There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

Having a productive workforce is a major goal of most organizations. This goal is most readily achieved through a variety of human resources activities. The Human Resources Guidebook describes the many topics that fall under the umbrella of human resources, revealing how to search for and select the most qualified job candidates, enhance relations with employees, provide career development advice and training, and control compensation and benefit costs. Other topics include dealing with labor unions, budgeting, discrimination, performance measurements, and records management.

You'll find answers to many questions, including:

  • What type of organizational structure should be applied to a business?
  • How do I conduct a job analysis?
  • How should I conduct an interview?
  • What steps can be taken to assimilate new employees into the company?
  • What are the key aspects of a mentoring relationship?
  • How does succession planning work?
  • What types of performance appraisal methods are available?
  • What are the types of employee benefits?
  • How can I reduce the cost of human resources?
  • What types of discrimination issues should I be aware of?
  • And much more!


Steven M. Bragg, CPA

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 70 business books. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast.

Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master of Finance from Bentley College, and a BA from the University of Maine (summa cum laude).

Course Specifics

Mar 8, 2019
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Cite the circumstances under which shared services can be used in human resources.

Chapter 2

  • Cite the uses to which job rotation can be put, as well as the best utilization system for dealing with top talent.

Chapter 3

  • Identify the uses of job descriptions and how they are compiled.

Chapter 4

  • Cite the factors that must be incorporated into workforce planning.
  • Identify the human resources planning response to a decline in sales.

Chapter 5

  • Cite the tools used to recruit for job candidates, as well as to avoid the need for recruiting.

Chapter 6

  • State the techniques used to locate those job applicants that are the best fit for a position.
  • Recall the ways to avoid discrimination claims arising from an interview.
  • Cite the effects that can skew an interviewer in favor of a particular candidate.

Chapter 7

  • Identify the methods available for rapidly assimilating new employees.

Chapter 8

  • Identify the techniques available for improving the work environment, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

Chapter 9

  • Cite the content of a personal development plan.
  • Cite the characteristics of a person on the leadership track.

Chapter 10

  • Identify how training comprehension can be improved.

Chapter 11

  • Cite the role of succession plan administration.

Chapter 12

  • Define the types of ranking systems used in performance evaluation.

Chapter 13

  • State the objectives associated with terminating employment.
  • Identify the topics covered with an employee when they are terminated.

Chapter 14

  • Cite how compensation positioning is used to set compensation levels.
  • Cite the compensation problems associated with the piece rate system.
  • Identify the nature of the compensation issues for an exempt employee.

Chapter 15

  • Identify the tax issues associated with employee benefits.
  • Identify the nature of a defined contribution retirement plan.
  • Identify the characteristics of phantom stock.
  • Cite the criteria for determining the status of a contractor.
  • Identify the actions that can be taken to manage an unemployment experience rating.
  • Cite the issues associated with a use it or lose it provision for earned vacation time.
  • Identify the different types of working condition benefits.

Chapter 16

  • Cite the negative effects of cutting compensation and shifting benefits costs to employees.

Chapter 17

  • Cite the methods used to compile the various labor-related budgets and the uses of each budget.
  • Identify when certain payroll-related taxes are more likely to be recognized during a calendar year.

Chapter 18

  • State the reasons why employees might want to join a union and the process flow of the union certification process.
  • Cite the filing process for an unfair labor practice claim.
  • Identify the management role for the industrial relations staff.

Chapter 19

  • Cite the roles of the federal agencies tasked with monitoring discrimination and affirmative action issues.

Chapter 20

  • Identify the laws governing discrimination and the availability of insurance coverage for terminated employees.

Chapter 21

  • Cite the situations in which various human resources metrics should be used.

Chapter 22

  • Define the types of record keeping needed to document equal employment and other federal laws.
  • Identify the types of documentation used for the different types of warnings.
  • Identify the methods used to prevent unauthorized access to personnel records.
  • Cite the methods available for destroying personnel records.

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