HR Competencies

• HR Expertise


This class provides participants with a practical understanding of complex employment law issues that managers and supervisors must have to effectively supervise employees. Managers and super- visors are on the “front line” of an employer’s liability and defense. Courts have stated that failing to train managers and supervisors on basic employment law issues is an “extraordinary mistake.” Often, issues arise that have both legal and management consequences. This popular full-day class provides front-line managers and supervisors with the knowledge they need to recognize when a situation presents potential legal issues, and provides a hands-on application of employment law principles to workplace situations. Managers and supervisors will gain an understanding of how to supervise employees inside legal boundaries, when HR should be involved, and how their actions (or inaction) could lead to liability.


Liability Overview

  • Business costs
  • Personal liability
  • How employers are faring in court


  • Employment at-will doctrine
  • Wrongful discharge
  • What you say and do can create an implied employment contract

Interviewing and Selection

  • Job interviews—don’t ask that question
  • Applicant disclosures

Civil Rights

  • Employment discrimination laws including pregnancy accommodation laws, where applicable
  • Preventing sexual and other harassment—why supervisors are held to a higher standard
  • ADA—what a request for accommodation sounds like
  • Retaliation

State Laws

  • Defamation
  • Negligence
  • Privacy
  • Off-duty, off-premises activity, where applicable

Medical and Safety Issues

  • FMLA—what you need to know
  • Seeking medical information
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Drugs and alcohol

Pay Practices

  • FLSA overview
  • Common wage and hour violations made by managers

Separation and Discharge

  • RIFs
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Employment references

Who Should Attend

Front line managers and supervisors


Employers Council staff attorney


Great on-site! 



0.65 Continuing Education Units
6.00 HRCI-General
Course ID #LEGL128

Class Details

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