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Designed for non-lawyers, this course will provide business owners, managers, supervisors, and HR professionals with a roadmap for effectively handling complicated employee-related issues that affect today’s legal-prone work environment.   Each class contains guidelines, step-by-step compliance instructions, and practical leadership skills, methods, and techniques proven strategies for successfully managing employees and for complying with state and federal workplace laws.

One month, Lupe McElroy, instructor


Unit 1
Workplace Law Compliance
  • HR/Employer Recordkeeping Requirements. 
  • Company Policies and Handbooks (What Works for You and Against in Court).
  • Understanding Federal Mandated Leave-of-Absence Laws (Guidelines, Forms, Policies & Tracking).
  • Legal Guidelines for Layoffs, Downsizing/Restructuring, Handling Unemployment Claims  & Employee Recall Rights.
  • Joint (Dual) Employer Liability (Does It Apply to Your Workplace)?
Unit 2
Supervisors & The Law
  • How to Legally Track, Document & Discipline Employees.
  • How to Effectively Handle Employee Absenteeism & Punctuality Issues.
  • How to Handle Disgruntled & Bad-Attitude Employees without the Fear of Threats or Lawsuits.
  • Preventing Supervisor Liability (Employee Confidentiality/Privacy Issues, Discrimination, Retaliation, Bullying & Harassment).
Unit 3
Handling Employee Grievances and Complaints
  • Understanding the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Process. 
  • Legal “Do’s & Don’ts” for Handling Employee Grievances.
  • How to Develop an Effective Internal Dispute Resolution Policy/Procedure.
  • EEOC Guidelines for Conducting Workplace Investigations.
Unit 4
Selecting, Interviewing and Hiring the Best People
  • Guidelines for Pre-Screening Job Candidates.
  • How to Legally/Effectively Get Candidates to Talk About Reprimands, Previous Employers & Terminations.
  • Developing Excellent Interviewing Skills (Legal “Do’s & Don’ts”).
  • How to Catch Resume Fraud, Fakes, & Liars.
  • Guidelines for Legally Extending & Retracting Job Offers.
  • How to Deal with Bad Hiring Mistakes-Legally & Without Fear of Retaliation

Question MarkAbout online learning

Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends.  It’s easy. It’s fun. 

GearsHow the Course Works

It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom.  You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.

Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.

CalendarParticipate when you want

You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.

ChecklistWhat you will do

For each Unit, you will:

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.

Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.

We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.

It’s easy. It’s fun.

Next offering(s):
July 6 - 31 Add to Cart

$195.00 USD
$195 USD
Ave. hours 16; 1.6 CEUs/ILUs

About Your Instructor

Lupe McElroy is a specialist with over 25 years of experience in the field of human resources and workplace law compliance.  She owns & manages LTM Associates, a Human Resources Consulting & Training firm, in Southern CA., specializing in Workplace Law Compliance, Employee Problem Resolution, Interview & Hiring Practices, At-Will Employment Practices, Workplace Safety, Workers Compensation, and Leadership Training/Development.
   Ms. McElroy has been teaching HR focused, leadership enhancement, and workplace law compliance classes for over 8-years. Her classes are highly interactive, interesting & fun, while providing students with valuable information and leadership skills that promote positive results in today’s hectic work environment.
Course Objectives
1.      To provide those in the workplace with knowledge, education, and insight on how to protect their company from potential workplace liability issues in today’s diverse and legal-prone work environment.
2.      To help students learn basic fundamentals of workplace law compliance (understanding the doctrine of employment-at-will doctrine, how to effectively develop/implement company policies that will stand up in court, & what HR forms, policies, and record-keeping requirements employers are mandated to have, and how to prevent employee-related threats and lawsuits).
3.      To assist students to acquire a comprehensive understanding of mandated leave-of-absence laws, how to determine leave eligibility, when legally track & document the leave, and how to effectively handle employee absenteeism and punctuality issues related the employee’s serious/chronic medical condition.
4.      To give students the knowledge to acquire comprehensive dispute/resolution skill, including tips and techniques for handling sensitive and difficult employee meetings in the areas of hiring, firing, employee discipline, leave-of-absence mandates, effective communication, and the proper handling of employee grievances.
5.      To give students the learning for excellent interview skills and guidelines, how to catch resume fraud, how to legally extend and retract job offers, and legal alternatives for dealing with bad hiring mistakes without fear of retaliation.
Course Outcomes
1.      To provide those in the workplace with knowledge, leadership skills, and legal guidelines to help them successfully structure and manage the “people side” of their business. 
2.      To provide employers with key leadership skills, methods, and techniques to help them better manage and handle employee-related issues, problems & concerns.
3.      To give students the knowledge and insight on how to protect their company from employee-related potential workplace liability issues.
4.      To provide leadership skills that can promote positive employee morale, organizational success and profits.  
5.      To provide ready-to-use action plans for successfully managing the most difficult employee meetings and for effectively dealing with difficult-personality employees and potential legal issues.
Completion Requirements