This highly-rated program provides participants with a broad-based overview of critical HR functions, updates on the latest HR trends and legal developments, and best practice tips. It is a great compliment to the Human Resource Management Program: Advanced HR Competencies.

 Key Benefits

  • Emphasizes practical and real life application
  • Participants receive valuable tools, forms, policies, and reference materials
  • Half-day class 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 Essentials - August 4

This introduction to HR provides a bird's-eye view of HR responsibilities and the role HR plays in an organization with a focus on effective hiring and onboarding practices and how to handle terminations. It also addresses key responsibilities such as recordkeeping, personnel files, employee handbooks, and posting requirements.

Employment Law I - August 11

Human resources professionals must have an understanding of many employment laws. This session provides an overview of key discrimination laws, illegal harassment, immigration laws, and employee rights in the workplace. Participants receive practical information and best practice tips to help their organization stay in compliance.

Employment Law II - August 18

This session continues our employment law discussion by covering the fundamentals and recent developments of wage and hour laws (FLSA), garnishments, drug and alcohol testing, Workers' Compensation, and tricky leave laws such as FMLA, ADA, and USERRA. Tools and best practice tips will be shared.

Performance Management and Employee Development - August 25

One of HR’s greatest contributions in every organization is providing feedback and setting goals to motivate and engage employees to perform at their best. This session gives you the tools to address performance problems, develop and administer performance evaluations, recognize star performers, and set goals to motivate and develop employees.

Payroll and Benefits Administration - September 1

HR plays a key role in ensuring employees are paid properly and supporting employee benefits. This session provides participants with a sound understanding of payroll best practices, key payroll rules, benefit plan administration, Total Rewards statements, COBRA administration, and an overview of the Affordable Care Act. Participants also receive best practice tips on how to support employee benefits and add value.​

Who Should Attend

New human resources professionals with less than three years of experience and other professionals who handle HR as a secondary function.


Employers Council HR and employment law staff

Certificate Requirements

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


Course ID #CERT135

Class Details

There are no scheduled instances of this class for the remainder of the year. Check out our new course catalog this fall, or click below to explore onsite options.

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