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Business Law for Managers

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Learn about your legal responsibilities as a manager. Discover what you need to know about basic US business and intellectual property law.

Did you know that you have legal responsibilities as a manager? Even if you work with a corporation, you can still be held personally liable for certain legal violations. While you don't need to possess a deep understanding of the law to succeed as a manager, familiarizing yourself with current business laws can help you avoid sticky situations. In this course, learn what you need to know about US business and intellectual property law as a manager working within a business setting. Legal expert Jo-Ná Williams discusses how to protect yourself and your company—and know when to bring in the legal eagles. Learn the difference between copyright, trademark, and patent law; what constitutes wrongful discrimination and termination; the differences between business law and business ethics; and more.


  • Business law: Your new favorite subject
  • Legal disclaimer
1. Business Law Basics
  • Areas of business law
  • Intellectual property
  • Employment law 101
  • Torts and the court system
2. Your Role as a Manager
  • Your responsibilities on behalf of the company
  • How to recognize and mitigate risks
  • Potential personal liability: How to prevent it
  • When to bring in a legal professional
3. The Ins and Outs of Liability
  • Wrongful discharge
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
4. Business Ethics
  • The business law and ethics overlap
  • What to do when facing an ethical dilemma
  • How to protect the company and yourself from liability
5. The Corporate Veil
  • What is the corporate veil?
  • The corporate veil and corporate wrongdoing
  • The corporate veil and your role as manager
  • For more information

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Jo-Ná Williams

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