Business Law

A Manager’s Introduction to Business Law

Description:  This course introduces managers to the fundamental concepts of business law. It begins by exposing some prevalent legal misconceptions shared by management and establishes the true role that law plays in society and business. The relationship between business ethics and law is explained and how managers serve as vital role models for demonstrating ethical business practices. This course also presents the basis and structure of the U.S. legal system and introduces relevant areas of business regulation. It outlines management’s legal responsibilities and presents practical strategies for researching legal resources, for supporting legal counsel, and for proactively avoiding legal complications. Duration: 3 Hour(s)

Anti-Money Laundering

Description: This course provides basic information on US money laundering laws and international anti-money laundering efforts. It also discusses actions that those working in banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions can take to better identify and manage risks associated with money laundering. Target Audience: The courses in this series cover a variety of subject areas that affect all employees with an emphasis on management and human resource personnel who need to understand and implement compliance policies Duration: 1.0 hours

Antitrust–Overview

Description: Antitrust laws legislate against business practices that undermine competitiveness or are considered to be unfair. The term “antitrust” derives from U.S. legislation that was originally formulated to combat business trusts–now commonly known as cartels. There are three major federal antitrust laws: the Sherman Antitrust Act, the Clayton Act, and the Federal Trade Commission Act. Essentially, these laws prohibit business practices that unreasonably deprive consumers of the benefits of competition, resulting in higher prices for inferior products and services. The Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) share responsibility for enforcing antitrust laws. This one-hour course enables participants to recognize the basic provisions of antitrust legislation and how they are enforced. Duration: 1.0

Code of Conduct Awareness

Description: A code of conduct is a key part of the ethical framework in any organization. It should outline an organization’s key ethical principles and provide detailed guidelines on the expected standards of behavior for employees. The code must be effectively distributed to all employees in order to be useful, and should include a clear statement of penalties for breaching it. The existence of a well-written code of conduct is beneficial to all employees as well as the organization. This one-hour course teaches participants the concepts and benefits of a corporate code of conduct, and offers practical advice on how to apply the code to ethical dilemmas in a business environment. Duration: 1.0 hours

Conflicts of Interest in the Workplace

Description: This course is designed to raise employee awareness about conflicts of interest in the workplace – what constitutes a conflict of interest, how a conflict of interest can be avoided, and the appropriate action to take to ensure that a conflict of interest does not negatively impact the employer or the employee. An employee has a conflict of interest with his or her employer if the employee has any type of personal interest – financial or otherwise – that may impair the employee’s judgment, causing the employee to consider his or her own self-interests over those of the employer, when performing job-related duties. A conflict of interest may also exist if the employee has any potential personal interest that may impair the employee’s judgment, whether the employee realizes it or not, and even if the employee does not intend to have a conflict of interest. Duration: 1.0 hours

Employment and Labor Law

Description: Management sometimes finds itself in a sensitive position involving the treatment and rights of employees. But how does management legally handle a precarious situation with employees without the legal ramifications exploding in their face? This course is an overview for management about the essentials of employment and labor law. It includes introductions to current federal laws regarding employee safety and health protection, equal opportunity, and labor management during unionization. Managers will use strategies to protect the organization from legal liability and protect the employee’s civil rights in the workplace. Duration: 3.5

Export Controls

Description: After the events of September 11, 2001, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), under the direction of the US Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), tightened up export controls in an effort to prevent unauthorized access to US goods and technologies by foreign countries that might use these items for military or other harmful uses. The EAR are far reaching and affect any business transactions that involve the export from the US or re-export from another country, of items which are subject to the EAR. This course is designed to increase awareness of the authority of the EAR and the responsibilities of organizations and individuals to comply with them. Target Audience: All employees in organizations that deal with items which are exported out of the US or re-exported from a foreign country. Duration: 1.0 hours

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Description: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes specific minimum requirements in relation to employees’ wages, hours of work, overtime entitlements, and payroll records. The act was passed to set and enforce federal requirements on minimum wages and overtime. The FLSA became federal law in 1938 as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal–its primary aim was to respond to growing concerns about poor working conditions in many industries. The FLSA regulates wages, maximum hours of work and overtime, as well as child labor. This one-hour course enables participants to understand the main provisions of the act, helping both employees and employers understand their rights and responsibilities in relation to those provisions. Duration: 1.5

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Description: Have you or a family member ever been seriously ill and needed to take medical leave? Did your employer give you the leave you deserved without it affecting your job? It is essential to understand the law of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in order to protect yourself from losing your job or benefits. FMLA is only relevant to U.S. based employers and their U.S. based employees. In this course, you will learn the guidelines of FMLA and how they apply to you. This course will educate you on who is eligible and covered under FMLA, benefits and employer obligations, medical certifications, and what notices need to be posted in the workplace. Duration: 3.0

HIPAA Privacy Rules

Description: Personal privacy is now a major issue to people, particularly where medical information is concerned. This course presents an overview of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), outlining the main components and identifying who is covered by the act. The course examines the privacy provisions under HIPAA for patients and employees involved with covered entities. Under HIPAA, covered entities are now expected to provide notification to individuals before the routine use of health information. HIPAA offers patients the right to a copy of their medical records, to request amendments to them if necessary, and to know the history of disclosures. This course helps covered entities recognize the key provisions of HIPAA, how their organizations are affected by HIPAA, and how the privacy rules impact upon them. Duration: 1.0

Insider Trading

Description: Illegal insider trading is harmful to the marketplace. The ethical arguments against insider trading draw attention to the disparity of information between the two parties to the transaction, the violation of property rights, and the undermining of investors’ confidence in the market. This course will provide examples of illegal insider trading and list the main provisions under law governing legal insider trading. It also discusses the civil and criminal penalties incurred by insider traders and the companies that they work for. It identifies the main procedures that companies should take to prevent insider trades generally and specifically during pension fund blackout periods. The main rules regarding the reporting of insider trading are also discussed. Duration: 1.5

Privacy and Information Security

Description: Information about individuals is used by businesses to provide customers with a huge array of targeted goods and personalized services that consumers have come to expect. If it lands in the wrong hands, this same information can result in harm to the very individuals it was meant to serve. The protection of an individual’s personal information has business implications that extend beyond the privacy of any one individual. Private information relative to certain businesses and industries is protected by various laws. Duration: 1.0 hours

Rightful Employment Termination

Description: One of the most difficult things you will do as a manager is to terminate an employee. Understandably, employees who are being terminated – regardless of the reason for the termination – may feel angry, frustrated, or betrayed. They may want someone to blame for their plight, and if the termination is not handled properly, your company could find itself defending against a wrongful termination lawsuit. Further, even if the termination is handled properly, an employee may file a claim anyway, and your company must be prepared to successfully defend the termination through appropriate decision making and documentation. Duration: 1.5 hours

What to Consider When Hiring

Description: Recruitment is a complex and important activity for a manager. Effective hiring requires effective preparation. The recruitment process must be fair and safe, and there is plenty of legislation to trip up the unwary manager. Getting any part of this wrong is expensive, time consuming, and damaging to the good name of the company. This course will give you a brief overview of the major employment legislation that affects recruitment. Then the course will explore the options that any manager has when faced with hiring a new employee. Hiring is an expensive process, so the course explores a cost-benefit analysis of the various hiring methods, examining in detail internal hiring and contingent workers as two particular options. Defining a job in terms of competencies and then rating them provides the foundations for effective hiring, and this course will show you how to use these methods in creating a structured interview.  Duration: 2.0 hours