Employment & Labor Law for New HR Professionals

Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t have to.




HR Professionals have a unique responsibility to help protect both employees and the organization. If you are in a new or expanded HR role, it can be overwhelming to learn the required employment and labor laws and stay up to date on new laws and changes. 

Michigan State University’s School of HRLR, your education and career advancement partner, now offers a combined employment and labor law course that will help you gain the knowledge and real-world skills you need to minimize risk, increase compliance, and serve as a resource for others in your organization.

In this interactive virtual program, you will be able to ask questions and learn from real-world examples to help you apply what you learn to your workplace.



  • The intersection between state and federal employment and labor laws
  • Resources to stay abreast of changes in employment and labor laws
  • Strategies for enhancing compliance and minimizing risk
  • Steps to take when potential violations have occurred
  • The doctrine of employment-at-will, and exceptions to the doctrine
  • Implications of classifying workers as employees or independent contractors
  • Critical concepts under:
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act
    • Americans with Disabilities Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act
    • COBRA
    • Employee Retirement Income Security Act
    • Fair Credit Reporting Act
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Family and Medical Leave Act
    • Immigration Reform and Control Act
    • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
    • Occupational Safety and Health Act
    • Pregnancy Discrimination Act
    • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
    • Unemployment Insurance
  • Common state statues such as
    • Ban-the-Box
    • Marijuana legalization
    • Public sector unionization
    • Right-to-Work
    • Hair discrimination
  • Pending and trending legislation, such as
    • Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
    • Legalization of therapeutic psychedelics
    • Wage transparency



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Wednesday, December 13 & Thursday, December 14, 2023
12:30pm - 4:30pm ET
Live Interactive Program via Zoom




  • All of our classes include strategies to minimize Zoom fatigue and ensure an enjoyable, informative learning experience.

MSU employee discount available. Please contact Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu for more information.


Tina M. Riley

Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor, Associate Director, and Director of Professional Development in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. She holds a PhD in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, with a concentration in Communications, and a Master of Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders, and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners’ ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, and conducting workplace investigations.

With her passionate and engaging style, Dr. Riley develops and presents customized leadership development programs for both public and private sector organizations, from manufacturing to the Courts. Organizational leaders and HR professionals from across the globe including Bahrain, Cameroon, Canada, Georgia, Nigeria have participated in her workshops.


  • Registration closes 2 business days before the start of the program.



  • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.
  • Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date by notifying Kristi White via email at least 5 calendar days in advance of program start date.
  • Cancellation more than 30 calendar days before program start date: full refund.
  • Cancellation 14 – 29 calendar days prior to program start date: 50% cancellation fee, remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation 13 or fewer calendar days prior to program start date: no refund.

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 canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.



This program has been approved for 7 continuing education credit hours towards Professional Development Program recertification.

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Questions? We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu.