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Your Workplace, Your Employees and the Law

Dates:October 7 - November 1, 2019
Meets:Online; work at your own pace.
Hours:16.00
CEUs:1.60
Instructor: LERN
Fee: $195.00  

An email invitation will be sent by the Wednesday prior to the course start date with details to login and manage your online course. Please NOTE to eliminate the possibility of the email invitation filtering as spam, add teacher@ugotclass.org to your Safe Senders List. Call 440-525-7116 if you encounter any problems.

There are 18 openings remaining at this time.


Course Description


This course will provide business owners, managers, supervisors and HR professionals with a roadmap for effectively handling complicated employee-related issues that affect today’s legal-prone work environment. Each class contains guidelines, step-by-step compliance instructions and practical leadership skills, methods and techniques proven strategies for successfully managing employees and for complying with state and federal workplace laws.

Agenda

Unit 1
Workplace Law Compliance
HR/Employer Recordkeeping Requirements.
Company Policies and Handbooks (What Works for You and Against in Court).
Understanding Federal Mandated Leave-of-Absence Laws (Guidelines, Forms, Policies & Tracking).
Legal Guidelines for Layoffs, Downsizing/Restructuring, Handling Unemployment Claims & Employee Recall Rights.
Joint (Dual) Employer Liability (Does It Apply to Your Workplace)?

Unit 2
Supervisors & The Law
How to Legally Track, Document & Discipline Employees.
How to Effectively Handle Employee Absenteeism & Punctuality Issues.
How to Handle Disgruntled & Bad-Attitude Employees without the Fear of Threats or Lawsuits.
Preventing Supervisor Liability (Employee Confidentiality/Privacy Issues, Discrimination, Retaliation, Bullying & Harassment).

Unit 3
Handling Employee Grievances and Complaints
Understanding the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Process.
Legal “Do’s & Don’ts” for Handling Employee Grievances.
How to Develop an Effective Internal Dispute Resolution Policy/Procedure.
EEOC Guidelines for Conducting Workplace Investigations.

Unit 4
Selecting, Interviewing and Hiring the Best People
Guidelines for Pre-Screening Job Candidates.
How to Legally/Effectively Get Candidates to Talk About Reprimands, Previous Employers & Terminations.
Developing Excellent Interviewing Skills (Legal “Do’s & Don’ts”).
How to Catch Resume Fraud, Fakes, & Liars.
Guidelines for Legally Extending & Retracting Job Offers.

Course Objectives
1. To provide those in the workplace with knowledge, education, and insight on how to protect their company from potential workplace liability issues in today’s diverse and legal-prone work environment.

2. To help students learn basic fundamentals of workplace law compliance (understanding the doctrine of employment-at-will doctrine, how to effectively develop/implement company policies that will stand up in court, & what HR forms, policies, and record-keeping requirements employers are mandated to have, and how to prevent employee-related threats and lawsuits).

3. To assist students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of mandated leave-of-absence laws, how to determine leave eligibility, when legally track & document the leave, and how to effectively handle employee absenteeism and punctuality issues related the employee’s serious/chronic medical condition.

4. To give students the knowledge to acquire comprehensive dispute/resolution skill, including tips and techniques for handling sensitive and difficult employee meetings in the areas of hiring, firing, employee discipline, leave-of-absence mandates, effective communication, and the proper handling of employee grievances.

5. To give students the learning for excellent interview skills and guidelines, how to catch resume fraud, how to legally extend and retract job offers, and legal alternatives for dealing with bad hiring mistakes without fear of retaliation.

Course Outcomes

1. To provide those in the workplace with knowledge, leadership skills, and legal guidelines to help them successfully structure and manage the “people side” of their business.

2. To provide employers with key leadership skills, methods, and techniques to help them better manage and handle employee-related issues, problems & concerns.

3. To give students the knowledge and insight on how to protect their company from employee-related potential workplace liability issues.

4. To provide leadership skills that can promote positive employee morale, organizational success and profits.

5. To provide ready-to-use action plans for successfully managing the most difficult employee meetings and for effectively dealing with difficult-personality employees and potential legal issues.

About Online Learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with and get to know the instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It's easy. It's fun.

How the Course Works
It's easy to participate in this online course! An email invitation will be sent by the Wednesday prior to the course start date with details to login and manage the course. You will be given a web address to go to enter the classroom along with a password. Use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here's what you can expect.

Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate. For the best learning, participants should log into the course on two to three different days of the week.

What you will do
For each unit, you will:
- Access the online readings
- Listen to the audio presentation for the unit and view the slides
- Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
- Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
- Make comments on the discussion board (try to make one or more comments at two to three different times each day to keep up with the conversation).

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead or go back and review again at your convenience.

Discussion
The discussion for each unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing (no audio required) and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make two or three comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

Still have questions? We are here for you! Call 440.525.7116 or send an e-mail to ceinfo@lakelandcc.edu and we will help in any way we can.
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