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Keeping Your Clinic In Line With The Times: Effective Employment Policies and Strategies For Implementing Them - Part 1
Friday, May 11, 2018, 09:00am - 04:45pm
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Contact or (608) 257-3665


Facilitated by attorneys from DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, s.c., attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to address issues faced in the veterinary clinic on a daily basis. 

 Facilitators: Jordan Rohlfing, JD
Stephen DiTullio, JD
 CE Credits: 8 non-scientific
Location:  Chula Vista Resort
2501 River Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965


   1 Day Only 2 Day
 WVMA Member Rate  $130  $225
 Non-Member Rate  $200  $370
WVMA membership is available for all clinic employees. To receive the member rate, become a member today! 

Part 1 registration deadline: May 1
No refunds after this date
Part 2 registration deadline: November 2
No refunds after this date
Parts 1 & 2 registration deadline: May 1
No refunds after this date


8:30 am - Registration

Introduction to Employee Handbooks

Introductory remarks will focus on the reasons to implement an Employee Handbook, updating and modifying policies, necessary disclaimers, securing employee signatures acknowledging Handbook receipt, and other related general issues.

Alcohol and Drug Policies and Testing

This session will discuss the need for a policy to be included in the Employee Handbook addressing a drug-free workplace, the different types of drug and alcohol testing that employers can adopt, and which testing is recommended at a Veterinary Clinic. The key components from an alcohol and drug testing process will be addressed in detail.

Pregnancy/Maternity/Paternity Policies

Employers not covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act have discretion to determine what type, if any, of a pregnancy, maternity, and/or paternity policy to implement. In this session, sample pregnancy, maternity, and paternity policies will be discussed. This session will also address pregnancy discrimination.

Other Key Handbook Policies

 Certain critical policies that should be included in an Employee Handbook will be discussed, including an Equal Employment Opportunity Statement, benefits section, disciplinary policy, and other important policies to protect the veterinary clinic and/or to enhance employee communications.

Sexual Harassment, Other Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Policies and Critical Issues

With the significant media focus on workplace sexual harassment, it has become increasingly important for employers to understand the legal landscape regarding this important issue. This session will review the legal definitions of sexual harassment, and will also review the various protected classes under applicable federal, state, and local laws that prohibit harassment and discrimination for other protected classes as well. A sample policy will be presented and discussed.

How to Conduct Workplace Investigations

This session will focus on practical recommendations for conducting and managing workplace investigations, particularly in regard to employee misconduct such as harassment and discrimination. The need to document during an investigation will be an issue of discussion, but more importantly, how to document will be addressed in significant detail. Attendees will leave this session with a fundamental understanding of the investigatory process and related issues.

Social Media Policies

This session will address strategies for engaging with the various types of social media being used in workplaces. A sample Social Media Policy will be presented and discussed. The session will also address how to address messy social media situations as they arise.

 4:30 pm - Adjourn


Location Chula Vista Resort, 2501 River Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
4610 S. Biltmore Lane, Suite 107
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 257-3665
Fax: (608) 257-8989

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