Disciplining Public Safety Employees
When a municipality takes disciplinary action against police and fire personnel, it must navigate a web of procedural and substantive requirements, including those imposed by federal and state law, collective bargaining agreements, employment policies, and police and fire commission rules. Knowing these requirements and how they interact with one another is crucial to properly imposing discipline in a way that ensures fairness and limits a municipality’s liability. Join us as we explain the various legal considerations when disciplining public safety employees, and offer practical tips for obtaining the best possible outcome in such situations.
School Law: Handling Mental Health Issues
Prevent School Liability and Address the Unique Needs of All Students
Mental health issues in schools extend beyond special education classrooms, and each school professional needs to have a clear idea of what the law requires and how to comply with the plethora of regulations and procedures. In this engaging instruction, experienced practitioners will share their methods to prevent student neglect and discrimination, and their hard-won resolution approaches. Help every student get the best possible education with this focused school law guide to student mental health. Register today!
Current Hot Topics and HR Planning for the COVID Future
On October 15th, Attorneys Claire Hartley and Gary Ruesch will be presenting a webinar entitled “Current Hot Topics and HR Planning for the COVID Future” at the 2020 WASBO Fall Conference. They will discuss hot topics such as face mask policies, employee safety grievances, staff quarantines, and responding to employee leave, telework or other accommodation requests. And, they will discuss planning for the rest of the year and beyond, including how to effectively evaluate staff in a virtual or hybrid environment, preparing for potential non-renewals, and key contract provisions to include moving forward.
COVID-19 Issues in the Workplace Webinar
Employers of all sizes and in all industries are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. In this webinar we will address some of the most common COVID-19 workplace issues, such as employee leave and accommodation rights, considerations for remote working arrangements, maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, employers’ ability to screen and test employees, and the proper steps for responding to a positive COVID-19 case among your workforce. Join us as we explain employers’ legal obligations and offer practical tips for handling these and other human resources issues in these unique times.
2020-21 Back to School Webinar: Top Legal Issues
The start of the 2020-21 school year will be unlike any other! Is your school prepared? In this webinar, we will review the top legal issues that school officials should have on their radar going into the 2020-21 school year. The presenters will provide practical advice on topics such as school reopening protocol, mask requirements, virtual instruction, providing FAPE to children with disabilities, and employee leave under the FFCRA. There will be plenty of time for questions and group discussion.
Strengthen Your School’s IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights
IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren’t properly planned and carried out. Join Buelow Vetter Attorneys Gary Ruesch, Mary Gerbig, Claire Hartley and Alana Leffler for this comprehensive overview of legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school’s IEP and 504 plan process. Register today!
- Ensure students get the tools they need to succeed by properly determining if they are eligible for an IEP or a 504 plan.
- Implement legally appropriate 504 plans that ensure a level playing field for eligible students.
- Conduct IEP meetings that include all the necessary players, and know what to do if someone is unable to attend.
- Handle situations where an IEP just isn’t working and modifications are immediately needed.
- Create behavioral intervention plans that properly take into account the information contained in functional behavior assessments.
- Properly protect the legal rights of students with IEPs and 504 plans in situations where discipline codes are broken.
- Get a practical update on the new and emerging special education issues.
Harassment and Bullying
Attorneys Claire Hartley and Lisa Bergersen will present on Harassment and Bullying at the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Risk Management (WSHRM) Spring 2020 Conference. The event will be held at the Delafield Hotel in Delafield, Wisconsin.
Legal Update: How Can you Address Current Legal Issues?
Attorney Gary Ruesch and Attorney Alana Leffler will present “Legal Update: How Can You Address Current Legal Issues?” at the Cardinal Stritch University Principals’ Center Breakfast Series. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites, 1200 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005.
Wage and Hour Law Compliance: Best Practices and How to Avoid Mistakes
Attorneys Brett Schnepper and Claire Hartley will present best practices and how to avoid mistakes in wage and hour law compliance at the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators (WASPA) conference.
Least Restrictive Environment and Alternative Placements
Attorney Alana Leffler will present at the CESA #1 Legal Breakfast Series on the topic of Least Restrictive Environment and Alternative Placements.
