Understanding Employment Law: Everything Leaders Need to Know but Were Afraid to Ask


In today’s very litigious world, every organization should be concerned about something that can cost a company or organization lots of time and money- and that is legal issues that are caused by leaders and managers who are not educated about employment law. This program is designed to give managers and leaders a comprehensive overview about what they need to know about employment law, including what they should do and more importantly- what they should never do.


  • To learn and understand the law and employment rights.

  • To learn and understand the legal obligations of those in a leadership role

  • To understand harassment and how it is defined

  • To understand the law as it relates to pay benefits and hiring

  • To learn and understand performance management legalities

  • To learn and apply leadership skills as it relates to handling employee conflict

Program Outline:

The Great Employment Law Quiz

In the opening exercise of this program, we have each participant complete an employment law quiz which is a short questionnaire which contains 20 questions that are answered in a true -false format. Once they score the quiz, most leaders are shocked to learn that they do not know nearly as much about employment law is they think they do. This makes them much more motivated to learn more in the class.

The Alphabet Soup of Employment Law

In this segment of the program, we cover everything from Title VII, ADA, ADAE, USERRA, PDA, and more. Many leaders are confused by the complexity of the laws about discrimination disabilities, age discrimination, reemployment veterans, and pregnancy discrimination. During this portion of the program many leaders discover that they were blissfully unaware of many of these parts of federal law. By giving them the awareness that are less likely to make costly mistakes.

Sexual Harassment Awareness and Prevention

In this part of the program we talk about one of the most controversial intense topics of all in employment law- which is sexual harassment prevention. Because leaders are on the front lines every day at work, it’s important for them to know about sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and sexual harassment prevention. We give the participants a very solid list of 1) what they should do 2) what they should not do in order to not have your company in a position of liability, including a review of some very infamous cases in the news.

The Danger Zone: Hiring and Interviewing

One other area that is a minefield for potential liability is the area of interviewing and hiring. We find that many people in a leadership role do not understand what is illegal in interviewing and hiring. This includes 1) not knowing what they are allowed to ask and 2) Not knowing what they are not allowed to ask in an interview from a legal perspective. We give leaders all of the information that they need in order to not make some of those costly mistakes, and to operate on the right side of the law.

Money, Money, Money

In this part of our program to cover all of the laws that govern pay and benefits. While we understand that most people in a leadership role are not going to be setting up pay and compensation, we still believe they have to be aware of what is it is not legal in the arena of pay. We cover the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, The Equal Pay Act of 1963, ands Workmen’s Compensation. This gives people in a leadership role an overview and awareness of the legalities around employee compensation

Performance Management

One of the key responsibilities of leaders is to manage the performance of each team member. In this part of the program, we give managers and leaders the tools and tips that they need to legally manage performance including documentation, coaching, counseling and working with Human Resources.

Handling Employee Conflict

One of the most volatile areas of being a leader is handling conflict amongst employees who have issues, or employees who are in direct conflict with their manager. In this segment of the program we give managers and leaders guidelines on how to handle employee complaints, how to skillfully manage those complaints and how they should involve HR when necessary.

The Unpleasant Task of Termination

Unfortunately there are times when leaders have to perform the unpleasant task of terminating an employee or to inform an employee that there has been layoff and that they are going to have to let them go. In this part of the program, we provide specific guidelines for termination, for documentation and for processes to follow in order to reduce or eliminate liability.

Action Plans

We wrap of the session with asking each person to create a comprehensive action plan on how they are going to apply what they have learned.

Class Formats:

  • Option #1: One half day program

  • Option #2: (2) webinars

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