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Upcoming Seminars and Events with Experienced Employment Law Attorneys

How to Handle an Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) Audit (Teleseminar)

When: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 2-3 pm

Nancy Joerg and Tony Caruso will explain, step by step, how to effectively deal with IDES auditors; how to properly and successfully represent independent contractor situations to an IDES hearing officer; how to handle and protest correspondence from the local IDES office; what clients should and should not include in independent contractor agreements and independent contractor files and exactly what to say and do.

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

Firing without Fear: Top Strategies to Protect Employers

When: Friday, February 23, 2018, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Hampton Inn (Quad City Airport), Illini/Hawkeye Room, 2450 69th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

Join employment lawyers Dick Wessels, Nancy Joerg, Joe Laverty and Tony Caruso for a special in-person breakfast seminar. 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. This seminar will cover Illinois and Iowa law.

Some of the areas the speakers will cover include:

  • Employment at will. 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 Jennifer Lage at [email protected]

How Employers Can Win Difficult Misconduct Hearings with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) (Teleseminar)

When: Thursday March 15, 2018, 2-3 pm

Join Wessels Sherman attorneys Nancy Joerg and Tony Caruso for a practical teleseminar about winning tips for Illinois Department of Employment Security unemployment insurance claims and hearings.

These two employment lawyers will cover:

  • New pro-business legislation that helps employers win IDES cases and hearings!
  • Strategies for employers who are protesting misconduct or voluntary leave cases.
  • Little known (and very important) exceptions to voluntary leave so employers can win!
  • How employers can prepare for unemployment insurance hearings...and WIN!
  • When is it worthwhile for employers to protest hearing decisions?

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

How to Properly Structure a Strong Independent Contractor Relationship (Teleseminar)

When: Thursday, May 10, 2018, 2-3 pm

Presented by Attorneys Nancy Joerg & Tony Caruso

A lot of money can be at stake in challenges to independent contractor status! Therefore, it is well worth your time to participate in this teleseminar if your company or your clients use independent contractors. This is a rare opportunity to gain valuable insight (and practical tips!) into the best ways to lower your liability in using independent contractors. Don't miss this fantastic teleseminar!

Some of the key areas covered include:

  • The importance of a good independent contractor agreement;
  • How to create independent contractor files to document independent contractor status;
  • How to structure the working relationship with the independent contractor;
  • What to do about workers compensation and independent contractors.

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