Legal Issues in Human Resource Management

Mendoza College of Business

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  • 8 weeks
  • online

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Mendoza College of Business


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Who should attend

Legal Issues in Human Resource Management is designed for individuals who are – or aspire to be – involved in the interaction and development of human resources within a nonprofit organization and need the legal knowledge to do so effectively. It is ideal for nonprofit professionals who do not formally serve in an HR position but still have occasional HR-related responsibilities. This course can also benefit nonprofit employees more generally, helping them understand how to protect their organization from legal conflicts.

About the course

This course focuses on legal issues in human resources management. It provides managers of nonprofit organizations with the legal knowledge they need to help ensure compliance with the laws and regulations governing employment relationships. After an overview of the American legal system in general, the course will cover the main areas of law affecting employment relationships. This includes discrimination law, labor law, contract law, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the principle of respondent superior. The course also reveals the variety of legal resources available to guide managers as they make employment-related decisions in the private sector.

What You’ll Learn

  • The American System of Governance
  • Employment Relationships
  • Employment Discrimination
  • How to Prevent and Defend Employment Discrimination
  • Family Medical Leave Act and Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Labor Laws
  • Tort Law and Liability
  • Additional Federal and State Laws Impacting Employment Relationships


Lesson 1 - American Legal System

  • Course Introduction
  • American System of Governance: Federalism, Supremacy Clause, and Separation of Powers
  • Legal Definitions and Classifications
  • Sources of Law
  • Role of Common Law
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Court System and Structure
  • Types of Jurisdiction
  • Federal Court Jurisdiction
  • State Court Jurisdiction
  • Court Procedures

Lesson 2 - Employment Relationships

  • Contractual Relationships
  • Employees vs. Independent Contractors
  • At-Will Employees
  • Term Employment Contracts
  • Typical Terms of Employment Contracts
  • Best Practices for Employment Contracts
  • Employment Handbooks

Lesson 3 - Employment Discrimination

  • Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes
  • Protected Classifications and Covered Employers
  • Types of Employment Discrimination Claims
  • Disparate Treatment Claims and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • Constructive Discharge Claims
  • Disparate Impact Claims
  • Retaliation Claims
  • Harassment Claims
  • Reasonable Accommodation Claims
  • Additional Antidiscrimination Laws

Lesson 4 - Employment Discrimination: Preventing and Defending

  • Methods of Proving Discrimination Claims
  • Direct Method of Proof
  • Indirect Method of Proof
  • The Role of the EEOC
  • Typical Course Proceedings for Discrimination Cases
  • Issues in Hiring
  • Issues During Employment
  • Issues in Termination

Lesson 5 - FMLA and FLSA

  • FMLA in General
  • Who Is Covered Under FMLA and FLSA?
  • Four Types of Covered Leave Under FLMA
  • Potential Issues With FMLA and FLSA
  • Compliance With and Enforcement of FMLA and FLSA
  • FLSA in General
  • Exempt Employees
  • FLSA: Job Duties Requirement
  • FLSA Compliance and Enforcement

Lesson 6 - Labor Law

  • Development of Federal Labor Law
  • Unfair Labor Practices of Employers
  • Unfair Labor Practices of Labor Organizations
  • Strikes and Pickets
  • Selection of a Collective Bargaining Representative
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Union Security Agreements and Right-to-Work Laws
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • Labor Law: Enforcement and Compliance

Lesson 7 - Tort Liability

  • Tort Law and How It Applies to Nonprofit Organizations
  • Three Classifications of Torts
  • Intentional Torts
  • Negligence
  • Strict Liability
  • Injury to Employees and Workers' Compensation
  • Direct Liability and Respondeat Superior
  • Employee vs. Independent Contractor and "Within the Scope of Employment"
  • Liability for Volunteers and Volunteer Protection Act
  • Best Practices and Risk Management for Employees and Volunteers

Lesson 8 - Additional Federal and State Laws and Capstone

  • Federalism and the Supremacy Clause
  • OSHA and Safety Concerns
  • Additional Safety Issues
  • Additional Legal Issues Concerning Employee Benefits
  • Employee Privacy
  • Additional Legal Issues in Employee Termination
  • Capstone I - Employment Practices Audit
  • Capstone II - Implementing Change

Legal Issues in Human Resource Management at Mendoza College of Business

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