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A Comprehensive Overview of the Issues Affecting HR Departments

Get a handle on the complicated issues that arise in the day-to-day operations of any human resources department! This extensive two-day course covers all of the hot-button issues that every HR professional should know, not only to avoid lawsuits, but to ensure that all employees are happy and productive. Experienced faculty will show you how to handle such issues as employee leaves, problem behaviors in the workplace, and what essential information should be included in employee handbooks. Don't miss out on this crucial human resource information - enroll today!

  • Learn the necessary disclaimers that every employee handbook must contain in order to avoid potential legal trouble.
  • Recognize the many intricacies of the Fair Labor Standards Act, so that employers can stop problems before they happen.
  • Understand how the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act intertwine in issues with employee leave.
  • Know what accommodations are considered reasonable when an injured worker returns to the workplace.
  • Properly document and manage discrimination complaints to ensure that both employers and employees are properly protected in case of lawsuits.
  • Effectively monitor employee communications and internet use in an ethical and legally compliant manner.


  1. Employment Law Update
    9:00 - 10:00, Jeffrey C. Miller
    1. The Affordable Care Act: The Latest Developments
    2. Same-Sex Benefits Update
    3. Immigration Reform: What Businesses Need to Understand
    4. Other State and Federal Updates
  2. Legal Issues in Recruiting and Hiring
    10:15 - 11:15, David A. Campbell
    1. Creating Legally Effective Job Descriptions
    2. Writing Job Offers and Rejection Letters that Repel Lawsuits
    3. Legal Aspects of Gaining Information Through Criminal Background Checks and Social Media Accounts
    4. Drafting Employment Contracts
  3. Imperative Information That Every Employee Handbook Should Contain
    11:15 - 12:15, Chastity L. Christy
    1. Necessary Disclaimers and Employee Classifications
    2. Laws and Policies to Include
    3. Parameters of Employment to Address
    4. Drafting Responsible Social Media Policies
  4. Wage and Benefits Issues
    1:15 - 2:15, Ryan T. Neumeyer
    1. Employee Benefits and the Laws That Govern Them
    2. Navigating the Maze of FLSA Requirements
    3. Common Wage and Hour Traps
    4. Part-Timers, Temps, Interns and Employer Obligations
  5. FMLA and Other Leave Issues
    2:30 - 3:30, Ryan T. Neumeyer
    1. Applicable Laws: The FMLA, the ADA and their Interconnection
    2. Laws Governing Military Leave
    3. Creating Effective Leave Policies
    4. Solving Complex Leave Issues
  6. Controlling Unemployment Compensation Costs
    3:30 - 4:30, Latha M. Srinivasan
    1. General Rules on Who is Entitled to Unemployment Compensation
    2. Key Information to Present Regarding the Initial Claim
    3. When is it Important to Fight an Unemployment Compensation Claim
    4. What you Need to Know About the Hearing Process
    5. Traditional Ways to Manage Unemployment Compensation Costs


  1. Current Issues in Human Resources
    9:00 - 10:00, David A. Campbell
    1. Best Practices with Employee Wellness Programs
    2. Developing Workforce Plans that Benefit Businesses
    3. Effective Strategies for Reducing Health Benefit Costs
  2. Workers' Compensation Basics
    10:15 - 11:15, Andrew J. Wolf
    1. Essential Policies and Protocols to Have in Place
    2. Determining Reasonable Accommodations for Injured Workers
    3. Issues with Workers' Compensation Insurance
  3. Discrimination and Harassment
    11:15 - 12:15, Latha M. Srinivasan
    1. Key Laws to Know
    2. Properly Managing Complaints
    3. Keeping Records of Incidences
    4. Discrimination and Harassment Prevention
  4. Workplace Behavioral Issues: Appropriately Handling Thorny Situations
    1:15 - 2:15, David A. Campbell
    1. Psychological Issues
    2. Drug and Alcohol Use
    3. Off-Duty Behaviors and Activities
    4. Workplace Violence: Harassment, Bullying and More
  5. Workplace Privacy and Employee Monitoring
    2:30 - 3:30, Jeffrey C. Miller
    1. Workplace Searches: From Desks to Smartphones
    2. Keeping Tabs on Workplace Communication and Computer Use
    3. Surveillance of Employees and Workplace Investigations
  6. Disciplining and Firing Employees
    3:30 - 4:30, Andrew J. Wolf
    1. Proactive Discipline Policies and Comprehensive Approaches to Discipline
    2. Determining When Employee Discharge is Appropriate
    3. Using Employee Evaluations to Reduce Liability When Firing Problematic Workers
    4. Discharge Letters, Waivers and Releases

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