, and the hotel will provide the visitors with ample parking space, king sized beds, and attractive furniture to enhance its appeal. The choice of Miami as the hotel’s location is ideal despite the high level of competition from the numerous established hotel and resort chains found in the city. Miami has a number of tourist attractions such as sandy beaches, the Jungle Island, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Bayfront Park, and the Miami Seaquarium among others. Additionally, the city has favorable weather conditions allow the tourists to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year as well as having a small population of locals who are known for their hospitality. I hope that the resort hotel will receive many visitors and record good profit margins. The decision to open a resort hotel in Miami is important because most of the visitors in the city seek relaxing environments and willing to pay premium amounts for the self-contained rooms located near beaches.
The property will be located on a 6acre plot next to the beach and will feature a number of amenities such as outdoor swimming pools, and two tennis courts. The hotel resort will also have a mini basketball court, spa, room service and an indoor fitness center that will remain open throughout the day. The guest rooms will feature high-quality furnishings, free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and free cable TV connections. The resort will also free transport to outback locations in Florida to allow the visitors to enjoy their hiking and picnic experiences at Oleta River State, Bear Cut Nature Preserve, Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park, FIU Nature Preserve, or AD Barnes Park. Such experiences will help in promoting the resort as an attractive hospitality facility that offers full services and additional benefits to its guests, and this will form part of the resort’s strategy to enhance its competitiveness in the city.
The employees play a critical role in achieving positive outcomes from opening the new hotel resort in its target market because they interact with the guests directly and understand some of the customers’ personal preferences. The employees should also be well motivated to ensure that they offer high-quality services in a tourist market that features high levels of competition from established luxury hotel and resort brands. As such, it is important to ensure that the hotel employs a sufficient number of employees for various positions to achieve the optimum staff to room ratios. Moreover, the resort hotel should not overstaff its departments to avoid incurring increased operational costs. The identified departments in the resort hotel include the front office, finance, human resource, housekeeping, food, sales, and logistics departments.
The hotel will hire ninety-six employees to work in different departments as follows; fifteen employees at the front desk, ten employees in valet parking services, fifteen workers in housekeeping, twenty waiters, twelve employees in food production and beverage, six employees in facilities maintenance and engineering, twelve employees in administrative and management, and six employees in the fitness center. The front desk attendants will work on a shift basis with nine attendants working during the day and six serving the night shifts. The front desk attendants should be highly motivated and have good interpersonal skills because they are the face of the hotel and give the guests the first impression of the resort’s hospitality. Each of the housekeeping employees will be responsible for cleaning sixteen rooms, and this is the national average in most facilities. The food production and beverage department is also important to enhance the guests’ experiences at the resort by offering quality foods and drinks.
The primary responsibility of the front office employees is receiving visitors when they arrive at the hotel and helping them after completing their time. The front office employees are also expected to respond to all the visitors’ queries and offer information concerning the facility among others. The applicants for the front office jobs should have at least high school diplomas although they will receive training after selection. However, the crucial skills sought in the applicants include computer literacy, strong interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, and good communication skills. The projected annual salary for the front office employees will be $15,000 although this will increase as the employees gain an increased experience in their work. The housekeepers’ primary responsibility will be cleaning the guests’ rooms, dusting furniture and arranging the rooms, and making the beds among others. The most important requirement for this job is the physical and mental fitness of the applicants in addition to attention to details, time management, thoroughness and organization, and teamwork. The housekeeping job does not have specific educational requirements although they will be expected to have good communication and interpersonal skills. The projected salary for the entry level housekeepers is $12,000 per year although it is expected to increase with the employees’ levels of experience.
The minimum educational requirement for the valet parking service attendants is a high school diploma and their job will include parking the visitors’ cars and assisting them in carrying their luggage to and from the hotel. The parking attendants are expected to have good communication and interpersonal skills as well as valid driving licenses. The projected annual salary for the valet parking service attendants is $8,000 although this is subject to increase in the future. The food production and beverage employees’ responsibilities will include preparing various types of foods and cocktails for the guests. The minimum educational requirement for the food production and beverage employees is a high school diploma although the chefs are expected to have a minimum of a college degree. The projected salary for these employees is $15,000 although this will increase depending on experience and attained levels of education.
The waiters/waitresses’ responsibility will include ensuring that the guests receive their ordered meals at assigned tables or in their rooms. The servers are also expected to ensure that the visitors enjoy their meals in relaxed environments and they are expected to have good communication skills and teamwork for their work. The minimum educational level required for the waiters/waitresses is a high school diploma although a college degree will be an added advantage. The servers’ projected annual salary is $10,000 although this is subject to increases and added benefits in the future. The facilities maintenance and engineering employees will be responsible for repairing any electrical or mechanical damages at the resort. The required skills from these employees include teamwork, time management, and analytical skills and their projected entry-level salary is $18,000. The minimum educational level required for the maintenance and engineering personnel is a college degree. The administrators will be responsible for supervising all the activities in their various departments as well as assigning jobs and managing job rotations. The minimum educational requirement for the administrators is a college degree although a master’s degree in business administration is an added advantage. The entry-level salaries of the administrators will be $40,000 per annum. The fitness center attendants will be responsible for assisting the guests in workouts and aerobic exercises during their visits at the hotel and the educational requirement for these employees is a college degree in any discipline related to physical education. The total annual salaries for all the employees at the hotel will be $1,558,000 as shown in the table below.
The Projected Annual Salaries of the Employees

