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    The Strategic Use of Severance and Release Agreements

    Date: January 11, 2017, 8:00am – 9:30am
    Guardian Angels Senior Services, 508 Freeport Avenue NW Suite A, Elk River MN
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    North Star SHRM will be hosting a seminar titled: The Strategic Use of Severance and Release Agreements.  It will be held at Guardian Angels Senior Services Corporate Offices (508 Freeport Avenue NW, Elk River) on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 8 am to 9:30 am. All North Star SHRM members are invited to attend.  In addition, all Elk River, Monticello, and I-94 West Chamber members are invited to attend.  There is no cost to attend.

    The target audience for this seminar is HR professionals and any small business owners.  Are you thinking about terminating an employee?  Few employment decisions create more anxiety or legal risk than a termination.

    A powerful tool in reducing the anxiety and legal risk is a severance and release, provided it is used strategically and the agreement is legally-compliant.  The course will discuss the strategies and practicalities of using severance and release agreements, including when and how to use the agreements, legal requirements, and potential pitfalls.

      Learning objectives are:

    • Understand the strategic reasons for, and pros and cons of, offering severance and release agreements when terminating an employee.
    • Learn the legal requirements for an enforceable severance and release agreement.
    • Learn practical strategies for how to successfully use and present severance and release agreements

    This seminar will be presented by Bob Boisvert.  Bob is a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron and a certified Labor & Employment Law Specialist with 31 years of employment law experience.


    Bob has been described as “extremely grounded and practical” and as “a practical, articulate and creative practitioner with a broad spectrum of experience in labor and employment…[and] a strong reputation for his work on hiring and firing, harassment and discipline…” (Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013, 2011).


    Bob counsels employers and executives on a wide range of employment issues, including Leaves of Absence, disabilities and reasonable accommodations, employee handbooks, employment contracts, and non-competition and confidentiality agreements.  Bob also trains employers and supervisors on disciplinary documentation, harassment prevention and employment law compliance.  Bob is also a member of the Health Law Group and represents a number of medical providers on employment law issues.


    Bob has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Super Lawyers since 1999, is ranked by Chambers USA, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.