University of Wisconsin–Madison

Human Resources (HR) Basics for Non-HR Professionals


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


Location: Grainger Hall, UW-Madison

Schedule: 8:30 am- 4:30 pm

Date: October 20, 2022

Fee: $269

REGISTER FOR FALL 2022 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 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)


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.

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)