Human Resources (HR) Basics for Non-HR Professionals

Overview

If you are a business owner or manager of a small business without a dedicated HR expert on your staff, this is the program for your organization. If you have administrative staff that are performing HR duties as part of their responsibilities that are not HR experts they too will benefit. This course is directed toward common small business HR issues, including the laws most often violated (unknowingly) by small businesses (according to the Small Business Administration), information on how to prevent these violations, and common issues encountered when dealing with employees.

Topics Include:

  • Employment Laws most often violated by Small Businesses
  • Independent Contractor VS Employee
  • Exempt VS Non-Exempt Employee
  • Overtime & Other Pay
  • FMLA, OSHA, Harassment and more
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Ways to protect yourself and your company
  • Job Descriptions
  • Background Checks
  • Testing
  • Benefits
  • Disciplining
  • Termination

“Everything was helpful; it made HR duties feel less scary. I appreciated the wide range of topics covered, and dependable/free resources to use going forward – a crash course on being a good employer.”

Allison Rodriguez
Owner, Delta Remodeling LLC

Registration

Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison

Schedule: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Date: May 11, 2023

Fee: $269

Register Online  or call 608-262-2451 to register. BONUS: Place 2 or more paid SBDC courses in your cart, and use discount code SBDC10 for 10% off. Classes must be purchased in the same transaction.

Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration. You must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel before the program begins, there is a $25 cancellation fee. If you cancel after the program begins you will be charged for the full program fee. To cancel, call registration at 608-262-2451.

Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu to request accommodations.

The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Very awesome course. Short and sweet with a lot of relevant information, which every manager and leader should take. [I appreciated] practical applications of HR policies at work.

Saransh Choudhury, Koerber Tissue North America (Spring 2022 participant)

I appreciated that questions were answered fully. There was a lot of material, but it was organized and well put together. I appreciated the different scenarios that were presented to see how the things being discussed could be applied. Very good class!

Sarah Mark Fleet and Facilities Manager, City of Moline, IL (online participant, Fall 2021)

Instructors

Tracy Niesen Breunig
Director of Human Resources, Culver Franchising System, LLC

Tracy has been in the Human Resources field for over 25 years in a variety of industries working across small and large businesses around the Madison area.  Her experiences include union and non-union environments, profit and non-profit and has lead HR teams as well as being the single HR practitioner.  Tracy’s expertise covers areas such as recruiting, onboarding, employee engagement and relations, union relations, training and development, compensation, and benefits.  Currently, Tracy is a Director of Human Resources at Culver Franchising System.

 

 

 

Brittany Hanson, MBA, PHR

AVP of HR Operations, Park Bank
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www.bethskogen.com

Brittany loves Madison, loves HR, and is excited to meet you!  Brittany has been in HR for over 13 years and has amassed experience in a variety of areas.  Working as the HR Manager at Senior Helpers Home Care, and then a Talent Acquisition Consultant II at UW Credit Union, Brittany has extensive experience in recruitment and talent acquisition.  Having recruited in high-volume recruiting industries, as well as the most competitive employment market to date, grass roots and ‘outside of the box’ recruitment strategies have been a long-time focus and passion for Brittany.

Today Brittany holds the role of AVP of HR Operations at Park Bank, with a primary focus on training and development, performance management, and employee relations.  In her current position Brittany also supports payroll, benefits, compensation, and communication strategies.  Strategic Human Resources is a department goal at Park Bank, and Brittany enjoys partnering with leaders throughout the organization to show how valuable HR can truly be.

Brittany is a graduate of UW-Madison, with a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare.  Brittany also completed an MBA through the University of Phoenix, and holds a PHR certification from HRCI.  Brittany has been a long-time volunteer leader with the Greater Madison Area SHRM Chapter, and held the role of Chapter President from 2020-2021.  Brittany still volunteers with GMA SHRM, as well as the WI State SHRM Council as a member of the State Conference Planning Committee.  Brittany also sits on the United Way Women United Council, and teaches yoga at Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Madison.

Website business legalities, state and federal, shipping, etc.  Great examples and discussion, the slides and links were excellent.

Diane Marquardt,  Kim Swisher Communications

The instructor was great and answered our real-life questions.

Associate Director, Corporate Operations (Spring 2022 participant)

The Wisconsin SBDC Network is a proud part of the Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship in the University of Wisconsin System.
It is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact us at sbdc@bus.wisc.edu or call (608) 263-2221.