Mid-America School Law Conference

April 27, 2016 8:30 am–April 27, 2016 3:45 pm
Rockford Christian School, 1401 N Bell School Rd, Rockford IL 61107

Human Resources/Employment Law and Other Laws that Impact School Operations

Thomas J. Cathey, EdD, ACSI Director for Legal Legislative Issues, will be covering all areas of Human Resource and Employment Law. This includes all the procedures of the hiring and dismissal process. We will discuss the application, interview, and contract process and how to do it legally. We will also discuss student laws, federal laws, transportation laws, and other laws that impact the school operation. This six-hour conference includes a 500-page manual with valuable resources.  


Registration  8:30 AM

Conference   8:45 AM – 3:45 PM  


$135 per attendee (includes lunch and School Law Manual)

$65 per additional attendee from same school (no manual)


Holiday Inn Express, 7552 Rock Valley Pkwy, Loves Park IL 61111

$89 discounted rate

Reservation deadline 4/16/16

Call 815.654.4100

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