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      May 25, 2017 – The Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute is the preeminent conference for employment lawyers and human resource professionals. Frances Baillon, Joni Thome and Chris Jozwiak joined other leaders in employment law to discuss some of the most important legal issues confronting practitioners and their clients.

      May 25, 2017 – The Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute is the preeminent conference for employment lawyers and human resource professionals to gather and discuss the latest developments in employment law. The Institute, which is one of the largest and best-attended conferences of its type in the country, provides practitioners with up-to-date education and resources across the employment law field. Chris Jozwiak, Joni Thome and Frances Baillon joined other leaders in employment law to discuss some of the most important legal issues confronting practitioners and their clients.     

      Workplace bullying is a serious and on-going problem for employees and employers alike. Chris Jozwiak joined a distinguished panel of attorneys, including Sheila Engelmeier, Jessica Roe and Commissioner Kevin Lindsey of the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, for an in-depth discussion of the state of the law, practical advice for handling bullying cases and a look at what’s on the horizon legislatively in Minnesota and elsewhere.

      In another session, Joni Thome teamed with attorney Kate Mrkonich-Wilson to discuss recent developments concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act. Joni and Kate examined important cases practitioners should know and understand, as well as practical applications for both plaintiff and defense counsel.

      Finally, as companies increasingly use a variety of constructs to avoid liability for employment-related claims—including creating a parent-subsidiary, customer-staffing agency or franchisor-franchisee relationship or misclassifying employees as independent contractors—lawyers for employees are often forced to root out the true nature of the employment relationship first while prosecuting claims. Frances Baillon joined plaintiffs’ attorneys Leslie Lienemann and Justin Cummins to discuss best practices for investigating, pleading, pursuing discovery and otherwise litigating employer and employee identity cases.

      If you believe you have suffered workplace bullying, disability discrimination, or other forms of employment discrimination, the attorneys at Wanta Thome PLC are ready to discuss your potential case. Contact us by clicking here or calling us at 612-252-3570.