HR 101: Compliance Made Easy - U.S. Employers Must Have

Streamline the most critical human resource (HR) processes and be in compliance with U.S. employment regulations
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  • Lectures 36
  • Length 3 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2015 English

Course Description

UPDATED 11/15/2016: UPDATE TO FORM I-9.  The USCIS agency has updated the Form I-9 on their website.  For your convenience we have included the new version, as well as the instructions, in the course resources.

UPDATED 11/25/2016: The New Law For Overtime Exemptions Which Was To Become Effective on December 1, 2016 Has Been Blocked By A Federal Judge. The overtime exemption rules remain unchanged until further notice.

Let's face it - HR can be boring and intimidating.

However, this multiple 5-STAR HR course is FUN, EASY to follow and will SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY in your daily HR business practices. And who doesn't love that?!

Setting up and maintaining employee records is a critical HR task that could be confusing because there are so many different requirements. Not only are there several complex U.S. federal and state laws, but there also may be local jurisdictions that regulate HR record retention for private employers.

This course walks you through how to keep good, well-organized HR records and minimize your  HR risks should you ever be audited. You'll learn the intricacies of I-9 administration and the pitfalls to avoid, as well as the key aspects of classifying your jobs under Wage and Hour laws.

This course includes over 3 hours of video lectures, quizzes and exercises on HR compliance:

Section 1: Shows you how to set up or re-organize all your HR and employee files so you can keep everything organized and handy

Section 2: How to complete an I-9 Form the right way the first time so you never have to make corrections

Section 3: How to audit & correct an I-9 Form if you skipped section 2!

Section 4: How to comply with job classification requirements (FLSA) which means you know when to pay overtime based on job duties

Section 5: How to create a Record Retention Program to schedule what HR records to keep and what HR records to destroy and when to do both

+++Bonus HR Resources that are Downloadable+++: Full script ebook plus 20 other HR templates and HR checklists

I invite you to review the FREE PREVIEW lectures so you can get a feel for the style and content of this HR course.

STUDENT TESTIMONIAL: "Hi Donna, I thoroughly enjoyed your online class. I have been to a lot of seminars/webinars, and your class was the best regarding employee document management and retention. I hope you continue to create more classes for HR professionals. I will definitely enroll."

Take this course now and you can have your HR processes completely set up and easy to maintain within a few days or even hours. No more sleepless nights!!

What are the requirements?

  • The only pre-requisite is an open mind about the importance of HR compliance and the willingness to take action by following the step-by-step processes provided in this course.
  • Students are encouraged to complete the exercises after each lecture to benefit fully from the course. The content is provided through videos and downloadable checklists, guides, resource documents and quizzes.
  • You have my personal 30 day full money back guarantee, no questions asked, if you are not fully satisfied. No one has ever requested a refund!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Set up and manage employee related records so it's easy to find documents
  • Complete the I-9 Form for all new hires the right way so you don't have to worry about passing an I-9 audit
  • Audit existing I-9 Forms and make corrections the right way so if you are audited everything is ready and organized
  • Decide which positions must be paid overtime so you can avoid fines, penalties and back wages if you're sued
  • Organize your employment related records to create a Record Retention Program that will keep you ahead of legal requirements and reduce your stress levels

Who is the target audience?

  • Do you struggle to get all the HR paperwork filled out for your employees and wish you could be sure you were doing it the right way? This course is for you!
  • Do you worry that some of your new hires aren't really authorized to work in the US? This course is for you!
  • Are you absolutely certain that "manager" doesn't need to be paid overtime? This course is for you!
  • This course is ideal for anyone who is responsible for the HR function and processes in a business: business owners, managers, franchise owners and human resources staff. It's time to learn the RIGHT way to ensure you're complying with U.S. employment laws.
  • This course will provide you with peace of mind knowing that you finally understand and can address each of the most critical employment law compliance areas. Once you complete the exercises and action plans included in the course, you will be ready for ANY related government audit or inquiry.
  • This course is not for general employees or individuals who are not involved in the human resources functions or processes in a business.
  • This course only addresses United States federal employment regulations.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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In this welcome video you will get an overview of the entire course and we will discuss the many reasons why you've made a great decision to learn about human resources compliance in the U.S.

You will find downloadable files with each individual lecture. There are over 20 downloadable resources in total, so be sure to check each lecture for a corresponding downloadable file. Most of the files are fill-able pdf forms or templates.

Also, to increase the video quality, look for the HD button at the bottom right of each video and click it. This will improve the video clarity.

Section 1: How to Set Up Your Employee Records
How to Set Up Your Employee Records
What Records Need to be Retained

Did you know that there are laws about records you need to keep on candidates and applicants even before you hire them? Well, here's what you need to know.


This is where you learn in-depth what records to keep for your employees and the right way to organize them for security and accessibility.


Once an employee leaves the company you still have an obligation to maintain certain records. Learn a few secret tips no one else will tell you that will make your life much easier.


