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You might not be a lawyer, but this course will help you think like one. You will begin by exploring the many reasons why it's important to have a corporate business immigration policy. By understanding the impact that hiring foreign nationals can have on your company, you will be able to determine the type of policy your organization should have and then partner effectively with your legal counsel to design it.

There are almost as many different work visa categories as there are letters in the alphabet. In this course, you will examine the benefits as well as the risks associated with the different visas. You will be able to determine the visas that are the most cost efficient, time saving, and risk averse for your company. As you progress through the course, you will discover the steps to take to ensure your foreign national employees are properly documented as legal workers in the United States.

As your company grows or evolves, there can be serious implications for the foreign nationals in your workforce. In this course, you will explore the many considerations you need to keep in mind in the event your company undertakes a merger or acquisition. What if your company needs to downsize? Examine the ways a termination can change an employee's immigration status and what you can do to assist a worker who wants to remain in the U.S.

You will learn how foreign national workers have the right to unionize and what to avoid when they engage in union activities. You will also discover why even undocumented workers are eligible for Workers' Compensation and why that could be a good thing for all employers.

It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Hiring Foreign Nationals” or have equivalent experience.

All of us in the workplace are governed by laws, but these laws are rarely taught as part of professional training or covered in any onboarding process. In many cases, we don't know about the laws governing the workplace until something goes wrong. This course provides a foundation for understanding the range, boundaries, and goals of employment law, and offers opportunities for you to apply these concepts to real workplace situations.

This course begins with the concept of at-will employment and its exceptions. What are the different categories of workers and which laws apply to each of them? What do you need to know to help steer your organization clear of lawsuits related to employee status and wrongful termination?

Because the situations we encounter in life are not always straightforward, this course focuses on cases of complicated — but not uncommon — employment situations. Through your coursework, you will examine the various and sometimes conflicting goals of employment laws at play in your industry and organization, ranging from protecting the weaker party from exploitation to creating win-win rules for the workplace. By the end of this course, you will have gained a more nuanced awareness of these issues that you can apply to the situations that may arise in your workplace.

It is recommended to only take this course if you have completed “Hiring Foreign Nationals” and “Immigration Law in Practice” or have equivalent experience.

We like to think that behaving decently at work and respecting others will protect us from discrimination cases in the workplace. To a certain degree, that is true; however, good intentions are not always enough. It's important to be able to recognize the legal underpinnings of anti-discrimination principles, including where these principles come from and how they have been interpreted by the courts.

In this course, you will delve into crucial background information regarding the origin of today's anti-discrimination laws as you're guided through tricky cases — involving issues around race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability status — as well as their implications for today. Sometimes it can be challenging to know how to approach these situations in the workplace. Through a combination of activities and readings, you will become better prepared to manage issues in the workplace in a way that does not leave your organization open to legal action.

Note: The information provided in this course is for academic purposes and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. 

You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

  • Employment Law in Practice

Symposium sessions feature three days of live, highly interactive virtual Zoom sessions that will explore today’s most pressing topics. The Leadership Symposium offers you a unique opportunity to engage in real-time conversations with peers and experts from the Cornell community and beyond. Using the context of your own experiences, you will take part in reflections and small-group discussions to build on the skills and knowledge you have gained from your courses.

Join us for the next Symposium in which we’ll discuss the ways that leaders across industries have continued engaging their teams over the past two years while pivoting in strategic ways. You will support your coursework by applying your knowledge and experiences to relevant topics for leaders. Throughout this Symposium, you will examine different areas of leadership, including innovation, strategy, and engagement. By participating in relevant and engaging discussions, you will discover a variety of perspectives and build connections with your fellow participants from various industries.

Upcoming Symposium: June 4-6, 2024 from 11am – 1pm ET

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2024  11am – 1pm ET
    • Building a Culture of Collaboration
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024  11am – 1pm ET
    • Identifying Common Barriers to Performance
  • Thursday, June 6, 2024  11am – 1pm ET
    • Setting Yourself Up For Successful Buy-in

          All sessions are held on Zoom.

          Future dates are subject to change. You may participate in as many sessions as you wish. Attending Symposium sessions is not required to successfully complete any certificate program. Once enrolled in your courses, you will receive information about upcoming events. Accessibility accommodations will be available upon request.

