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Online Class

October 22 – November 26
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Judy Ratcliffe

Human Resources Professional Certificate Course: Employment & The Law

Focus on the legal aspects within HR Management including discrimination laws, Family and Medical Leave Acts, drugs and alcohol in the workplace, COBRA and ERISA, and positive labor relations laws.



Focus on the legal aspects within HR Management including discrimination laws, Family and Medical Leave Acts, drugs and alcohol in the workplace, COBRA and ERISA, and positive labor relations laws. Students may have an opportunity for experience-based information: handling an unemployment compensation case at the fact finding and appeal levels, preparing a CCHRO case, managing a worker’s compensation termination case, responding to a DOL wage audit, and responding to an attorney’s request for a personnel file.

Attendance is mandatory; one excused absence is allowed per course.

Who Should Enroll

The certificate is designed for professionals entering the HR field, entry- to mid-level managers, small business owners or anyone needing to brush up on their HR skills. New supervisors or managers looking to gain knowledge might benefit too.


Robert Noonan

Robert D. Noonan is an attorney and founder of Robert Noonan and Associates\ EmpACTS of New England – a legal services and human resources consulting firm that advises more than 8000 Connecticut employers and several trade associations on employer-employee issues

Prior to joining the firm, Bob served as Vice President and Counsel for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association. In that capacity, he was responsible for advising association members of the latest developments in workplace law and HR issues. In addition, Bob’s professional experience includes 20 years in Human Resources Management with Pitney Bowes Inc, and the Napier Co, an international manufacturing company. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law, as well as a Master’s Degree in industrial relations and a Master’s Degree in sociology.

Bob is the author of “An Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act” and “The HIPAA Privacy Rule: Understanding the Compliance Obligations of Group Health Plans and Health Care Providers.” He is a contributing author on disability law in “Cumulative Trauma Disorders”, a medical text, and writes on workplace issues for a variety of publications including the “Connecticut Law Tribune”. In addition, Bob has been featured in a number of publications including the Society for Human Resources Management’s Trends in Management (“Robert Noonan: Expert’s Viewpoint”), The New York Times, The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register, The Stamford Advocate, The New London Day, The Waterbury Republican and others. Additionally, he has appeared on several television programs concerning workplace issues.

He is a recognized conference speaker and has lectured both nationally and internationally on workplace issues and is frequently asked to conduct training sessions for some of the largest companies throughout the United States.

He is admitted to practice before the Connecticut superior courts and the federal district courts.


If this is an online class, students will need a computer with video and microphone.


Great class to take that has lots of knowledgable information on the law and employee rights – Joanne; Fall, 2022

“Excellent course; so much useful information. Bob was top notch!”  Fall, 2020

“Great class, great instructor!! Very informative. Great pace and format was perfect for working professionals. Thank you.”  Fall, 2020

“This program enhanced my knowledge in the Human Resources field and motivated me to seek positions of higher responsibilities.  The professors were true experts in their fields and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to attend these courses. “  Elizabeth R.

“I am now working in the Human Resource Department as the HR Associate.  In this role, I assist the department in onboarding and recruitment, training, benefits administration, and day to day operations.  It was a temp to hire position, and I started in June. As of next week, I will be an official employee! I am really enjoying it, and credit my studies at CCSU in helping me land this job; the courses were informative without being overwhelming, and the professors truly cared about students’ understanding and success. I keep in touch with many of the professors and my classmates!”  Andrea M.