Fundamental Employment Laws

24 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

Are you needing to understand how the federal employment laws affect your workplace? This course is designed to introduce you to the most impactful federal employment laws.  By understanding the basics of employment law, you should become better equipped to hire, evaluate, and manage employees. This course presents an insight into discrimination laws, employee benefits, methods to resolve employment disputes, and common workplace safety rules. Knowing the federal employment laws is a must for any supervisor, entrepreneur, manager, or human resources professional.

Students will:
  • Understand what laws your company must follow.
  • Learn about employment benefits.
  • Master employment disputes
  • Educate yourself on Discrimination and Title VII
  • Focus on employee safety.
  • Make certain you are in compliance.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1.  Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a law that protects people with disabilities. This section of our class only concerns the ADA's employment provisions.

Lesson 2.  Employment Benefits

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) enables employees to continue health care coverage under the employee's group plan after an event has occurred which would normally end the available coverage. So, if an employee is laid off or terminated, COBRA is an available option, however the employee must pay the full premium and COBRA is only available for a limited time.

Lesson 3.  Establishing the Right Hiring Practices

This Lesson focuses on hiring practices and the laws that you will need to understand in order to adhere to fair hiring procedures. We will discuss equal pay laws, fair credit reporting laws, and immigration reform laws.

Lesson 4. Statutes of Fairness

Welcome to Lesson 4! In this section, we will focus on laws that serve to promote fairness in the workplace. We will discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. 

Lesson 5.  Resolving Conflicts

Welcome to Lesson 5! In this lesson, we will review statutes of fairness. You will read Chapters 4, 19, and 20. We will cover the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act in this lesson.

Lesson 6. Labor Laws

In this lesson, you will learn all about labor laws. Please read Chapters 7 and 11 carefully. The Fair Labor Standards Act regulates wages and hours, while the National Labor Relations Act establishes what unions and management can and can't do in dealings with each other and with individual employees.

Lesson 7. Discrimination and Title VII

In this lesson, you will read Chapters 15 and 18. Focusing on two discrimination laws, we will review how individuals are protected.

Lesson 8.  Discrimination Continued

Welcome to Lesson 8! In this chapter, we will review two discrimination laws, namely the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act prohibits age discrimination against employees and applicants age 40 or older. The Older Workers Benefit Protection Act provides guidance to courts that have to decide whether the benefits employers offered to older workers are equal to the benefits offered to younger workers.

Lesson 9. Workplace Safety

Welcome to Lesson 9! In this lesson, we will cover the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH). The Occupational Safety and Health Act ensures safe working conditions for all American Workers. There are four important provisions to understand when reading this chapter, Compliance, Safety, Inspection, and Employee Rights.

Lesson 10. Tools for Compliance

Welcome to Lesson 10! Lesson 10 covers the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. This act was passed in 1996 as part of President Clinton's welfare reform effort.  The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act enlists employers to help parents collect child support.

Lesson 11. Sarbanes-Oxley Act

Welcome to Lesson 11! In this lesson, we will review the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, also known as SOX, was written to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures. This law imposes strict rules on publicly traded companies in the area of accounting. Additionally, SOX provides whistleblower protection for employees to protect them against retaliation if they provide information about shareholder fraud.

Lesson 12. It’s a Wrap!

We covered a great deal of material, so now it is time to create a quick reference guide for you to keep as you work each day. We will also review some tips and tricks to help with your performance on the Final Exam.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**