HR 101 for School Administrators: Course Details


The complete course is three weeks, from January 16 through February 2, 2018.

The class is conducted on the Haiku Learning Management platform, and requires a willingness to experiment with new applications of technology, as well as a computer with a video camera and microphone. Classes are conducted asynchronously, so there is no single time each week when participants are required to be online. However, participants should commit to spending at least 3-5 hours each week the class is in session.

Coursework and assignments for each week open on Monday morning, and should be completed by the following Sunday evening. Grace periods may be given, but interaction is more effective when the entire class is working on the same topic. Participants will connect and collaborate with each other through several forms of media, including short videos, voicethreads and discussion boards.

Certificate of Completion

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Course Description

Week 1: Hiring, Interviewing and Making the Hire

Hiring the right person for the job is crucial to the success of your division and the mission of the school. This unit will cover the legal framework of the hiring process, including recruitment, application process, developing clear job descriptions and understanding the "do's and don'ts" of the interview.

Week 2: Managing

Supervisors often field difficult questions and requests from employees, including time off, accommodations and other unexpected changes. Learn how to best respond to these requests with a clear understanding of the legal protections afforded to employees, the benefits provided by your school policy, and how those apply to each.

Week 3: Evaluation and Separation

Providing clear, consistent and honest feedback to employees can raise special challenges for school administrators. Develop an understanding of how to communicate with employees while minimizing legal risks and maintaining a commitment to your school's mission and culture. Learn about the separation process and the legal pitfalls to avoid.

ACA Employer Mandate Enforcement Begins


For the first time, the IRS has begun enforcement of the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act for employers averaging 50 or more full-time employees in the prior calendar year. Letters from the IRS are expected to reach thousands of employers over the next several weeks. Click the link above to learn what your school can do if it receives an assessment letter.