Legal Seminar for Experienced HR Practitioners 2018

WASPA is pleased to offer the first annual Legal Seminar for Experienced HR Practitioners August 6 and 7 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay.  The event covers everything you need to know about labor and employment law for the start of another school year.  This conference is geared to the experienced practitioner, so attorneys can take a deeper dive into their topics. WASPA has applied for 7 CLE credits for this conference.

Join us Monday afternoon from 4:00 to 5:30 for a panel presentation by 5 attorneys who will share personnel scenarios for table discussion and then “You make the call.”  The session will be followed by a two-hour social on the outdoor patio so you can soak up the sun and beautiful Door County scenery. 

Tuesday’s Seminar will begin with breakfast at 7:15 and include 5 sessions ending at 4:00 p.m.   The sessions provide great opportunities to learn from attorneys about Equal Pay/Gender Equity/Sexual Harassment, Employment Contracts, Employee Mental Health Issues, Investigating Employee Misconduct, and  Legal Updates - Recent Developments and Reminders.  The final session will be a panel presentation by the five attorneys on hot topics you need to be aware of before you begin another school year. The panel will answere questions from the audience.

Any employee of a WASPA member district is treated as a "member" for registration and fee purposes.  There is no charge for retired WASPA members.

Room rates at Stone Harbor are $82 per night. Their reservation number is 877-746-0700. Be sure to mention WASPA for a discounted room rate.

Even though it's hard to take time away from our busy schedules in the office, this time to network and learn with peers is invaluable!  Join us for the opportunity to learn from the shakers and movers in the state and share your experiences with your fellow educators.

If time permits, plan to arrive early or stay over an additional night to enjoy the Door County attractions including beaches, golf courses, museums, wineries and shops.  

WASPA Legal Seminar for Experienced HR Practitioners

Stone Harbor photo

Monday evening, August 6 - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Stone Harbor Resort
107 N. 1st Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI  54235

Call for Reservations

877-746-0700    Mention WASPA for a discounted room rate  -- Deadline July 16 


$82 Single

Dress Code
Resort Casual




Monday, Aug 6

3:30 - 4:00 Registration  
4:00 - 5:30

"You Make The Call"
A panel of five attorneys will present personnel scenarios for table discussion and then share best practice after each table has "made the call."

5:30 - 7:30

Social on outdoor patio

7:30 Dinner on Your Own  

Tuesday, Aug 7

7:15 Breakfast   
8:00 Welcome and Introductions  

Equal Pay/Gender Equity/Sexual Harassment
Gary Ruesch, attorney with Buelow, Vetter, Buikema, Olson & Vliet​, LLC

School Districts are on the forefront of most cutting-edge legal issues.  The #MeToo awakening is no exception.   This presentation will explore the scope of potential liability for sexual harassment and related gender equity situations. The presentation will also address equal pay claims that have arisen more frequently against individually tailored salary systems developed pursuant to Act 10.  Most importantly, Gary will suggest practices, training, and policies to avoid organizational and personal liability.


School District Employment Contracts
Kirk Strang, attorney with 
Strang, Patteson, Renning,Lewis & Lacy, s.c.

Individual contracts are more important than ever in a post-Act 10 world.  Human Resources officials must consider a variety of relatively new and, at times, challenging issues:  what has to be in an individual teacher or administrator contract, who should be provided with individual employment contracts, how should contract termination and nonrenewal be addressed in the body of the contract (if at all), how do individual contracts account for layoffs and layoff procedures, and any number of other important questions.  Managing a workforce with individual employment contracts often involves any number of procedural issues as well, such as nonrenewal procedures under state law, and companion provisions of the employee handbook and board policy. Now more than ever, school employment contracts provide no room for error.  This section provides a detailed review of legal and practical problems related to school employment contracts, together with answers and options for the experienced school human resource professional.

10:00 Break/Check-out  

Employee Mental Health Issues: The law, the Symptoms and Appropriate HR Responses
Mary Gerbig, attorney with 
Davis & Kuelthau, s.c.

One in four people is likely to experience a mental health issue in the course of their lifetime. The law and society increasingly expect HR to identify, diagnose and respond to a myriad of employee mental health challenges in the workplace. This session will address employee and employer rights and obligations under the various laws addressing mental health issues and employer strategies and responses for managing the workplace. The session will also address confidentiality, the use of fitness for duty, FMLA, ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act in the process of retaining or severing employment.   


11:30 Lunch  

The Investigation Process:  Why Play Checkers When You Can Play Chess?
Jim Korom, attorney with 
von Briesen & Roper, s.c., 

Many Districts approach investigations with a “one-size-fits-all” system, which works well for most cases.  This session will examine difficult problems arising during a more complex misconduct investigation, including how to coordinate the investigation with law enforcement to maximize your leverage, options about when and how to report alleged child abuse, handling requests for representation by an employee, avoiding claims of Arrest and Conviction Discrimination, when and how to remove the accused employee from the workplace (with or without pay), and the proper use of surveillance tools.


Legal Updates – Recent Developments and Reminders 
Mike Julka, attorney with Boardman & Clark. LLP

Despite best efforts, it is virtually impossible for even experienced HR practitioners to stay totally current on the many judicial, regulatory, and statutory developments that affect employment and employment practices in Wisconsin school districts.  This session will supplement the four previous sessions by emphasizing recent developments and reminders that will assist HR personnel in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year.  It will also, hopefully, provoke questions and subjects for comment at the panel discussion which is to immediate follow the presentation.  Employment relations, labor relations, and constitutional updates, with reminders interposed, will be the focus. 


Attorney Panel Legal Updates/Stump the Attorney

The panel of five attorneys will share additional critical legal updates and answer questions from the audience.   

3:45 Adjourn  
Legal Seminar for Advanced HR Practitioners  
First-time WASPA Member 1 $175
University/College/Career Placement Staff 2 $175
WASPA Member 3 $200
WASPA Non-Member 4 $300


1 - First Time WASPA Member

Price Paid: $150.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$150.00 Monday, July 16, 2018
$100.00 Monday, July 23, 2018

2 - College/University/Career Placement Staff

Price Paid: $175.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$175.00 Monday, July 16, 2018
$125.00 Monday, July 23, 2018


3 - WASPA Member

Price Paid: $200.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$200.00 Monday, July 16, 2018
$150.00 Monday, July 23, 2018


4 - WASPA Non-Member

Price Paid: $300.00
Refund If Cancelled By
$300.00 Monday, July 16, 2018
$250.00 Monday, July 23, 2018


All conference registration cancellations must be made no later than July 23, 2018.  Cancellations received after that date will be refunded  $50 of their registration fee.

Please contact us at to advise of cancellations.




There are no breakout sessions at this conference that require pre-registration.


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