Finally, a class designed for small businesses on the complicated topic of human resources management. This workshop covers regulatory compliance issues and establishing policies and procedures. It also touches on the soft skills needed to effectively manage people.
This workshop is presented in five modules that run two to three hours each. Here's what you'll learn:
- Ethics and liability management
You will learn the guiding principles of business ethics and how they apply to your business. This includes the importance of developing a Personnel Policy Manual and Employee Handbook. You will understand how training managers and supervisors is critical to liability management. Other topics include establishing a positive work environment, managing workplace discrimination, substance abuse, harassment and violence. The topic of employee termination through the use of progressive discipline is covered. You will learn the distinctions between employee groups and the importance of Employment Practices Liability Insurance.
- Recruitment and selection
Key features for job descriptions are analyzed in order to establish effective methods of candidate sourcing. Managing employer risk during the selection process from initial review to final selection, when employment testing is appropriate, issues around drug and alcohol testing are all covered in this module. You will also learn the mandatory periods you must keep employment records.
- Compensation and employee retention
You will learn the importance of developing a job analysis and classification program in order to design a compensation plan. By defining job descriptions, you can then define positions so they can be compared both internally and externally for fair and equitable job pricing. Recent wage and salary survey data are provided. Strategies for other types of compensation such as profit sharing, commissions, and executive compensation are covered. You will learn how to use employment management to enhance employee performance and reduce employer risk, improve retention and develop innovative compensation strategies.
- Managing employee benefits and payroll
Health care is one of the biggest challenges to small businesses. In this module you will learn about viable health care options that include typical options for dental, vision, prescription drug plans, short and long-term disability plans, employee assistance programs and life insurance. Qualified retirement programs, particularly SEPs and SIMPLEs will be covered. Tips on controlling health care costs and managing employer liability are provided. There will be discussions on payroll issues include the basics of managing payroll and tips on outsourcing this task. You will also learn federal and state tax requirement, required forms needed, and your responsibility in maintaining records.
- Government compliance - for all employers
This session will cover government compliance requirements for all employers. You will be presented lessons learned from recent employment related court cases. Topics covered include requirements related to minimum wages, overtime pay, employment of children, hours worked, equal pay, HIPAA privacy rules, Form I-9, required federal and state posters and employment security for military service. You will receive tips on controlling rampant workers' compensation costs.
Discussions are facilitated by business counselors who will help you examine your individual situation, explore opportunities and discover new ideas. You'll learn from other participants and have a host of valuable resources available to you.
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