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Legal Issues in Human Resource Management Syllabus


Lecture # Subject Title
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 1: American Legal System
1 Course Introduction
2 American System of Governance: Federalism, Supremacy Clause, and Separation of Powers
3 Legal Definitions and Classificationss
4 Sources of Law
5 Role of Common Law
6 Governmental Agencies
7 Court System and Structure
8 Types of Jurisdiction
9 Federal Court Jurisdiction
10 State Court Jurisdiction
11 Court Procedures
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 2: Employment Relationships
12 Contractual Relationships
13 Employees vs. Independent Contractors
14 At-Will Employees
15 Term Employment Contracts
16 Typical Terms of Employment Contracts
17 Best Practices for Employment Contracts
18 Employment Handbooks
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 3: Employment Discrimination
19 Federal Anti-Discrimination Statutes
20 Protected Classifications and Covered Employers
21 Types of Employment Discrimination Claims
22 Disparate Treatment Claims and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
23 Constructive Discharge Claims
24 Disparate Impact Claims
25 Retaliation Claims
26 Harassment Claims
27 Reasonable Accommodation Claims
28 Additional Antidiscrimination Laws
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 4: Employment Discrimination: Preventing and Defending
29 Methods of Proving Discrimination Claims
30 Direct Method of Proof
31 Indirect Method of Proof
32 The Role of the EEOC
33 Typical Course Proceedings for Discrimination Cases
34 Issues in Hiring
35 Issues During Employment
36 Issues in Termination
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 5: FMLA and FLSA
37 FMLA in General
38 Who Is Covered Under FMLA and FLSA?
39 Four Types of Covered Leave Under FLMA
40 Potential Issues With FMLA and FLSA
41 Compliance With and Enforcement of FMLA and FLSA
42 FLSA in General
43 Exempt Employees
44 FLSA: Job Duties Requirement
45 FLSA Compliance and Enforcement
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 6: Labor Law
46 Development of Federal Labor Law
47  Unfair Labor Practices of Employers
48 Unfair Labor Practices of Labor Organizations
49 Strikes and Pickets
50 Selection of a Collective Bargaining Representative
51 Collective Bargaining
52 Union Security Agreements and Right-to-Work Laws
53 National Labor Relations Board
54 Labor Law: Enforcement and Compliance
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 7: Tort Liability
55 Tort Law and How It Applies to Nonprofit Organizations
56 Three Classifications of Torts
57 Intentional Torts
58 Negligence
59 Strict Liability
60 Injury to Employees and Workers' Compensation
61 Direct Liability and Respondeat Superior
62 Employee vs. Independent Contractor and "Within the Scope of Employment"
63  Liability for Volunteers and Volunteer Protection Act
64 Best Practices and Risk Management for Employees and Volunteers
Presenters: Margot O’Brien Cleveland, BS, CPA, JD
Week 8: Additional Federal and State Laws and Capstone
65 Federalism and the Supremacy Clause
66 OSHA and Safety Concerns
67 Additional Safety Issues
68 Additional Legal Issues Concerning Employee Benefits
69 Employee Privacy
70 Additional Legal Issues in Employee Termination
71 Capstone I - Employment Practices Audit
72 Capstone II - Implementing Change