Public Sector Human Resources

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  • August 21-25, 2017
    East Lansing Marriott at University Place
    300 M.A.C. Avenue
    East Lansing, MI 48823
    Phone: (517) 337-4440
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Managing human resources in the public sector is a rewarding and challenging career. To be successful, human resources professionals in the public sector must understand the unique constraints and expectations of the public sector employment relationship. There are different expectations, different and often-competing goals, and additional laws that do not apply to HRM in the private sector.

Whether you work in a large city or a small township, a public school district or a state agency, knowing the fundamentals of public sector human resources management is essential.

This program is designed for human resources professionals in the public sector and those in the private sector who are considering a move to the public sector.

This weeklong class will provide you with in-depth information that you will be able to put to use as you manage the human resources in your public sector organization – even if you are an HR department of one.


Program includes:

  • Graduate-level HRM textbook
  • Year-long access to a wealth of additional resources via a dedicated learning management system (LMS) website
  • Extensive note-taking guides
  • Small group problem-solving exercises and discussions
  • Ample time to get answers to your questions

You will also learn the core human resources management roles, the activities and responsibilities associated with them, and how to develop a strategic approach to HRM.

Knowing how to effectively work with elected officials and communicate in a way that fosters collaboration and results, is also essential for successfully working in the public sector.

Learn how to attract and retain top talent with a limited budget, enhance employee engagement, and methods for performance management and employee evaluation.


Attend Public Sector Human Resources and learn to:

  • Develop and implement strategic HRM policies and procedures
  • Prepare employees to provide outstanding service to the communities they serve
  • Create and maintain safe and healthy work environments
  • Recruit and select employees who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for success
  • Develop and implement performance excellence programs
  • Manage union/management relations in a positive and effective manner
  • Enhance compliance with employment and labor laws to minimize risk
    • Employment Law
      • Title VII
      • ADEA
      • ADA
      • State non-discrimination statutes
      • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
      • The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
      • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
      • Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act
      • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
      • Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act
      • Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act
      • The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
      • State public employment relations acts (The public sector statutes that provide public sector employees the right to engage in protected concerted activity)
      • State statutes regarding internet privacy in employment

This program will provide you with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of human resources management in the public sector.


Tina Riley Tina Riley, PhD is Director of Human Resources Executive Education in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. She has served as director of the School's Human Resources Education and Training Center and as Associate Director for Outreach. Dr. Riley has given presentations nationwide on the topics of strategic recruiting, training and development, supervisory skills, and employment law. She is also a CAPT-qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and has worked with many groups in developing value from differences within the workplace.



Registration fee: $2,395

  • Registration fees include all course materials
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation
  • Continental breakfast and networking lunch are included each day

Program times:

Registration & continental breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Networking each day lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
August 21-25, 2017 course offering
August 21-25, 2017
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East Lansing, Michigan
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East Lansing Marriott at University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: (517) 337-4440
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  • Overnight accommodations... are not included in the seminar fee. For reservations, call the hotel listed for your seminar. Be sure to refer to the Michigan State University Block.
  • For your convenience... If you fly into Detroit Metropolitan Airport you can take the Michigan Flyer motorcoach to the East Lansing Marriott. Learn more about riding the Michigan Flyer »
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  • Applying by mail or fax... Please download our catalog to fill out your registration information and send it by fax to (517) 432-0138 or by mail to:

    Human Resources Executive Education
    School of Human Resources and Labor Relations
    South Kedzie Hall
    368 Farm Lane, Room S423
    East Lansing, MI 48824


  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start:  10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start:  50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start:  no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program.  Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling HR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.


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