Employment and Employment Benefits

Employment and Employment Benefits


Welcome to Lawshelf’s video-course on employment and employment benefits. This course takes a survey of the employment process and focuses on the most common issues that employers and potential employees focus on in the process. This is an introductory level course and no prior experience or knowledge of employment law is required.

The course begins with the hiring process, from creating legal job advertisements to applications and interviews. We also look at the factors that employers may and may not consider in the candidate selection process. We will also focus on the privacy issues that come into play here.

We then continue with job screening and testing. Some tests have been determined to be illegal, but most employment tests are permitted. We will look at common tests and their roles. We will also look at background checks and disclosures required by many employers of their potential employees.

We will next turn to compensation and benefits. We will discuss compensation in module 3, including compensation required by law, such as minimum wage, and non-standard types of pay, such as tips, backpay and overtime. We will also look at other compensation issues, including wage garnishment.

The fourth module discusses employment benefits. We will discuss required healthcare benefits under the Affordable Care Act and other healthcare legislation. We will also discuss the myriads of voluntary benefits that many employers offer.

Finally, we will look at a litany of rules regarding time off, including leave, absences, holidays, personal time, jury duty and military service. We will also discuss special rules that apply to agricultural workers and child workers.

At the completion of the course, you should have a basic understanding of many of the issues that are relevant to the initiation and terms of employment.

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback.

What is a video-course?

A LawShelf video-course is an in-depth series of presentations on a discreet legal topic. LawShelf video-courses focus on practical legal information and applications and are each designed to familiarize the viewer with a legal topic quickly and efficiently.

Who should take a video-course?

Our video courses are designed for professionals such as attorneys, paralegals, corporate officers and financial professionals, as well as laypeople looking to deepen their knowledge of particular areas of law. The courses allow you to acquire the specific knowledge and skills that you need without the expense and time commitment of going “back to school” for a degree. 

How do I learn?

Video courses are divided into 5 or 6 modules.  Each module contains a video lesson (usually about 15 minutes long) and a series of self-test questions that you can use to practice and make sure that you understand the material.

How do I complete a video-course?

To complete a video-course, you must pass a 10-question multiple-choice examination by scoring 70% or higher.  The questions on the exam are randomly selected from the self-test question sets for the various modules. You can retake an exam as many times as you need to, though you will not get the same questions each time since the questions are drawn from an exam bank.

How long will it take me to complete a video-course?

Between watching the modules, doing the self-test practice questions, reviewing the material and taking the final exam, we estimate that completing a video-course requires a time investment of 4-5 hours.  The courses are designed to get straight to the point. We’re cognizant that your time is valuable, and we condense the information you need to know to comprehensively cover a subject into as little time as practical.

Is there limit to how many video-courses I can take or complete?

No. A LawShelf subscription enables you to access any and all LawShelf content, including all video-courses. You can take courses as quickly or slowly as your time allows.

Do I receive any recognition for completing a video-course?

Once you complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be awarded a digital badge to display as evidence of your training and accomplishment.

How will a digital badge help me? 

Modern educational trends are moving away from traditional classroom-based course completion models and towards skills-based education. Employers today care more about skills than ever before. LawShelf digital badges conform to the Open Badge standard and are verifiable records of your skills that can easily be shared online.

How long do I retain access to the course materials?

You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

The Hiring Process-Module 1 of 5

Training & Pre-Employment Screening-Module 2 of 5

Compensation- Module 3 of 5

Employment Benefits-Module 4 of 5

Working Hours, Time Off and Leave-Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.