Special Education Legal Potpourri
Attorneys Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler will present a special education legal update at the Marathon County 27th Annual EBD Institute. The event will be held at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Top 10 Student Safety and Discipline Pointers
Attorneys Gary Ruesch and Claire Hartley will present at the WSAA/WASB School Law Seminar on their Top 10 Student Safety and Discipline Pointers. The courts, statutes, and state and federal agencies provide the framework, but not all of the answers, to effectively enforcing school behavior and disciplinary policies. The presenters will review 10 best practices that pertain to discipline for conduct at another school or over the summer, monitoring social media, preventing classroom disruption, special protocols for harassment, bullying and Title IX situations, IDEA and Section 504 procedural checklists and strategies, avoiding disproportionality, the use and enforcement of temporary restraining orders, and more.
CESA 7 Law Day
A panel of Buelow Vetter attorneys will be the featured speakers for a half-day CESA 7 Law Day on February 11. The agenda is:
- 12:30 – 12:45 Registration
- 12:45 – 12:50 Welcome and Overview – Attorney Mary Gerbig
- 12:50 – 1:20 Top Tips and Traps for IDEA and Sec. 504 – Attorneys Alana Leffler and Mary Gerbig
- 1:20 – 1:40 Investigations and More Tips for Title IX, Pupil Nondiscrimination and Harassment Claims – Attorneys Brian Waterman and Alana Leffler
- 1:40 – 2:40 Sharing Information with Law Enforcement, SRO Agreements, Managing School Threats, Mandated Reporting and Discipline – Attorneys Alana Leffler, Saveon Grenell, Brett Schnepper and Mary Gerbig
- 2:40 – 2:50 Open Enrollment Update on Rule Changes – Attorney Mary Gerbig
- 2:50 – 3:00 Wage and Hour Update on Rule Changes – Attorney Brian Waterman
- 3:00 – 3:30 Panel Discussion – Attorneys Brian Waterman, Brett Schnepper, Saveon Grenell and Mary Gerbig
- 3:30 onward – Social and Networking
Legal Update and Social at WCASS Conference
Attorneys Gary Ruesch, Mary Gerbig, Claire Hartley and Alana Leffler will present a legal update at the WCASS Winter Conference, followed by a social for other attendees.
What Do You Do When?
Buelow Vetter is hosting a School Law program at the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) Convention. This program is designed to recommend how to respond to unexpected occurrences, requests or demands by students, parents, employees or the media. Mary Hubacher will chair a panel of Buelow Vetter attorneys – Mary Gerbig, Saveon Grenell, Claire Hartley and Alana Leffler – who will respond to potential scenarios you may face involving current school law “hot topics,” such as school safety, law enforcement, public records and privacy, student discipline and transgender student issues.
Attorney Gary Ruesch and Attorney Alana Leffler will present a Legal Update as part of the SPED Legal Breakfast Series on January 22, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at CESA #1 located at N25 W23131 Paul Road, Suite 100 Pewaukee, WI 53072. Please visit www.cesa1.k12.wi.us for more information.
Documenting and Maintaining Special Education Records and Disability Related Needs
Attorney Mary Gerbig will be speaking at CESA 2 for the RSN, Special Education and Speech Network regarding documenting and maintaining special education records and disability related needs.
Other Health Impairment and Sec. 504: Legal Issues for School Nurses
Attorney Mary Gerbig will speak at the CESA 6 Quarterly School Nurse Meeting in Oshkosh, WI at the CESA 6 Innovation Center on legal issues for school nurses. She will specifically focus on Other Health Impairments and Sec. 504.
Attorney Gary Ruesch and Attorney Alana Leffler will present SPED/504 Eligibility as part of the SPED Legal Breakfast Series on December 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. at CESA #1 located at N25 W23131 Paul Road, Suite 100 Pewaukee, WI 53072. Please visit www.cesa1.k12.wi.us for more information.
