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Advanced HR & Compliance

There are few business structures as important yet misunderstood as an HR department. HR groups vary widely from company to company, from a fully staffed semi-autonomous department to one owner or employee at a smaller business. Regardless of its size, an HR department is an indispensable resource for owners and employees alike. This course charts the fundamental responsibilities and services a Human Resources department should handle.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand HR foundations and fundamentals, including hiring, payroll, benefits, employee training, policy implementation, job descriptions, safety procedures, employment posters, personnel files, performance evaluations, diversity initiatives, personal complaints, and harassment procedures
2. Understand common HR mistakes and missed opportunities through practical case studies, when possible
3. Create an employee handbook content checklist, covering topics like:

a. Company introduction – mission statement, values, goals, and hierarchy
b. Employment policies – schedules, pay structure, reporting, and job descriptions
c. Benefits – medical, disability, unemployment insurance, and workers compensation
d. Employee leave – paid, parental, holiday, sick time, and vacation
e. Conduct – digital and social media, phones, substance use (tobacco, alcohol, and others), termination/resignation, and dress codes
4. Gain knowledge of employee handbook auditing, updating, and dissemination (this portion connects to the Policies and Procedures course)