Job   Specification

Number   of Employees

Annual   Salaries


Front   Office Representatives








Valet   Parking Attendants




Food   Production and Beverage








Maintenance   and Engineering Personnel








Fitness   Center Attendants







Organizational Chart of the Hotel

Review a court case related to the Clean Water Act,. Then, write a case study of at least t full pages in length. Please discuss the following:

Review a court case related to the Clean Water Act,. Then, write a case study of at least t full pages in length. Please discuss the following:

the court case
why and when it occurred
the outcome
how the outcome impacted future interpretation of the act
personal thoughts about the court case

The case study should be written in paragraph form and at least two pages in length. It does not require a title page or a running header; however, please double space, use 12 point Times New Roman font, and cite your sources and references in APA style.

Assignment 2: Environmental Regulations and Policy 

Assignment 2: Environmental Policy

Due Week 10 and worth 120 points

There are several environmental laws, regulations, and policies that currently influence your life, and they include the following:

The Clean Air Act
The Clean Water Act
The Endangered Species Act
The Superfund
The Montreal Protocol
The Basel Convention
Choose one (1) of these environmental regulations, or another policy that interests you; then, research your chosen regulation or policy’s requirements and environmental and economic impacts.

Write a three to five (3-5) page paper in which you:

Describe three (3) key elements of environmental regulations or policies you chose. Specifically, discuss who is affected and what actions they are required to undertake, including federal and state agencies and specific industries, and how these requirements are enforced.
Assess three (3) effects this environmental regulations or policy had on our environment. Next, quantify its effects, if possible, to analyze whether or not the regulation had the desired effect on the environment.
Discuss three (3) economic effects of your chosen policy or regulation. Next, describe the direct costs of implementation, as well as the effect the regulation has had on economic growth. If possible, find a benefits/cost analysis that will provide you with objective analyses of this regulation’s economic impact.

Speculate whether or not you believe that this policy or regulation has been successful overall. Next, debate whether or not your chosen policy or regulation has promoted environmental benefits or outweighed its economic costs. Lastly, determine whether you would recommend renewing this policy or regulation when it comes to its expiration date, or whether you should let the policy or regulation expire. Justify your response.
Use at least three (3) quality resources / references in this assignment, in addition to the course text. Note: Wikipedia and personal blogs do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, your professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

Assess the various methods used to understand natural phenomena and the human impact on it, and analyze the steps taken to protect the environment.
Analyze factors influencing the use and conservation of environmental resources.
Analyze the effect of human populations on various ecosystems, including agriculture, urbanization, waste management, and pollution.
Critically evaluate sources of information about environmental science and communicate them effectively.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in environmental science.
Write clearly and concisely about environmental science using proper writing mechanics