University of Wisconsin–Madison

Human Resources (HR) Basics for Non-HR Professionals

“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)

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

Diane Marquardt
Office Administrator,  Kim Swisher Communications

“I really enjoyed the online format, and everything seemed to flow really well! The information about the I-9s was very eye-opening and super important!”

Lili Fandrich
HR Administrator at Family Service Madison


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 mini series is two half day classes is directed toward small businesses and the HR issues they face. One class will include the laws most often violated (unknowingly) by Small Businesses (according to the Small Business Administration) and provide information on how to prevent these violations. The second class will focus on 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


Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison*

Schedule: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Date: April 14, 2022

Fee: $269

Register Online Here  or call 608-262-3909 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.

* As of November 2021, the UW-Madison campus expectation is that “We expect everyone on campus – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – to follow the reasonable and research-based measures we have in place to protect our community. Those who can wear a face covering but refuse to do so will be asked to leave the building.”

Updates on current campus protocols will determine the modality of this session. If coronavirus cases have significantly increased, we will offer this session virtually.

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 608-262-3909.

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 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®.


Karen Bender, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Karen is a Human Resources professional with over 25 years of experience, ranging from a large multi-national to several local start-ups. She has extensive experience working in both union and non-union environments in manufacturing, but has also worked in health insurance. Duties have included all facets of HR tasks in both a manager and director role. She has led teams that have earned recognition for their accomplishments in safety, environmental, and wellness arenas. Currently, Karen is a HR Consultant, working for a variety of companies on different projects.