• Online, Self-Paced
Course Description

The HR practitioner must continuously maintain a working level of knowledge regarding laws and regulatory standards that impact the organization's relationship with its employees and that serve to protect the interests of both parties. Organizational noncompliance may lead to financial penalties and other indirect costs, such as reputational impacts. In this course, you'll learn about a number of federal laws and standards and their amendments, covering areas of compensation, employment, health and safety, employee relations, and employee protection. The course contents are based on the Body of Competency and Knowledge (BoCK), 2015 of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). While the course helps learners to prepare for the SHRM-CP/SCP certification exams, it is equally useful for HR professionals who want to improve their effectiveness in the workplace and advance their careers.

Learning Objectives

HR and Regulatory Environment in the US

  • define key legislative and regulatory terms
  • recognize steps in an HR compliance audit
  • describe HR's relationship with legal counsel in preventing, preparing for, and acting on litigation
  • identify steps to conduct an effective investigation
  • demonstrate your understanding of HR's role in legislative and regulatory practice and process

Compensation and Employment Laws

  • recognize the reach of the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • recognize amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • describe the enforcement and jurisdiction of ERISA
  • describe coverage and compliance under COBRA
  • identify the basic leave entitlement provisions of FMLA
  • describe the provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • identify key Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provisions
  • demonstrate your understanding of the range of compensation and employment laws

Safety and Health Regulations

  • identify the key objectives of the Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • describe key OSHA standards and their requirements
  • identify the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act
  • demonstrate your understanding of how health and safety regulations are applied in the workplace

Employee Relations and Protection Laws

  • identify the rights the National Labor Relations Act was designed to enforce
  • identify the Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements
  • describe the Immigration Reform and Control Act, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, and Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
  • demonstrate your understanding of how employee relations and protection laws apply in the workplace

Framework Connections

The materials within this course focus on the Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs) identified within the Specialty Areas listed below. Click to view Specialty Area details within the interactive National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.