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James B. Sherman, Esq.
JAMES B. SHERMAN is the President and CEO of Wessels Sherman. He has over 20 years of experience counseling businesses and acting as lead counsel in complex litigation involving all aspects of human resource and workplace law.  Mr. Sherman has successfully litigated many ground-breaking and precedent-setting federal and state court cases, and has represented employers of all sizes before a wide array of federal and state administrative agencies in over 20 states. He has also arbitrated many cases under union labor agreements as well as non-union employment contracts.

Chad A. Staul, Esq.
CHAD A. STAUL is a Senior Attorney in Wessels Sherman's Minnesota office. He focuses his practice on employment litigation, representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as before the EEOC and other federal, state and local agencies. He has defended employers against claims involving workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour claims, common law tort claims, and breach of contract, including claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

Phoebe A. Taurick, Esq.
PHOEBE A. TAURICK is an Associate Attorney in Wessels Sherman's Minnesota office. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and both State and Federal courts in Minnesota. Her practice is focused on representing management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including NLRB and other state and federal agency matters. During law school, Phoebe concentrated her studies in the field of labor and employment law and gained valuable experience while serving as an intern with the EEOC and a public sector labor organization. Additionally, she received the BNA-ABA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law.


Julie Summer 
Wessels Sherman 


Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, October 9, 2014


$75 First Person
$50 Second Person & More from Same Company


Duluth, MN
St. Cloud, MN
Winona, MN
Minnetonka, MN

Program Learning Objectives

This event is designed for Management Representatives, Human Resource professionals and Accounting professionals. Attendees will gain an understanding of: unique court decisions affecting employers; laws specific to Minnesota and best practices; sample policies that can be used and tailored to the workplace.

Program Level/Prerequisites/Preparation:

  • This program is considered a basic or introductory level program, with no prerequisites or advanced preparation required.
  • This program is considered a “Group-Live” offering.
  • For information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact Julie Kruse at 952.746.1700.

Join experienced Wessels Sherman Attorneys at one of several seminars around the state of Minnesota designed especially for Minnesota employers!

In recent sessions the Minnesota legislature made sweeping changes to a wide variety of workplace laws that are sure to have a profound impact on employee relations. Attendees will receive valuable information, forms, and best practices to deal with these new laws, most notably:

  • The Women's Economic Security Act (WESA). This new law drastically changes employers' obligations regarding:
    - Pregnant workers
    - Parental leave
    - Nursing mothers
    - Sick leave
  • Medicinal Marijuana
    - Impacts on drug/alcohol testing policies
    - Accommodation issues
  • Minimum wage increase and other nuanced wage and hour laws specific to Minnesota
  • Ban-the-Box arrest/conviction records for job applicants
  • Minnesota Whistleblower Act changes, making it easier for employees to "blow the whistle" on their employers
  • Minnesota Human Rights Act, significant changes affecting how discrimination claims are decided
  • And more of the latest developments in Minnesota employment law

Locations in:

  • Duluth (Friday, September 12, 2014) - Comfort Suites, 408 Canal Park Drive, Duluth, MN 55802
  • St. Cloud (Wednesday, September 17, 2014) - Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 100 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301
  • Winona (Thursday, October 2, 2014) - The Plaza Hotel & Suites, 1025 Highway 61 East, Winona, MN 55987
  •  Minnetonka (Thursday, October 9, 2014) - Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305


  • 8:00-8:30am:     Registration/Continental Breakfast

  • 8:30-8:45am:     Introduction on recently enacted legislation

  • 8:45-9:30am:     New WESA Law
    Discuss Minnesota's new wide-ranging law affecting everything from pregnancy discrimination to how you administer parental and sick leave policies 

  • 9:30-10:00am:   Medical Marijuana Impacts on Employers
    Discuss medical marijuana and its impact on drug free workplace and testing policies and its interplay with reasonable accommodations

  • 10:00-10:15am:     Break

  • 10:15-11:00am:   Minnesota Wage/Hour and Hiring Practices
    Discuss minimum wage increases, ban-the-box and how to deal with arrest and convication records

  • 11:00-11:45am: Minnesota Whistleblower Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act
    Discuss the recent expansion of these laws and how to recognize these new protections

  • 11:45am-12:00pm: Questions and Answers

Who should attend?

Business owners, executives, human resource professionals, attorneys, accountants, managers, and supervisors from every industry!

3.25 (General) HRCI Credits Approved.

The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

3.25 CPE (Personnel) Credits Available.

NASBAWessels Sherman is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.  State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.  Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

3.25 (Standard) MN CLE Credits Approved.