Employment Law Master Class

A to Z legal training for HR professionals


The Supreme Court’s 2024 term has vastly altered the employment law landscape for human resource professionals. Rulings on what employees must prove to win jury awards, along with new standards making it easier for whistleblowers to prove retaliation, have even the best lawyers scrambling to keep up. Last term, we entered uncharted territory on affirmative action programs, religious accommodations and worker freedom to exercise veto power over assigned tasks. The repercussions are still hitting today. 

It’s not just up to legal professionals to navigate these tricky employment issues. HR professionals need to comply with sweeping changes at the federal level to overtime rules and exempt status, pregnancy accommodations, leave and nursing break laws, I-9 documentation, unionization and handbook policies. Plus, your efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion are under attack. And non-compete agreements are now banned.

This storm of new regulations has sparked countless labor law challenges and legal issues for companies. And don’t forget you still must administer leave, recruit to fill vacancies, discipline employees, prevent harassment and stay on top of trends like using AI legally. 

The difference between legal counsel and human resource management has never been murkier. That’s why it’s essential that you keep yourself and your team in the know on the fundamentals and apprised of recent changes.

You might wonder how HR managers can keep up without a law degree. That’s why we’re here to help. The Employment Law Master Class is a half-day, attorney-led training session that will review the most important HR laws, explain changes and prepare your department to comply with ever-changing rules.

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You’ll even have the opportunity to get your questions answered by an employment law expert. At the end of this advanced session for HR practitioners, you’ll be confident and ready to tackle the legal requirements and tricky issues before you. 

The gem of this training is the Employer’s Practical Legal Guide, a comprehensive legal manual crafted specifically for HR. Attorney and educator Anniken Davenport will highlight the newly updated manual, explaining changes so you can update your policies and ensure compliance.

Every attendee will receive a copy before the training begins. With more than 80 checklists and self-audit questionnaires, you’ll be able to target your company’s weak spots — and correct them before you end up in court.

Workshop Instructor

Direct Access to Your Instructor

Each session includes dedicated Q&A discussion time, plus you can contact Anniken throughout the program with your own specific questions.

Anniken Davenport is an attorney and a well-known author and speaker on employment law issues. She is the editor of the HR Specialist: Employment Law newsletter series and has authored several books, including The FMLA Compliance Guide, Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and the Employer’s Practical Legal Guide. She is the co-author of Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College.

Conference Agenda


  • PART 1: Recruiting, screening, and hiring

    • Learn all about how and where to recruit the best candidates for open positions
    • Restrictions on what you can ask and when
    • Making reasonable accommodations during hiring
    • How to perform legal background and social media checks
    • To use or not to use AI in hiring and screening
    • Completing the I-9 process for on-site and remote workers
    • Making the offer, setting salary legally
  • PART 2: Federal anti-discrimination and leave laws

    • Title VII race, color, religion, national origin, and sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity
    • Sexual harassment and other harassment based on protected status — how to prevent harassment and how to stop it before it’s too late now that the EEOC has issued new guidance
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA) and making reasonable accommodations, including when you can turn down a request
    • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
    • The Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the just-enacted Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
    • The Equal Pay Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and why decisions from decades ago can mean litigation today
    • Religious reasonable accommodations in light of the big Supreme Court decision and when you can safely turn down a request
    • Status of DEI programs in light of recent Supreme Court decisions
    • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), when you can turn down leave requests, and when you must approve
    • USERRA and discrimination based on military status
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  • PART 3: Discipline, discharge and RIFs

    • Handbooks and discipline, including must-have rules for discipline and behavior
    • Progressive discipline that’s fairly applied
    • Discharge decisions that are fair, legal, and defensible
    • Reorganizations that don’t discriminate or disparately impact protected workers
    • Reductions in force (RIF) decisions that stick
    • WARN Act and mass closing requirements
  • PART 4: The FLSA, exempt status, and overtime

    • Basic rules for minimum wage, hours worked, and overtime pay
    • Classifying workers as exempt from overtime based on solid job descriptions
    • Protecting exempt status with clear duties and proper salary payments now that the DOL has raised the minimum salary
    • Properly classifying workers as independent contractors, not employees, under the brand new DOL regulations
  • PART 5: Unions, the NLRA, and workplace rules

    • The NLRA and who is covered
    • Unionization and what to do if your employees want an election — and what definitely not to do
    • How the NLRA applies to non-union workplaces, too
    • The NLRB and unfair labor practices — these include behavior you probably wouldn’t tolerate otherwise
    • The NLRB and handbook rules on behavior and social media
    • OSHA and workplace safety, including drug and alcohol use, heat and other hazards, and potential violence
    • Whistleblower protections for workers who report wrongdoing
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All attendees will receive:

Employer’s Practical Legal Guide

A comprehensive legal manual crafted specifically for HR so you can update your policies and ensure compliance. Every attendee will receive a copy before the training begins.

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