Webinar Dates:
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 1:00 to 2:00 PM


$100 for each Webinar
$300 for all four Webinars


Participants will receive log-in information and written materials prior to each event.


Claire Heitman 
Wessels Sherman 

2019 Webinar Series - Preventing Employee Abuse 

Join Attorney James Sherman for a four-part series of fast-paced, highly informative one-hour webinars and learn how to prevent employee abuse of employment rights most commonly encountered by employers.

Employers recognize that they must respect employment laws that give workplace rights to their employees.  However, when an employee exceeds these rights employers must recognize and assert their own rights or face ongoing abuse along with the detrimental impact it can bring to their operations and morale of other employees.  This four-part series is designed to provide management with a workable understanding of where to lawfully draw the line between employee and employer rights, and when and how to invoke their rights to manage their workforce.

Webinar Schedule:

Thursday, January 24  – How to Prevent Abuse of Claims for “Excused” Absences (everything from FMLA/PTOW/Voting/Sick and Safe Leave)

This session will examine the limits of employee entitlements to be absent from work as protected under various laws (e.g. FMLA, PTOW, Sick/Safe Leave). Knowing these limits will assist employers in complying with their legal obligations to grant employee’s time off work, where appropriate, while also preventing abuses of these well-intended laws.

 Wednesday, February 27 – How to Prevent Abuse of Requests for “Unreasonable” Accommodations

A study of best practices to ensure that accommodation requests are properly handled within your organization, and when and how employers may be justified in denying an accommodation. This session will assess developing case law on leaves of absence as an accommodation; when employers may assert “undue hardship”; and accommodations that may pose risks of injury such that they are unreasonable.

 Wednesday, March 27 – How to Prevent Abuse from “Protected” Individuals, Out of Fear of Retaliation Claims

A common misconception managers often have is that employees who engage in “protected activity” (e.g. complain of discrimination, harassment, or “blow the whistle”) are virtually “untouchable.” To be sure these situations call for careful handling, but just as employers are not above the law neither are employees who assert legal rights. This session is designed to give employers an understanding of where the law’s protections against retaliation end and where employers’ rights begin, along with how management can best exercise their rights in these touchy circumstances.

Wednesday, April 24 – How to Document a Fool-Proof Path to Discharging Even the Most Difficult Employee

This is a hands-on, workshop-like format designed to provide employers with practical examples, advice and best practices for documenting employee discipline, from the early stages through the ultimate form of discipline – termination of employment – when called for. Participants will receive sample forms and specific examples for documenting some of the more common types of misconduct and performance issues.

Continuing Education Credit Available:

This program has been submitted for approval for 1 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward a PHR™, PHRŽ, PHRcaŽ, SPHRŽ, GPHRŽ, PHRi™ and SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification InstituteŽ (HRCIŽ) - one hour for each webinar.

This program has been submitted for approval for 1 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. Wessels Sherman is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM - one hour for each webinar

1 hour of CPE credit available 

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

Program Learning Objectives

This event is designed for business owners, executives, human resource professionals, managers, supervisors, controllers & accountants. Attendees will gain an understanding of: how to prevent employee abuse of employment rights.

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--Internet based offering.
  • A telephone and computer are required for participation.
  • For information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact Claire Heitman at (952) 746-1700