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Lessons from the Trenches: Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits

  • 02 May 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham St., Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor


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Thursday, May 2, 2019

      8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Check-In & Networking
             8:30 AM - 8:40 AM Welcome New Members & Guests

             8:40 AM - 8:50 AM Chapter Business / Legislative Update
             8:50 AM - 9:00 AM Sponsor
             9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Program

TOPIC:  Lessons from the Trenches:  Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits

Approved for 1.50 SHRM PDC's, HRCI credits pending

Mark Whitney will be presenting a series of strategies and tips for employers to avoid situations that often result in employee lawsuits.  Mark will cull these tips and strategies from his 27 years of “20-20 hindsight” gained from litigating, strategizing, investigating, and trying cases in the employment law realm.  This is a great opportunity to learn from the mistakes of other employers! 

Topics will include:

  • Tips to avoid ending up in court
  • Avoid creating situations that will interest plaintiffs’ lawyers
  • Managing situations to increase the chance you will prevail, if litigation is necessary
  • Understanding the practical realities of litigation
  • What causes employees to call a plaintiffs’ lawyer?
  • Who are jurors, how do they think, and what do they think of employers?
  • Strategies to create better documents
  • When to call a lawyer for help
  • Mastering compliance with legal duties to turn the tables in difficult situations
  • And tips on hiring, performance management, internal complaint handling, investigations, and termination

Our Speaker: Mark Whitney

Mark Whitney -- the founder of Whitney Law Group, LLC, a law firm focusing on employment law and civil litigation.  WLG is an innovative type of law firm that leverages technology to enable its lawyers and paraprofessionals to work together virtually.  WLG’s flexible environment provides its staff the ability to work where they want, when they want, without being bothered by office politics, “face time,” billing requirements, and commuting.  This environment results in a happier and dedicated team whose sole focus is on exceptional quality work product and exceeding clients’ expectations.

Mark has focused on employment law and a wide variety of complex commercial litigation for the past 27 years.  He spent the vast majority of his practice representing employers and insurance companies. While WLG still represents employers, the firm also represents executives and individual plaintiffs.  WLG assists individuals who may have been subjected to an adverse employment action and prosecutes claims based on unlawful discrimination and other employment-related claims.  WLG counsels executives on a variety of workplace matters, and also provides individuals with an affordable, fixed-price approach to restrictive covenant matters.  This unique approach is designed to give individuals a fighting chance to challenge overbroad or unfair post-employment non-compete agreements and other restrictions. 

WLG has offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York City, and is on the web at;; phone 781-631-4400 Ext. 101.

Our Sponsor:

Julie Gershon is President of Unique Benefits Group and an employee benefits and identity theft Specialist with LegalShield (independent associate).  Over the past 19 years, she has been offering legal and identity theft monitoring and restoration plans nationwide to individuals, families, and companies.

 Unexpected legal and identity theft issues arise every day. With LegalShield and IDShield, employees have the power to access advice and comprehensive services as a voluntary employee benefit at no cost to the company.

 Due to the rapidly growing threat of identity theft, Julie has become very involved in educating employees through Identity Theft Awareness Seminars.  She has presented her seminar to dozens of companies and social organizations throughout New England, including for high school students, job seekers, and seniors.

Julie is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with a B.A. in Legal Studies and a Minor in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  She has worked in the legal industry for over 25 years.  She can be reached at 978-658-4235 (direct) or 800-320-3220.  E-mail: Website:

LOCATION: Comfort Home Care, 147 Pelham Street, Methuen, MA 01844 - 2ND Floor - IMPORTANT NOTE:  Please be sure to park in the side parking lot to the left of the building and not in the front spaces. - Thank you for your cooperation!


More information and online registration:

Lessons from the Trenches: Tips and Strategies to Avoid Employee Lawsuits

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For more information:

Contact: Lisa Lemieux, PHR, SHRM-CP
Phone: 978-204-3207


183 Rockingham Rd., Ste 2 East

c/o Landmark Benefits

Windham, NH 03087



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