          As an employer, how much control or influence do you have on what your employees say or do at — or outside of — the workplace? What does it mean to defame someone in the context of the workplace and how can you avoid doing so? And where is the line between an individual employee's rights and the rights of workers to advocate as a group for better employment?

          Using case studies, this course explores the tension between an employee's rights to privacy and autonomy and the employer's business interests through examination of the legal concept of privacy in the workplace. You will have the opportunity to apply your understanding of this and related concepts to actual cases and compare your assessments with those of the judges.

          By the end of this course, you will be better able to make informed decisions as you develop and implement appropriate employee privacy policies that fall within the zones of legal discretion available to your organization.

          You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

          • Employment Law in Practice

          Employee wages and benefits account for a significant percentage of the operating expense budget of most workplaces. Wages and benefits are highly regulated and there is considerable detail involved. This course will give you the background you need to anticipate and avoid potential pitfalls surrounding the wage and benefit laws that affect your organization.

          This course cuts through a mass of available information and provides what you need to know about these topics within the context of employment law. You will explore wages and employer-provided benefits, including health insurance, vacation, sick pay, and retirement. Through your coursework, you will have the opportunity to investigate how these concepts apply to the organizations with which you are familiar. At the end of this course, you will be better positioned to assess workplace situations so you can determine when and why you might need to consult with an HR professional or an attorney, and you will be better prepared to discuss issues with these professionals.

          Note: The information provided in this course is for educational purposes and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice.

          You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

          • Employment Law in Practice

          How can you protect your company from having former employees divulge trade secrets or take customer relationships to competing firms? How does the law regard inventions and copyrights; who owns them?

          Answers to these questions will vary depending on the status of the employee. There are specific protections for rank-and-file employees, as well as certain expectations of executives when it comes to misappropriation of company assets and non-compete contracts. This course will help you understand the rationale behind these laws and how they play out in real-life situations.

          You begin with a focus on the employee's obligations to their employer: When is it acceptable to compete with a former employer, when is it not acceptable, and how can you tell the difference? The course proceeds with an exploration of the variety of contracts that employers can use to protect themselves from employees competing in various ways. You will have a chance to evaluate restrictive covenants and reflect on the question of what constitutes legitimate business interests. You will gain familiarity with aspects of the reasonably tailored tests. The course ends with a look at the legal responsibilities that apply to copyrights and inventions and introduces the role that a well-crafted holdover clause can play in protecting the interests of a business.

          You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:

          • Employment Law in Practice

          Leading across cultures is about adapting, communicating, thinking critically, and understanding your own biases. Dr. Jan Katz of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration will help you explore the five key dimensions of cross­-cultural leadership: culture, context, risk, linear/parallel hierarchy, and individualism/collectivism . After defining and sharing examples of each, Professor Katz will help you explore their impacts on business and how you can adapt to variations in different cultures. This course gives you the tools you need to continuously improve your cross-cultural leadership skills.

          In the course project, you will examine the cultures and dimensions you work in, explore how compensation relates to risk, examine the hierarchy at your company, and evaluate your own leadership style as it relates to the cultures you work in. You will also get to investigate the 2015 Greek financial crisis and interview an international colleague before creating an action plan for your own future education around the impact of cultural variation on leadership.

          The workplace is filled with employees, clients, and leaders from different backgrounds and cultures. Your Social Style® plays a role in how you communicate and behave in the workplace. This course will prepare you to communicate effectively, efficiently, and empathetically with different cultures no matter your Social Style®.

          In this course, you will practice becoming more aware of how your Social Style® is interpreted by others and how that impacts your interactions with others at work. You will also develop strategies for overcoming social blind spots in order to mitigate the risk of ineffective communication in cross-cultural settings. Finally, you will discover the ways you can adapt your Social Style® without compromising your core values for effective communication. By the end of this course, you will have gathered the tools needed to communicate appropriately and effectively in a cross-cultural environment.

          Social Style, Social Style Navigator and TRACOM are registered trademarks of the TRACOM Corporation. Social Style Model is a trademark of the TRACOM Corporation. Related content is used with permission from The TRACOM Corporation.

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