You'll learn about some of the differences between paper and electronic files stored in the cloud so you can begin thinking about the best method for your business. More details to come in Section 5.

Review Section 1
4 questions

Test what you learned about setting up employee records

Section 2: How to Complete an I-9 Form
How to Complete an I-9 Form

Here's a very ridiculous case study of an I-9 audit gone bad. This could easily be YOU if you try to cut corners.

Critical Timeframes

A deceptively simple form with lots of pitfalls--you'll want to make sure you don't miss a single aspect of this.

Review Section 2
4 questions

Test what you learned about the proper way to complete an I-9 form.

Section 3: How to Audit & Correct I-9 Forms

What do you do if you already have I-9 forms that might be filled out incorrectly? You audit them!


The good news is you only have to do this one time for your active employees and then just a mini-audit once a year for your new hires.


Worst mistake you can make is to jump right in and start making corrections to those I-9 forms that have errors or are incomplete. Check out the detailed instructions and the sample errors and fixes to stay on track and make your corrections the LEGAL way.


Come full circle and make a few final changes to your processes and you'll never have to worry about this again.


Lots of resources here as well as a few final red flags to look out for when completing those I-9 forms.

Review Section 3
5 questions

Test what you learned about how to properly audit and correct errors on I-9 forms.

Section 4: How to Comply with Job Classification Requirements
How to Comply with Job Classification Requirements

We'll take a look at a case study that illustrates how easy it is to think you don't have to worry about employees in your business qualifying for overtime and the severe penalties that you can face.


There are only 2 classifications when it comes to overtime and I'll explain them. You'll also hear about another real life case study that many businesses can relate to that makes it even more obvious to address these issues sooner rather than later.


There are some overtime exemptions allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws. We'll go through each of them in the next 7 lectures.  


In this lecture you'll learn what it takes to meet the Executive Exemption for overtime.


In this lecture you'll learn what it takes to meet the Administrative Exemption for overtime.


In this lecture you'll learn what it takes to meet the Learned Professional Exemption for overtime.


In this lecture you'll learn what criteria must be met to qualify for the Creative Professional Exemption for overtime.


In this lecture you'll learn what criteria must be met to qualify for the Computer Professional Exemption for overtime.


Just because a sales person is highly compensated, or straight commission, doesn't necessarily mean the position is exempt from overtime. In this lecture you'll learn what criteria must be met to qualify for the Outside Sales Exemption for overtime.


Here is one final exemption that is often misunderstood - the Motor Carrier Act Exemption.

Review Section 4
4 questions

Test what you learned about job classifications and how to determine if a position meets one of the overtime exemptions.

Section 5: How to Comply with Record Retention Requirements
How to Comply with Record Retention Requirements

Here are 8 factors you should take into account when designing your record retention program and record destruction schedule.


This lecture will walk you through the most critical employment laws that mandate what records you need to keep and how long to keep them. We give you guidelines that will also cover most state laws.


This is a more detailed look at the pros and cons of keeping your employee files in paper form versus electronic form.

Review Section 5 and Final Review
4 questions

Test what you learned about the many requirements for record retention in the U.S.

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Instructor Biography

Donna Galatas, Vice Empress & CEO of The Galatas Group

Besides having a great sense of humor and down-to-earth approach, Donna, founder and CEO of The Galatas Group, is an accomplished HR professional with extensive (over 20 years) experience in the tactical and strategic aspects of human resource management.

Before forming The Galatas Group, she held positions as Director of Employee Relations and Vice President, Human Resources for a global metals and auto parts recycling company. In addition, she has held key senior level HR positions at Fortune 50 companies with experience in the healthcare, distribution, warehouse, construction, entertainment and education industries.

Donna has a BA in International Relations from San Francisco State University in California and an MA in Human Resources Management from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

She lives in Frisco, Texas, loves antique hunting (a.k.a. junk store scrounging) and misses her grandchildren who live in Orlando, Florida.

Instructor Biography

Jackie Torres, Vice Empress & COO of The Galatas Group

Throughout her career, Jackie has gained vast knowledge and experience (18 years) in building strong learning organizations, increasing organizational effectiveness and operational efficiencies through visionary leadership and strategic human resource management.

Before joining The Galatas Group, Jackie was Director of Organizational Development, Corporate Communications and of Learning and Development at McLane Company, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company. Jackie has held executive level and management positions within Fortune 50 organizations in Human Resources, Advertising, Marketing Management, Operations and Information Systems within various industries. In these various roles, Jackie was able to make a substantial impact on organizational growth, employee relations, diversity, and company branding with emphasis on overall strategic human resources and operational compliance.

Jackie holds a BA and MBA from City University of New York – Baruch College. She is certified in Stephen Covey's – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Birkman Method®, Achieve Global, Ken Blanchard and Legal Watch and is fluent in Spanish.

Jackie lives in Allen, Texas with her husband, daughter, mother and Lillie, her Maltese and is a wonderful hand-crafted jewelry designer. Look for her creations in bridal shops and boutiques in the Dallas Metroplex.

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