Advanced Human Resources Management
Fall 2020 Course: Employee Benefits
Registration is Open

Human Resources professionals have a significant responsibility to both employees and management. To help the organization thrive, it is important for HR practitioners to have a deep understanding of advanced human resources principles. The Advanced Human Resources Management professional certificate program is tailored to current HR managers interested in advancing their knowledge in key areas of Human Relations. These advanced courses are open to those who have already completed the Human Resources Management program with LMU Extension. 


  • Employee Benefits

    Prof. Kara Scamardo

    Th 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Video Conferencing Course

    Tuition: $485


  • Kara Scamardo, M.B.A., SHRM-CP

    Prof. Scamardo has significant experience at all levels within human resources, in teaching, and in support of the profession.  While moving up the management ladder, she honed her human resources skills in the medical, music, service, and finance fields while working with both unionized and non-unionized employees.  With Executive Management Committee experience at a multi-state employer, she brings to the table a wide skill-set including the application of the principles of strategy, policy development, and service delivery.  She especially enjoys the role of Employee Relations in ensuring the success of a business.  She founded Vital HR Consulting in 2003, which provides human resources guidance as well as benefits brokerage services. Her instructor experience comes from both in-house training and from eight years of instruction experience at Los Angeles Valley College.  She is a past member of the Executive Board of Directors of Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA) and a past District Chair of the Burbank and Glendale region. Prof. Scamardo holds the human resources certification of SHRM-CP and has an MBA. 


  • Students must complete a total of 6.0 semester hours in coursework with a letter grade of 'B-' or higher in each course to receive a certificate of completion. Please refer to the course catalog for required text, class meeting location, and other general information.

    Coursework: Successful completion of the 12-week Human Resources Management Certificate plus three of any courses classified INRX 801-841 (each course is 2.0 semester hours)

  • INRX 801
    Legal Issues in Human Resources
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course focuses on current important statutes, court cases and basic legal principles directly relating to Human Resources management, such as workplace privacy issues, recent federal and California employment discrimination rulings, exempt/non-exempt overtime rules, and workplace harassment. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 802
    Strategic Human Resources Management
    2.0 Semester Hours

    The course provides insights into a wide range of practical management subjects, and examines the evolution of Human Resources management, and its important role in today’s organizations. Topics include Human Resources management roles and authority, key HRM functions and successful management concepts, planning processes, profession software and applications, best practices and strategic decision-making. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management, and Performance Management

    INRX 803
    Recruiting, Interviewing, and Selection
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course explores recruitment and interviewing techniques, as well as budgeting job description writing, applicant assessment, background investigations, selection methods and physical exams, legislative mandates, diversity and discrimination issues, orienting new employee, retention techniques and other essentials. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 804
    Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course explores the history of labor unions and the collective bargaining process. Students will study the National Labor Relations Act, employer and employee unfair labor practices, union-free environments, California unions, dispute settlements and arbitration provisions, and the right to work statutes. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 805
    Employee Relations
    2.0 Semester Hours

    In this course, students will learn how to implement key employee relations programs and policies that support employee development and minimize liability. This course will provide students practical skills for developing onboarding programs, grievance procedures, and employee recognition programs. This course will also cover how to conduct a workplace investigation, document disciplinary action, manage the termination process, and perform an HR audit. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 807
    Employee Benefits
    2.0 Semester Hours

    Learn the keys elements to effective employee benefit plans. This course will provide students an understanding of the compliance regulations under the Affordable Care Act as it relates to small and large employers; practical skills for developing health and welfare benefits plans, retirement plans, and other cash and non-cash incentive plans; how to select the appropriate broker; and how to communicate employee benefits effectively.

    INRX 813
    Compensation Management
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course covers total compensation and cash compensation management. Topics include job analysis and job descriptions, incentive pay plans, executive compensation, salary surveys, and rewards and recognition programs. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 840
    Leave and Termination Management
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course examines best practices for coordination of job protection statutes with employer leave policies, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act, Workers’ Compensation. We will also review high-risk terminations and how to avoid related lawsuits. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management

    INRX 841
    Performance Management
    2.0 Semester Hours

    This course explores all aspects of performance management and principles, rewards and recognition programs, career planning, training and development, effective performance appraisal systems and proper feedback techniques, and how to avoid evaluator bias. Prerequisite: Human Resources Management