Course Description

Human resource professionals encounter a variety of laws and policies governing their decisions. This course provides students with an overview of general human resource management practice, particularly as it relates to federal and state laws and regulations versus individual company policies. Participants will analyze a variety of compliance strategies that influence the way companies use human resource departments to communicate and implement their policies. Topics include the following:

  • Legal issues associated with hiring and dismissal practices
  • Equal employment opportunity laws
  • Individual rights guaranteed under state and federal law, including leaves of absence, workers compensation, and unemployment insurance
  • Risk management and liability, including workplace safety
  • Fair labor standards act and California overtime rules
  • Role of ethics in implementing HRM policy

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize and analyze potential legal implications of common workplace situations
  • Understand and evaluate current trends and issues in employment law
  • Apply their knowledge to effectively manage risk in the employment relationship



Foundations of Human Resource Management or consent of instructor

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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6:00PM to 7:30PM
Jun 24, 2024 to Aug 26, 2024
Web-based Instruction
Jun 24, 2024 to Sep 02, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Web-based Instruction
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $685.00
Available for Credit
4 units
Section Notes

Steps to Enroll

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Course Format:

    This course offers a balanced format of 50% asynchronous content for self-paced learning and 50% weekly live online sessions for real-time interaction, combining flexibility with the opportunity for real time discussion and collaboration.   

Late Registrations Notice: 

Self-enrollment will be available until 11:59 PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59 pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

Required Textbook(s): 

No refunds after 01/21/24
A minimum $40 non-refundable administrative fee per course is charged for all drops. See the full Drop Policy here.