HR Competencies

  • HR Expertise


This in-depth one-week training program in employment law provides human resources professionals with confidence in their ability to manage employment law issues and recognize legal pitfalls in the workplace. The class structure allows participants to interact with each other and discuss how different laws overlap and affect their organization’s employment practices. This comprehensive format is especially beneficial to professionals beginning, or returning to, their human resource careers. The week-long format makes it especially attractive to Employers Council members who live outside the Denver metropolitan area.

Who Should Attend

Human resources professionals, managers, and supervisors

Certificate Requirements

Participants will receive their Certificate upon completing the program. Certificates will not be earned if a participant misses more than 10% of the program content.

Program Sessions

Identifying and Minimizing the Risks to Employment-at-Will (Monday)

This session explores the concept of employment-at-will and its significance in today's workplace. The major exceptions to employment at-will, which constitute the law of wrongful discharge, are analyzed. The session examines and practices defensive strategies for employers, including progressive discipline and documentation skills.


Discrimination in the Workplace: The Law of EEO (Tuesday)

This session addresses the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity law, especially Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sexual harassment, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. This session explores claims related to traditional protected statuses, as well as evolving areas of civil rights in employment, such as genetic information and sexual orientation. This session also addresses the most prevalent claims brought against organizations: retaliation claims.


Managing Medical Issues in the Workplace (Wednesday)

This session addresses the most difficult compliance arena for HR professionals in today's workplace. The session continues with an examination of the Americans with Disabilities Act and explores the complexities of the Family and Medical Leave Act and how both of these laws interact with state workers' compensation law.


Employment Law Pitfalls (Thursday)

While wrongful discharge and discrimination lawsuits grab the limelight, there are numerous employment laws that can present additional difficulties for employers. This class addresses some of the lesser-known but important areas such as wage and hour law, immigration, OSHA, NLRA, social media, and unemployment compensation.


State Law Concerns (Friday)

The last session of the week focuses on state law claims and several of the current issues in employment law, including drug and alcohol policies and workplace violence. The week-long program concludes in the afternoon with a fun, interactive review of employment law concepts and their applicability to workplace scenarios.​



3.50 Continuing Education Units
Course ID #CERT101

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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