HR @ the Bar
Please join us for a relaxed networking/social event with other human resources professionals and business owners/leaders. You’ll learn a little more about what’s new in non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, severance agreements and other employment-related contracts, and spend the rest of the evening socializing and enjoying local craft beers at:
Raised Grain Brewing Co.
1725 Dolphin Drive, Suite B
Waukesha, WI 53186
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Registration and Social
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Discussion on Employment-related Contracts led by Attorneys Brian Waterman and Brett Schnepper
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Social/Networking
Register now for this fun and insightful event. There is no charge to attend this event and the first beer is on us for everyone who RSVPs! Space is limited so be sure to register soon.
- May 18, 2017: Attorney Joel Aziere and Attorney Suzanne Glisch presented "Getting Lost in the Weed: A Journey Through the Rapidly Changing World of Legalized Cannibis" at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Corporate Counsel in Elkhart Lake, WI.
- May 4, 2017: Attorney Gary Ruesch and Attorney Alana Leffler presented "Endrew F. and Top 10 Essentials Directors Need to Know Right Now" at the WCASS Spring Conference in Madison, WI.
- April 24, 2017: Attorney Robert Buikema presented "Trump's First 100 Days - Labor Law Developments, Trends and Predictions" at the CUE Conference in Newport Beach, California.
- April 17, 2017: Attorney Gary Ruesch and Attorney Alana Leffler presented "Legal Update for the Passionate Reflective Educator" as part of Cardinal Stritch University's Breakfast Series.
- April 13, 2017: Attorney Gary Ruesch presented “Current Issues in Educational Law” as part of Cardinal Stritch University’s Breakfast Conversation Series.
- April 6-7, 2017: Attorney Mark Olson presented"Off-Duty Misconduct and Teacher Contract Non-Renewal" during the Wisconsin Association of School Personnel Administrators (WASPA) Spring Conference.
- March 9-10, 2017: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented "Behavior Interventions, IEPs and FAPE: A View From Washington" during the 24th Annual Institute on Educating Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities in Wausau, WI.
- March 8, 2017: Gary Ruesch and Claire Hartley presented "Special Education Transportation" and participated in a panel discussion on best practices during the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials' Transportation & Bus Safety Conference in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- February 2, 2017: Renae Aldana and Alana Leffler presented "Legal Update: Education Cases Pention Before U.S. Supreme Court & Section 504 Update" during the WCASS Conference in Appleton, WI.
- January 28, 2017: Mark Olson presented "Constitutional Due Process Developments" during the ABA Labor Law Section Mid-Winter Meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
- January 19, 2017: Several attorneys presented during our School Law Program and Reception at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.
- December 16, 2016: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented "Charter School Law in Wisconsin" at the National Business Institute's seminar at the Holiday Inn Pewaukee-Milwaukee West.
- November 17, 2016: Joel Aziere and Alana Leffler presented "Social Media in the Employment Arena" during a Breakfast Briefing at the Majestic Theater in Waukesha.
- November 12, 2016: Mark Olson presented "Off-Duty Conduct of State and Local Government Employees" at the 10th Annual American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Conference in Chicago, IL.
- October 14, 2016: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented "Legal Update for Administrators" at the Archdiocesan Education Convention at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI.
- October 13-14, 2016: Alana Leffler co-presented "What School Board Members Need to Know About a District's Special Education Obligations" at the WSAA/WASM School Law Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- October 13, 2016: Gary Ruesch presented "The Ethics of Negotiations" at the WSAA/WASB School Law Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- October 8, 2016: Mark Olson participated in a panel presentation to The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers Fall Law School Program in Chicago, IL.
- September 19, 2016: Susan Love and Brett Schnepper presented "Navigating the ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation Laws" during a Breakfast Briefing at the Majestic Theater in Waukesha.
- June 23, 2016: Matthew Flanary presented "Affordable Care Act for Municipal Employers" from 8:30-10:00 a.m. and from 10:15-11:45 a.m. for the League of Wisconsin Municipalities—Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Institute, held at the Heidel House in Green Lake, WI.
- April 22, 2016: Mary Hubacher and Nancy Pirkey presented "Trends in Labor and Employment Law for Municipal Employers" at the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin Spring 2016 Conference, held at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, WI.
