University of Wisconsin–Madison

Human Resources (HR) 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 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.


HR For Your Business – Laws; Wednesday , October 2, 2019  8:30am – Noon; $149

Topics Include:

  • Employment Laws most often violated by Small Businesses
  • Posters
  • 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

Common Issues when Dealing with Employees; Wednesday, October 9, 2019  8:30 am – Noon; $149

Topics Include:

  • Job Descriptions
  • Recruitment
  • Job Applications
  • Interview Questions
  • Background Checks
  • Testing
  • Onboarding
  • Benefits
  • Disciplining
  • Termination



Location: Grainger Hall

Schedule: 8:30 am- noon

Date: Wednesday October 2 and 9, 2019

Click to Register  Both days and save 10%  Fee: $268

Click to Register October 2, 2019  Fee: $149

Click to Register October 9, 2019  Fee: $149


or call 608-262-3909 to register


SHRM recertification 2019


This Program is preapproved for SHRM recertification


Registration policy: Payment will be required at time of registration starting with Spring 2020 classes. You must have either a credit card or valid UW-Madison funding string to be able to register. For questions related to payment call 608-262-2451.

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.

If there is inclement weather, please call 608-263-2221 for a recorded message after 6:30 am for day classes or after 3:30 pm for night classes.


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.