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Upcoming Seminars and Events with Experienced Employment Law Attorneys

Yes, You Can Fire A High-Risk Employee Safely: Here's How!

When: Thursday August 17, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Wessels Sherman attorneys Nancy Joerg and Tony Caruso
will give strategies in this teleseminar about how to fire employees who are: litigious, disabled, out on workers' comp, over 40 years of age, pregnant, hyper-sensitive, in minority racial and ethnic group, etc. We will offer ways to dramatically lower the risk for your Company in terminating these high-risk employees.

Questions? Contact Tammy Nelson at (630) 377-1554 or by email at

Avoid Legal Mistakes in Onboarding!

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

You're looking for the "perfect" future employee - how do you make sure that you avoid legal mistakes in the hiring process? Join attorneys Nancy Joerg and Tony Caruso in this brand new teleseminar to learn the basics, including:

  • Job applications with legal questions;
  • Interviews that don't backfire;
  • Offer letters to protect the Company;
  • Background checks that comply with the law.

Developing the Best Employee Handbooks for Illinois Employers
What to Policies to Include (and Why)!!

When: Thursday November 9, 2017, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Have you ever wondered if your employee handbook is really up to date and complete? Are you in the process of re-writing your handbook and you're not sure what you should, or should not, include? This teleseminar presented by attorneys Nancy Joerg and Tony Caruso will answer these an many other questions.

All registrants will receive a free copy of the WESSELS SHERMAN MODEL EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK FOR ILLINOIS EMPLOYERS especially created for Illinois employers. It contains effective and up-to-date workplace policies to help you avoid costly lawsuits!

Firing without Fear: Top Strategies to Protect Employers

When: Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Lower Level Conference room, 2075 Foxfield Rd., St. Charles, Illinois

Join highly experienced Wessels Sherman employment lawyers Dick Wessels, Nancy Joerg, Joe Laverty and Tony Caruso for a special in-person breakfast seminar. Many exciting raffle prizes too!

Employers, accountants and members of company management will gain valuable information and strategies on how to fire employees and dramatically minimize the risk (and expense) of a lawsuit.

Some of the areas the speakers will cover include:

  • Employment at will in Illinois. How you fire, what specific words you say when you fire, how much latitude employers have, the strategy of saying the decision is final. What should (and should not) occur in the termination meeting.
  • How to strategically terminate if the employee is high risk in any way due to age, sickness, workers' comp pregnancy, out of FMLA, whistleblower, race, disability, etc.
  • Use of documentation and discipline - what and what not to write and do!
  • When is the use of release and settlement agreements appropriate? What should you do (and not do) in a release. Tricky situations such as group terminations and employees over the age of 40. Can you ensure that the employee won't file for unemployment? How do you fire and also win at misconduct hearings.

Questions? Contact Lisa Narug at