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Course Description

Learn the basics of Employment Law, the potential pitfalls, and ways to keep yourself out of court so that you can grow your business by hiring, evaluating, and managing employees. 

This course will discuss all the necessary information you need to know about employees and independent consultants, what benefits you are responsible for, taxes, discrimination issues, unionization, and workplace safety.  You will learn the ins and outs of how to advertise a job position, and how to effectively interview so that your hiring process goes smoothly. Learn good evaluation techniques and how to resolve problems before they become really big issues.  However, not everyone is in the right place, and you may have to terminate someone from your employment, and this class will help you to do it the right way. 

Employment laws are both at the federal and state levels and every business owner is responsible for them. While this course is NOT a replacement for knowing and understanding the employment laws that affect your business, this course will reveal the most common employment laws and how they can affect the way you do business. This course is a must for anyone who wishes to learn how to be an effective employer, supervisor, or manager and will be of benefit to any small business owner or a corporate executive, manager, supervisor, or human resource specialist.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson One: The Employment Relationship

In this lesson you will understand the importance of learning the fundamentals of employment law; you will, at the very least, limit the possibility of litigation. 14 Total Points
  • Review Article: Employment Law Basics
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson One: The Employment Relationship

Lesson Two: The Process of Hiring Employees

In order to find the best applicants for your position, you will need to write a clear description of the job that needs to be done. 13 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Americans with Disabilities Act; Interviewing for Employers
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Two: The Process of Hiring Employees

Lesson Three: Evaluating Performance

The lesson will include an interview with Michael Link. He holds the position of senior manager at an international corporation and has long been involved in the process of hiring, evaluating, and occasionally terminating employees. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: STAR Interviewing; Job Evaluations
  • Take Poll: STAR
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Three: Evaluating Performance

Lesson Four: Termination

We are not always 100 percent successful in choosing the right person for a position we need filled. Other times, because of economic situations, we have to let good people go. 7 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Termination; Employee Termination Checklist
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Four: Termination

Lesson Five: Employee Compensation and Benefits

The FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) is the main federal law that covers all issues related to wages and pay. It sets minimum wage and overtime payment standards. It prevents gender-specific pay. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: FLSA; Exempt and Non Exempt Workers
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Five: Employee Compensation and Benefits

Lesson Six: Taxes

One aspect of employment law you may prefer to avoid but cannot is the issue of taxes. As an employer, you are automatically assigned the role of tax collector. 11 Total Points
  • Review Article: Small Businesses and Employment Taxes
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Six: Taxes

Lesson Seven: Leave Policies

With a few exceptions, employers actually have no obligation to provide for leave from work, except as mandated by law. 12 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: FMLA; Jury Duty
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Seven: Leave Policies

Lesson Eight: Workplace Safety

Safety in the workplace has become of paramount importance for both employers and employees. 9 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: OSHA; Workplace Safety and Health
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eight: Workplace Safety

Lesson Nine: Discrimination

Job discrimination includes hiring, wage, and promotion decisions based on anything other than a worker's performance, credentials, or skills. 14 Total Points
  • Review Article: Job Discrimination
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Nine: Discrimination

Lesson 10: Disabilities

In 1990, Congress passed the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) in order to prevent discrimination against individuals with mental or physical disabilities. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Americans with Disabilities Act; A Guide for Employment; EEOC Enforcement Guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Ten: Disabilities

Lesson Eleven: Unions and Labor Relations

Prior to the newest federal administration (2009), only about 12 percent of all American workers belonged to unions. This is a decline of about 50 percent from numbers collected in 1983. 11 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Unions and Businesses; National Labor Relations Board
  • Take Poll: Unions
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Eleven: Unions and Labor Relations

Lesson 12: Legal Issues

The employer-employee relationship is one that is created with tightly woven legal constraints. When one side violates the other's rights, then the dispute could possibly turn into a legal issue. 14 Total Points
  • Review Article: Arbitration
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Twelve: Legal Issues

Lesson 13: Miscellaneous Topics

The balance of your employees' "reasonable expectation of privacy" and your desire to run your business efficiently and effectively is tenuous at best. 70 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Privacy in the Workplace?; Rights vs. Privacy
  • Take Poll: Privacy
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson Thirteen: Miscellaneous Topics
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Employment Law Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550199
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the employment relationship.
  • Describe the process of hiring employees.
  • Describe evaluating performance.
  • Define termination.
  • Describe employee compensation and benefits.
  • Know taxes.
  • Know leave policies.
  • Identify workplace safety.
  • Describe discrimination.
  • Describe disabilities.
  • Describe unions and labor relations.
  • Know legal issues, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The course covered a wide range of potential issues one might encounter as an employer. Of particular usefulness were the legal distinctions of exempt and non-exempt employees for the 40 hour work week." -- John W.
  • "I feel that I have learned a lot in this class, very useful information." -- Serita K.
  • "Enjoyed it; learned a lot." -- Allen W.
  • "All of it was helpful!" -- Glen K.

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