CULLOWHEE -- Western Carolina University will offer a new course this summer on “Legal Issues in Human Resources,” July 7 through Aug. 8.

The three credit hour elective course will be a combination of classroom and online instruction. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:50 p.m. in Karpen Hall on the University of North Carolina at Asheville campus.

Topics covered will include the Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Equal Employment Opportunity regulations.

“The learning objectives for the course are not focused on turning students into legal experts, but rather providing students with a general understanding of the legal issues and how they impact the various functions carried out by the human resource professional,” said John Sherlock, WCU assistant professor of human services and instructor for the course.

Such functions include recruiting and selection, compensations and benefits, providing a safe and fulfilling workplace culture, employee relations and performance management, Sherlock said.

Students who complete the course will identify a number of Web-related resources to help them stay up-to-date on the issues and network with other HR professionals regarding legal issues.

Prior to becoming a WCU instructor, Sherlock worked for more than 15 years in the high-tech industry in management and executive positions.

For more information or to register, contact WCU’s Programs in Asheville at (828) 251-6642.

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