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Employment Law Fundamentals


Learn the basics of employment law so you can legally hire, evaluate and manage employees. You'll discover the difference between an employee and independent contractor; the basic types of employee benefits; effective hiring, evaluation and termination procedures; methods to resolve disputes; discrimination and union laws; and workplace safety rules.

You’ll gain an inside view of the law with court examples, real situations and prevention strategies that can help you effectively resolve workplace issues. We'll also cover communication techniques, negotiation strategies, and what to expect if you go to court. Offered in partnership with ed2go.


  •  Discover the difference between an employee and an independent contractor by applying the common law control test and the IRS analysis of control.
  • Learn all about employment benefit options, and identify laws that govern employee benefits, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  • Explore appropriate recruitment processes, from résumé screening through the job offer. 
  • Examine the evaluation process, including appraisals, discipline, and termination. 
  • Delve into employment disputes and their solutions through such methods as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. 
  • Learn about the litigation process used to resolve disputes in court, the EEOC process, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). 
  • Get to know the five categories protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and some actions to take to prevent discrimination. 
  • Take a deeper look into Title VII, focusing on gender discrimination, sexual harassment, the Equal Pay Act, and Pregnancy Discrimination Act. Also, gain an understanding of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 
  • Explore the process of labor organization, unfair labor practices, and labor laws. 
  • See how collective bargaining works, learn how to navigate grievance and appeal processes, and pick up some strike strategies. 
  • Discover the many issues related to workplace safety by learning about OSHA's general and specific duty provisions, workers' compensation, and violence prevention. 
  • Look into the many additional laws your business must comply with, as well as resources and strategies for helping you achieve legal compliance in all situations.


Wednesday - Lesson 01

Are all workers employees? In this lesson, you'll learn to recognize the difference between an employee and an independent contractor. This will enable you to properly classify workers so you can withhold taxes and provide benefits for true employees. We'll take a look at a real court case to see how courts decide if someone is properly classified.

Friday - Lesson 02

Do you wish you could retire to the beach with solid employment benefits, such as health insurance, retirement, sick leave, and vacation leave in place? Today, we'll look at the legal requirements relating to employment benefits. You may be surprised to learn what the law does and doesn't require! We'll also talk about the reasons companies provide benefits for their employees.

Wednesday - Lesson 03

Do you ever find yourself stuck with employees who aren't producing? This lesson will focus on ways to screen applicants for employment to keep poor employees out and find a good match between the job and skill level of an applicant. As the saying goes, it's better to have strong hiring practices than to deal with a problem employee later on.

Friday - Lesson 04

Ever wonder what to do with your employees and how to keep them effectively producing? Today we'll focus on evaluation, discipline, and termination processes. You'll learn how to tackle these tough issues without violating any laws in the process.

Wednesday - Lesson 05

If you ever have to deal with upset people at work (employee outbursts, customer complaints, or vendor concerns) then this lesson is for you! We'll talk about dispute resolution tools that will help you turn conflicts into win-win situations.

Friday - Lesson 06

Do you ever wonder what happens behind courthouse doors? Today we'll talk about the litigation process from start to finish so that you'll know what to expect if you someday find yourself in court. We'll also go over legal jargon—words like depositions and interrogatories—so that you really understand the words lawyers commonly use.

Wednesday - Lesson 07

While discrimination should be a thing of the past, prejudice still pops up in the workplace. In this lesson, we'll talk about how to comply with Title VII law, which prohibits discrimination at work. The examples and strategies we discuss will make this law easy to understand.

Friday - Lesson 08

Has anyone ever requested a special accommodation from you? Today, we'll explore what the laws are about this issue. You'll find out what your duty is regarding accommodation and learn to analyze your workplace to determine whether it's compliant.

Wednesday - Lesson 09

Suppose there's labor talk whispered in the halls of your workplace. What do you do? In this lesson, we'll discuss the legal rights of unions to organize. We'll also consider unfair labor practices that both unions and management need to watch out for.

Friday - Lesson 10

Collective bargaining, grievance and appeal, strikes—what do these things have in common? They're all processes that can occur in a union environment. Today we'll talk about how to prepare for and handle union bargaining and appeals.

Wednesday - Lesson 11

What are your obligations when it comes to keeping employees safe on the job? In this lesson, we'll focus on employee safety and reporting. You'll get Internet resources where you can look up specifics about your particular work environment.

Friday - Lesson 12

Legal compliance requires an entire corporate strategy. Today in our final lesson, we'll focus on tools, tactics, and resources you can use to create an environment of compliance in your workplace.

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