Employment Law Fundamentals


Learn the basics of employment law so you can legally hire, evaluate and manage employees as a manager, supervisor, small business owner, human resource specialist, or corporate executive. This course will explain the difference between an employee and independent contractor: the basic types of employee benefits; effective hiring; evaluation, and termination procedures; methods to resolve employment disputes in and out of court; discrimination and union laws; and workplace safety rules.

You will gain an inside view of the law with court examples, real situations, and prevention strategies that prepare you to effectively resolve workplace issues. You will learn effective communication techniques, negotiation strategies, and what to expect if you do go to court. This course is a must for anyone who is (or aspires to be) a supervisor, manager, or human resources professional.

What you will learn

  • Learn the difference between an employee and an independent contractor and properly classify workers so you can withhold taxes and provide benefits for true employees
  • Learn to screen applicants effectively
  • Discover dispute resolution tools to handle disputes in the workplace
  • Learn about the litigation process and laws that affect your workplace, such as discrimination laws and special accommodation laws
  • Explore unfair labor practices that both unions and management need to watch out for
  • Learn what your obligations are to keep your employees safe and discover Internet resources where you can look up specifics about your particular work environment
  • Discover tools, tactics, and resources to create an environment of compliance in your workplace

How you will benefit

  • Know how to effectively screen applicants and develop strong hiring practices
  • Be ready to resolve any type of conflict and turn it into a win-win situation
  • Be familiar with laws that govern a safe, fair, and compliant workplace for your employees



Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • This course is based on U.S. Employment Laws and is not suitable for other areas.


There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Ann Nevers holds a law degree and a master's in health law. She works in dispute resolution for business, employment, and health care and regularly teaches courses in these areas. She has published numerous academic articles, edited legal manuals, and written chapters on employment, dispute resolution, and health care topics.

I've been in business on my own for 20 years. There was a lot of great information and web links supplied that really helped me to revise and update our own employment manuals. The short stories of real cases also helped me to understand more technical issues from a better perspective. This course did teach an old dog new tricks!

Registration Options

May 12 2021
June 16 2021
July 14 2021
August 18 2021

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