This course explores the core legal doctrines that govern the relationship between employers and their employees. Topics covered include the employment at-will doctrine and its contract and tort-based limitations, employee harassment, the definitions of “employee” and “employer,” antidiscrimination protections, health and familial leave protections, diversity, wage and hour laws, employee privacy, and liability and litigation risk management. The materials throughout this course focus on application of legal concepts to real-world circumstances and the role of the human resources professional in addressing legal compliance and reducing legal risks.
Upon completion of this Human Resource law certificate program, you will be able to:
- Describe the employment at-will doctrine and its principal common-law and tort-based limitations
- Appreciate the definitions of “employee” and “employer” and the corresponding coverage limitations on employment protections
- Summarize key sources of employee protections and rights
- Identify situations in which important employee protections – including antidiscrimination, leave, and wage and hour protections – may be implicated in employment decisions
- Analyze potential legal claims and defenses arising in an array of work-related circumstances
- Apply risk-management strategies to address or reduce potential legal risks
- Articulate the role of human resources professionals in complying with employment-law mandates
- Recognize situations in which professional legal advice is necessary and communicate effectively with professional legal counsel
The Core Legal Issues in the Workplace certificate program can be completed in just 8 weeks. Human Resource law coursework must be completed in the sequence in which it is offered. You should plan to spend about 6-8 hours per week on online coursework, including reading assignments, research and writing projects, and online discussions.