The HR Manager Certification Training Program: Mastering the Fundamentals, in five 90-minute sessions, offers comprehensive human resources training aimed at helping those new to HR or those lacking in formal HR training a way to understand many of the complexities of HR in order to better protect your organization from potential legal liability. Each session focuses on a key human resources area where you may be exposing your employer to unwanted employee-related risks.
- Session 1: Overview and Hiring: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
- Session 2: Preventing Sexual and Unlawful Harassment and Conducting Investigations
- Session 3: Leaves of Absence
- Session 4: FLSA and Wage and Hour Issues
- Session 5: Performance Management and Terminations
Plus! Question and Answer period following each session
If you are unable to attend any of the live sessions on the days that have been scheduled you may utilize the equivalent download(s). You may begin the program with any of the scheduled live webinars via download for any or all sessions. Upon completion of all sessions you may request a final exam. Upon passing the final exam you will have earned the designation of Human Resources Certified Manager (HRCM) by HRWebAdvisor, a division of DKG Media, LP. To help demonstrate your professional training, content mastery, and advancement in the HR sector, we will send you a certificate for display.
The cost for the program is $1495. Registration includes all 5 sessions, downloads, all course materials and tests. There is a second year continuing education certification requirement which includes attendance at two additional webinars or listening to the equivalent downloads. Recertification in the third year is required in order to maintain certification, and the costs for recertification and will be billed separately prior to the start of your third year.
HR can be complicated and touches many areas of your company’s day-to-day operations. Failure to follow the appropriate laws or protocols can risk exposure for your entire staff and structure. Even if you are comfortable with the laws and best practices, there are myriad complexities and loopholes even the experts sometimes miss. It is critical to demonstrate competency to your employer and colleagues! The HR Manager Certification Training Program: Mastering the Fundamentals offers an efficient and comprehensive way to master everything you need to know about HR from a legal perspective in just one week. It will help you perform better at your job and earn respect as an HR leader.
WHAT THE CERTIFICATION PROGRAM WILL COVER
Here is a sampling of what each session will cover:
Session 1: Overview and Hiring: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls
This session will cover important topics such as how to understand the hiring process and legal pitfalls that might trip you up along the way, including avoidance of discriminatory practices.
- What you need on an employment application
- Interviews/pre-employment inquiries
- Background checks and compliance with FCRA
- EEOC position on refusal to hire based on prior convictions
- Offer letters
- Job descriptions
- I-9 forms
- At will employment and avoiding implied contracts
- Exempt vs. non-exempt classifications
- Avoiding GINA issues in pre-employment physicals
Session 2: Preventing Sexual and Unlawful Harassment and Conducting Investigations
This session covers preventing sexual and unlawful harassment in the workplace and how to properly conduct a sexual harassment investigation that will protect your organization from potential liability.
- Failure to provide sexual and unlawful harassment training annually
- Not updating your Anti-Harassment Policy
- Failure to distribute Anti-Harassment Policy to entire workplace
- Not undertaking an investigation if the complainant decides they do not want to
- Taking too long to start an investigation when an employee has complained of harassment
- Failing to take prompt corrective action if allegations of complainant are substantiated during investigation
- Not adequately protecting “confidentiality”
- Not ensuring that complainants and witnesses are adequately protected from any retaliation
- Failing to advise both the Complainant and the accused of the results of the investigation
- Discussion of case law in which organizations have “gotten it wrong”
- Effective investigations to demonstrate you have exercised “reasonable care” and can assert the Faragher-Ellerth affirmative defense
- How to conduct an effective harassment investigation
- Best practices for assessing credibility
- Understand how to draft the investigation report
Session 3: Leaves of Absence
This session will clarify the many leave laws such as the ADA/ADAAA, FMLA and Worker’s Compensation and the integration of each. Leave of absences is one of the most difficult areas of HR, and understanding the various laws can be difficult at best.
- Overview of HR’s responsibilities to ensure compliance with the FMLA
- Methods to ensure employees taking FMLA leave are eligible and are taking leave for an FMLA-qualifying reason
- Checklist and Step-by-Step guide to help ensure FMLA compliance from start to finish
- How to ensure you best understand FMLA legal definitions including the definition of a serious health condition
- Best practices for applying the legal definitions of the FMLA when approving FMLA leave
- Who is a parent, spouse and child under the FMLA?
- Methods for counting the 12-Month Period
- What you can and cannot do with regard to Medical Certifications and requesting recertifications
- Understanding FMLA Intermittent and Reduced Schedule Leave
- Your legal obligation to reinstate employee to the same or an equivalent position at end of leave
- Recommendations for how to create a legally compliant FMLA Policy that will best prevent future legal liability
- Summary of recent cases focusing on the interactive process under the ADA
- An employer’s obligation to engage in the interactive process
- Find out when it’s safe to not engage in the interactive process
- Understand the steps to follow when engaging in the interactive process
- Learn how to deal with uncooperative employees who try to delay or derail the interactive process
- See for how long you must continue the interactive process
- Discover how many times you must try alternative accommodations
- Whether worker’s comp entitles the employee to a leave of absence or just compensation for the injury
- How to navigate through the leave laws
- Review actual examples of how to engage in the interactive process
Session 4: FLSA and Wage and Hour Issues
This session will cover proper classification, compensable time, use of devices at home, and even time spent booting up a computer. Understanding the major FLSA issues can trip you up big time!
- How to avoid misclassification of non-exempt employees as exempt
- How to avoid misclassification of employees as independent contractors
- What is compensable time?
- Understanding obligations for payment of overtime for hours spent on smart phones after hours
- Booting up or down computers as compensable time
- Methods for avoiding legal issues regarding student interns
- Understanding when you can use volunteers and not pay them
- Understanding overtime calculations
Session 5: Performance Management and Terminations
This session will explore performance management and how to ensure that you are protected when terminating employees. Learn how to protect your organization from discrimination claims and how to manage performance better throughout the year to be able to substantiate the performance-related reasons why an employee was let go.
- Dos and Don’ts for documenting performance
- How to create effective documentation to establish a legal defense in court
- Important information to understand prior to drafting your next performance review
- Legal issues that can trip up managers and cause potential legal liability
- Progressive Discipline and how to effectively use it to your advantage
- How to link the performance review to well drafted job descriptions
- How to ensure that you will be able to terminate the employee for performance-related reasons and avoid discrimination claims
Each session will be followed by a 15-20 minute Q&A session.
Final Exam Available Upon Request
SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS
The HR Manager Certification Training Program: Mastering the Fundamentals consists of five live webinars supplemented by study and reference materials. If you are unable to attend all five live sessions, or you wish to review sessions that you attended, you may utilize the downloads. After completing the five sessions and passing the final certification exam within two months of finishing the course requirements, you will receive your certification from HRWebAdvisor. This will certify that you have successfully completed all of the course requirements, passed the final examination and have been certified by HRWebAdvisor as a Human Resources Certified Manager (HRCM).
Recertification in the third year is required in order to maintain certification after the first two years and the costs for recertification, training and testing will be billed separately prior to the start of your third year.
Certification is for a two-year period from the date you pass the final exam. You have the option to recertify upon the conclusion of the two-year period. Recertification in the third year is required to maintain certification. Continuing education is required to recertify. This requirement can be fulfilled by attending additional designated webinars or listening to the equivalent downloads. Costs for recertification and continuing education will be billed separately.
HR managers who complete this program earn the prestigious credential of HRCM, Human Resources Certified Manager, awarded by HRWebAdvisor, a division of CareerLearning.
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