Human Resources Compliance for Independent Schools

NBOA Human Resources Compliance for Independent Schools is a four-week online course designed for both human resources professionals and business officers who have oversight and responsibility for human resources. Participants will develop an understanding in key areas of federal human resources compliance and be empowered with the knowledge and tools to spot issues, address day-to-day human resources challenges, improve their policies and practices, and know when to engage legal counsel.

NBOA courses are not a series of webinars. They are offered on an asynchronous online-learning platform. Through sharing information about your school with online colleagues, and by interacting with the class facilitators, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of independent school human resources compliance. Participants will also learn leadership techniques and management skills to apply at your school. Discover resources for ongoing operational support and establish a national learning community of peers with whom you can continue to explore the concepts of human resources compliance within independent schools.

Each of the first 3 weeks, a different topic will be covered asynchronously, so that while participants should plan to work for 3-5 hours each week on the class, the timing of that work can be flexible. The class uses a variety of resources including articles, recorded webinars, case studies and discussion boards. Participants will gain the greatest value from this course if they share information about their schools, allowing the facilitator and colleagues to make comments and suggestions. Topics will include hiring, evaluating and separating employees; employment contracts and letters; exempt/non-exempt classifications; disabilities and reasonable accommodation; family and medical leave; and employee policies and handbooks. This course has been restructured and refreshed with the assistance of Liane Faermann, Director of Human Resources at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, including pandemic-related updates such as information on FFCRA leave, managing remote workers, privacy laws and pandemic-affected school policies.

This course is being offered in partnership between NBOA and One Schoolhouse and with thanks to Sara Skinner, Liane Faermann and Grace Lee for their assistance with materials and course structure.

Course Schedule

Week 1

Life Cycle of an Employee: Hiring, Evaluation & Termination

Examine each phase of the employee life cycle, from recruiting, hiring and conducting background checks to setting expectations, managing performance, and ending the relationship. Learn the important elements of a hiring process, understand the do's and don'ts of the interview, develop tools to manage performance and understand when and how to end the employment relationship.

Week 2

Employee Policies

The business office is primarily responsible for setting and communicating employee policies and handbooks. Review the policies required by law, policies that should be included as best practice, and policies and language that promote a school's mission and culture.

Week 3

Defining the Employment Relationship

Schools must clearly define the employment relationship and ensure proper payment of employees under the FLSA. With so many different categories of employees, it is important that key terms, documents and standards are established up front. Focus on the crucial steps to properly define the employment relationship and determine whether the employee should be given an employment contract or an offer letter, whether they are part-time or seasonal, or even independent contractors. Make sure employees are properly classified as exempt or nonexempt, and accurately record compensable hours, leave and overtime. Learn how to handle employees who work in multiple capacities to support the school and challenge your knowledge with a case study.

Week 4

Managing Paid and Unpaid Leave

Ensure an understanding of employee rights to leave and accommodations under FMLA, ADA and workers compensation laws. Discuss the school's obligations to provide a reasonable accommodation and explore what it means to engage in the interactive process in compliance with the ADA. Learn to manage the school's obligations under the FMLA including providing employees with notice of their rights, managing medical certifications and other FMLA forms, and how to properly track leave. Examine special FMLA rules for instructional employees including leave taken over the summer and leave taken toward the end of a school year. Test your knowledge with a quiz and case study.


SHRM Information

Credit Hours: 12

Category: Critical Evaluation

NBOA is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


HRCI Information

Credit Hours: 12

Category: HR (General)

NBOA is a recognized provider of recertification credits. HR Certification Institute® pre-approved this program for credits towards aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification.


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Oct 26 - Nov 20, 2020


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Time Commitment

3-5 hours per week for 4 weeks

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Class Size

Up to 40 participants

Recommended Audience

  • HR professionals
  • Business officers
  • Business office staff with HR responsibilities