HR Manager Webinar Series Part I | Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of HR

HR Manager Webinar Series Part I | Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of HR

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 11 am to Noon

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Today, HR professionals at many companies are "wearing a lot of hats." In addition to all the human resources and employment matters, including hiring, discipline and discharge issues, many must also handle financial and bookkeeping matters, safety issues, and work closely with their IT departments.  With all of the critical and time-sensitive rules and regulations surrounding human resources, where do you start?

To help companies and those handling the HR function understand the basics they should be covering, we’ve invited top HR Consultant Dee Yingst to walk you through the issues that you should pay attention to first. 

While there certainly are many regulations to choose from, we will start with these two:  the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  Many HR-related rules come back to these two regulations in some fashion.  These two guide how to pay employees including minimum rates, how to count time, how to pay for excess time, and how to handle deductions from pay (FLSA), and about fairness in hiring, firing, promoting, discipline, and day-to-day treatment of workers (Title VII).


Here are a few of the basic standards in the FLSA which we will review, as well as what is not covered by the FLSA that continues to cause confusion:

  • Minimum wage including the minimum for tipped employees, and provisions for subminimum wage and youth minimum wage (which are all different)
  • Overtime pay is not less than one and one-half times the employee's regular rate after 40 hours in a workweek
  • Child labor provisions that govern the hours and  types of jobs minors are permitted to perform
  • Recordkeeping
  • Break times for nursing mothers

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is considered to be the premier civil rights legislation spelling out prohibitions on discriminatory practices in public places, housing, schools and more.  For employers, Title VII is of particular importance because it applies the discrimination prohibitions to the workplace.  We will cover the basics under this Act and provide best practices for compliance.

Title VII provides that it is unlawful to discriminate against any individual in regard to:

  • Recruiting
  • Hiring & promotion
  • Transfers
  • Work assignments
  • Performance measurement
  • Work environment
  • Job training
  • Discipline & discharge
  • Wages & benefits
  • Or any other term or condition of employment.

In addition, since most companies offer some type of Employee Benefits Plan, ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974) is the third law we will discuss. Many small companies believe they do not have to comply with this law, but ERISA applies to all companies regardless of size – exceptions are governmental and church plans.  We will conclude the webinar with a basic explanation of Title I under ERISA – which is Protection of Employee Benefit Rights, and will explain what steps you must follow to ensure you are complying with this important law.

The speaker will open up the last few minutes of the webinar to answer questions from participants.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 1
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 1
Human Resource Certification Institute SPHR/PHR/GPHR Recertification Hours 1
SHRM Preferred Provider SHRM-CP TM / SHRM-SCP TM PDC's 1

Note: To receive continuing education credits, each individual is required by the crediting organizations to log on and log off as proof of attendance.

About The Speaker

Dee Yingst

Dee Yingst, SPHR, SHRM-CP, CEBS is the PA Chamber Insurance’s (PCI) Human Resources Consultant, providing advice and assistance to clients with HR and policy issues. She joins PCI following a long career that includes roles with a major health insurance carrier, an international insurance broker and as an HR executive for a private employer. In addition to an active Pennsylvania Accident & Health, Life and Fixed Annuities license, Dee holds a Master's Degree in Human Resources, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior, and several professional designations in human resources and employee benefits.