- May 5, 2016: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented at the Wisconsin Council of Administrators for Student Services, Spring 2015 Conference, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Madison, WI. Mary Hubacher will also present "Challenging Behaviors, Discipline and the Law" on Thursday May 5.
- May 15, 2016: Rob Buikema presented "Ask The Expert—An Overview of Recent Developments in Labor Law" at the CUE—Positive Employee Relations conference on Sunday May 15 in Orlando, Florida.
- April 14, 2016: Gary Ruesch facilitated a discussion "Essential Question: Current Educational Law—What do we need to know?" for Cardinal Stritch Unversity's Breakfast Conversation Series.
- March 15, 2016: Gary Ruesch presented "How to Provide Legally Defensible Services: Point-Counter-Point" at the CESA #1 special education event in Pewaukee, WI.
- February 25, 2016: Joel Aziere presented "NLRB – Understanding the Evolving Landscape" at the MRA's Annual Federal and Wisconsin Employment Law Update, held in Milwaukee, WI.
- February 24, 2016: Gary Ruesch joined Lynn Boreson for a Point Counter-Point presentation at the 23rd Annual EBD Institute, held at the Westwood Conference Center in Wausau, WI. The event was sponsored by Marathon County Special Education.
- February 3, 2016: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented "Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students" at the WCASS Winter Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin.
- January 22, 2016: Mark Olson will present "Procedural Due Process Issues and Decisions" to the ABA Labor Law Midwinter Conference in New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the ABA Web site >
- January 21, 2016: 2016 School Law Program & Reception, coinciding with the 2016 School Board Winter Conference. Sessions included "Retiree Health Insurance Issues" (Matthew Flanary and Kevin Pollard), "Transgender Nondiscrimination" (Mark Olson and Alana Leffler), and "Individual Contracts/Teachers/Administrators" (Dan Vliet and Gary Ruesch).
- January 8, 2016: Matthew Flanary presented "ACA Refresher for 2016" to the Municipal Employers Association of Southeast Wisconsin.
- November 13, 2015: Gary Ruesch and Alana Leffler presented "Emerging Legal Issues in 2015-16" at the CESA #1 Statewide School-Based OT/PT Conference in the Wisconsin Dells.
- October 15, 2015: Dan Vliet presented "Saying Goodbye: Law and Strategy for Managing Resignations, Buyouts and Retirements" at the 2015 WSAA/WASB Employment & School Law Seminar held in Madison, WI.
- October 15, 2015: Mary Hubacher presented "What's Trending with Federal and State Agencies on Student Discrimination Issues?" at the 2015 WSAA/WASB Employment & School Law Seminar held in Madison, WI.
- October 10, 2015: Mark Olson presented on a panel at the 7th Circuit Fellows' Fall Program for Law Students, "Transitioning to Practice: Getting Noticed, Getting Hired, and Being Successful"—at the Chicago office of Winston and Strawn LLP, in Chicago.
- July 29-31, 2015: Gary Ruesch presented "Results Driven Accountability: What Should Districts Do in 2015-16 and Beyond?" as part of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) Legal Seminar, held July 29-31 at the Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
- July 28, 2015: Nancy Pirkey provided an "FLSA Update" at the Master Academy of Civic and Public Affairs sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
- July 14, 2015: Alana Leffler presented "Section 504: An Overview and Practice Tips for Avoiding Compliance Mistakes" at the Waukesha School District Section 504 staff inservice.
- July 13, 2015: Nancy Pirkey presented "Basic Employment Law for Municipal Officials" at the Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Institute in Green Bay, WI.
- June 16, 2015: Matthew Flanary presented "Affordable Care Act for Municipal Employers" as part of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' 2015 Clerks, Treasurers & Finance Officers Institute in Oshkosh, WI.
- June 5, 2015: Mark Olson and Alana Leffler presented "Top Things A Beginning Principal Should Know" to future Wisconsin School Administrators, through the Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
- May 17, 2015: Mark Olson will be 50th Anniversary School Commencement speaker at University School of Milwaukee.