This program provides advanced-level information, guidance, and best practice tips on topics every experienced HR professional should know. It is a great next step to those who have completed our HR Management Program: Introduction to Core HR Functions and want to take their career to the next level. This is also a great opportunity for PHR®, SPHR®, SHRM-CP, and SHRM-SPC certified professionals who are looking for a way to earn credits, particularly those harder to find business credits.​


Key Benefits

  • Exclusive sessions on topics specifically designed for experienced HR professionals
  • Emphasizes practical and real-life application
  • Participants receive valuable tools, forms, policies, and reference materials
  • Half-day classes to fit your busy schedule
  • Minimizes work disruption—meets once a week for five weeks
  • Enrollment limited to facilitate hands-on learning​

Session Descriptions


HR as Strategic Partner: Your New HR Role* (November 6)

Today’s HR department must play a major part in an organization’s overall strategic objectives. To do this, HR must understand organizational objectives and align and capitalize on the talents and resources of its people to meet those objectives. This session focuses on the steps HR can take to be the organization’s strategic partner and be seen by executives as integral, indispensable partners.

* This session has met HRCI®’s criteria and is approved for SPHR® Business recertification credit.​

Compensation Planning (November 13)

In this session, attendees learn the key elements of creating an effective compensation plan with focus on design and development techniques to achieve optimal results for your company. Topics include: types of compensation, job analyses, job descriptions, job evaluations, pricing jobs and other compensation best practices.

Employment Law III (November 20)

HR professionals must navigate the ever-changing field of employment law compliance. This session focuses on the tougher areas of employment law, including advanced leave issues, tricky employee medical issues, difficult terminations, and tough harassment complaints. We will also discuss the latest legal updates and what to do if you receive a discrimination charge​.

Internal Investigations (December 4)

Harassment, employee theft, and on-the-job substance abuse are just some of the reasons companies conduct internal investigations. Good investigations can be effective in resolving workplace problems or defending against lawsuits. In this session, attendees learn when an internal investigation may be appropriate and best practices for conducting an investigation.​​

Metrics to Align HR with Your Business* (December 11)

As a true business partner, HR must have the ability to communicate with top management using hard data that aligns with an organization’s business goals. HR metrics discussed include turnover ratios, cost per hire, benefits costs, and return on investment, among others.
* This session has met HRCI®’s criteria and is approved for SPHR® Business recertification credit.​

Who Should Attend

Human resources professionals with three or more years of experience or those in a business partner or HR Manager role who wish to increase their knowledge base and gain exposure to new areas.


Employers Council HR and employment law staff

Certificate Requirements

Participants will receive a certificate of completion upon completing all five (5) sessions.​


7.50 HRCI-Business
11.25 HRCI-General
18.75 SHRM-PDC
Course ID #CERT134

Class Details

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