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HR Works’ HR Academy series presents HRCI and SHRM accredited training for HR Professionals

HR Academy is a series of courses designed to give HR professionals the skills to resolve HR issues while protecting their organizations from lawsuits, promoting effective employee relations, and supporting employment decisions. These courses take a two-prong approach to human resources: compliance with Federal and State employment laws and best practices for employee relations.

Each course has been approved for 3 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Courses will be held at the HR Works training facility at 200 WillowBrook Office Park Fairport, New York and are scheduled as follows:

HR Compliance Trends (Top Industry Trends Every HR Professional Should Know In 2017)

Wednesday, March 1

8:30 a.m. to noon

$175 per person

Has your organization come into compliance with NY’s new wage payment requirements? Does completing I-9 forms continue to be a challenge during employee onboarding? Have you considered how your post-accident substance testing procedures may violate new OSHA requirements? Does your employer sponsored wellness program meet the new requirements of the EEOC?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, you’re not alone! Employers are scrambling to catch up with new requirements in 2017. Join HR Works for section-by-section instructions and information on completing the revised

I-9 form; the notice and consent forms for direct deposit and payroll debit cards; revised OSHA reporting and anti-retaliation requirements; and EEOC/ADA complaint wellness programs.

Employee Handbooks and Job Descriptions: Tools for Effective Employee Management

Wednesday, March 8

8:30 a.m. to noon

$175 per person

Having written policies and formal job descriptions “tie your hands” as an employer and eliminate your ability to be flexible, right? Think again. Legally reviewed employee handbooks and comprehensive job descriptions that establish clear expectations for employees not only boost productivity and morale, but also serve as your organization’s first line of defense if challenged by the EEOC, NYS Division of Human Rights or Department of Labor. This course will discuss how to avoid common employer mistakes such as ambiguous policies, policies that unintentionally create a contract or employment, and job descriptions that are missing key components or don’t accurately reflect the position requirements.

Discipline, Documentation and Unemployment: Managing Your Unemployment Insurance Costs

Wednesday, March 15

8:30 a.m. to noon

$175 per person

Are you aware that your organization’s only controllable tax is your unemployment insurance tax rate? Unemployment cost control is a financial savings many employers overlook because they don’t understand how their actions affect their unemployment insurance rate. This course will emphasize how discipline and documentation contribute to the denial of unemployment benefits to former employees. We will also focus on the “life cycle of an unemployment insurance claim” to ensure you understand the process and time constraints associated with the unemployment insurance system.

Discrimination, Investigations and Violence: How To Successfully Navigate The Complex Issues Facing Today’s Workforce

Wednesday, March 22

8:30 a.m. to noon

$175 per person

In 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 91,503 charges of workplace discrimination of which 46% were for employer retaliation. Those numbers are expected to climb in 2017.  Claims of discrimination can lead to increased numbers of investigations and, when unaddressed, can result in workplace violence incidents. 

Now more than ever, HR professionals need to understand the methods used to curtail discrimination, how to optimize effective workplace investigations and processes, and how to implement best-practice conflict resolution techniques.

Attendees of Discrimination, Investigations and Violence: How To Successfully Navigate The Complex Issues Facing Today’s Workforce will learn to recognize situations that can lead to harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination in the workplace, how to determine if and when an investigation into a claim is warranted, and how to avoid workplace violence incidents that are related both to internal and external factors. 

HR Works also offers a full schedule of training webinars to complement our in-house series. Please visit to learn more or to register for any of our training programs.

HR Works, headquartered in Upstate New York, is a human resource management outsourcing and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States for over thirty years. HR Works provides scalable strategic human resource management and consulting services, including: affirmative action programs; benefits administration outsourcing; HRIS self-service technology; full-time, part-time and interim on-site HR managers; HR audits; legally reviewed employee handbooks and supervisor manuals; talent management and recruiting services; and training of managers and HR professionals.