Richard F. Verstegen

Rick Verstegen is a partner with Boardman & Clark LLP in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a member of the School Law Practice Group and the Labor and Employment Group at the firm. Rick has extensive experience advising and representing public and private employers on labor and employment matters that include investigations, wage and hour, leaves of absences, privacy, discrimination, records, immigration, labor relations, contracts, and handbooks. Rick regularly provides training on these issues, conducts compliance reviews, drafts and negotiates contracts, prepares opinions, analyzes legislation, and represents clients in various proceedings before state and federal agencies.

  • Partner with Boardman & Clark, LLP of Madison, Wisconsin
  • School Law Practice Group and Labor and Employment Group
  • Represents educational institutions in a variety of education law matters
  • Published many articles regarding education and employment law
  • Former president of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Current member of the State Bar of Wisconsin
  • JD degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School
Richard F. Verstegen

Courses available by Richard F. Verstegen

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  1. COVID-19 and How to Address Employees Refusing to Return to School in the K-12 Schools
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    COVID-19 and How to Address Employees Refusing to Return to School in the K-12 Schools
    Leading education employment attorney Richard Verstegen will help you understand how to address employees who refuse to return to work. You will learn how to minimize the legal risks inherent in forcing teachers and other staff members to return.

    What You'll Learn

    • What should your action plan for returning to classrooms and offices address?
    • How can you educate employees to minimize the risk of exposure?
    • What laws apply to school employees who refuse to return to work?
    • May you obtain employee health information from medical professionals?
    • What accommodations should you provide to employees with health concerns?
  2. COVID-19, Sickness, and Students in the K-12 Schools: Step by Step Guidance
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    COVID-19, Sickness, and Students in the K-12 Schools: Step by Step Guidance
    Education law expert Richard Verstegen will help you identify reasons for monitoring student illness, legal risks inherent in addressing sickness, and practical tips for minimizing legal risks.

    What You'll Learn

    • Why is student monitoring necessary?
    • What laws apply to student medical privacy?
    • How should you train employees to address illnesses and contact parents?
    • What are the best practices for involving public health departments?
  3. COVID-19 And K-12 Schools: Legal Issues With Recording Virtual Classes
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    COVID-19 And K-12 Schools: Legal Issues With Recording Virtual Classes
    Education law expert Richard Verstegen will help you identify the legal risks inherent in virtual learning. You will learn how to protect students while limiting liability.

    What You'll Learn

    • What student privacy issues does virtual learning raise?
    • What laws relate to privacy and virtual learning?
    • How can you mitigate any claims related to privacy violations?
    • Can insurance policies and waivers help?
    • What are the best practices for recording classroom lessons?
  4. Title IX Coordinator Certification (K-12)
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    Title IX Coordinator Certification (K-12)
    4 Sessions scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period. Tuesday, October 11 - Friday, October 14, 2022; 5:00 PM Eastern

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will help you understand the new rules and identify the important implications of Title IX on your school. You will learn how to adopt appropriate policies, fulfill training requirements, and incorporate effective investigation techniques.

     

    Benefits of Certification

    • Address all Title IX issues that arise in your school or school district
    • Master new regulations and prepare for expected changes
    • Protect your school district from potential legal liability
    • Prove your expertise to employers, colleagues, students, parents, and regulators with your Title IX Coordinator Certification
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    Title IX Coordinator Certification (K-12)
    Tuesday, October 11 - Friday, October 14, 2022; 5:00 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
    From $649.00
  5. Legal Considerations For Dealing With Student Mental Health Issues During COVID-19
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    Legal Considerations For Dealing With Student Mental Health Issues During COVID-19
    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will detail the legal aspects of addressing student mental health issues. You will learn practical solutions to minimize any liability related to helping these students.

    What You'll Learn

    • What are your legal obligations to accommodate students with mental illnesses?
    • Do school officials have a duty to protect students from self-injury?
    • Should you warn others about mental health concerns regarding a student?
    • What are the legal aspects of crisis intervention?
    • How do confidentiality laws cover mental health issues?
  6. Title IX Coordinator Certification (Higher Education)
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    Title IX Coordinator Certification (Higher Education)
    4 Sessions scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period. Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 6, 2022; 2:00 PM Eastern

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will help you understand the new rules and identify the important implications of Title IX on your institution. You will learn how to adopt appropriate policies, fulfill training requirements, and incorporate effective investigation techniques.

    Benefits of Certification

    • Address all Title IX issues that arise in your college or university
    • Master new regulations and prepare for expected changes
    • Protect your institution from potential legal liability
    • Prove your expertise to employers, colleagues, students, and regulators with your Title IX Coordinator Certification

     

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    Title IX Coordinator Certification (Higher Education)
    Monday, October 3 - Friday, October 6, 2022; 2:00 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
    From $699.00
  7. Title IX Investigator Certification (K-12): Advanced Training
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    Title IX Investigator Certification (K-12): Advanced Training
    4 Sessions scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period. Monday, August 29 - Thursday, September 1, 2022; 4:00 PM Eastern

    Education law expert Rick Verstegen will explain how to conduct Title IX investigations for your school. You will learn how to follow the latest regulations and incorporate effective investigation techniques.

    Sessions Include:

    • Title IX Investigations In General
    • Title IX Investigations Related To Sexual Discrimination
    • Title IX Investigations Involving Sexual Harassment
    • Case Studies And Compliance Audits
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    Title IX Investigator Certification (K-12): Advanced Training
    Monday, August 29 - Thursday, September 1, 2022; 4:00 PM Eastern
    Richard F. Verstegen
    From $495.00
  8. Student Bullying: Legal Considerations For K-12 Schools
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    Student Bullying: Legal Considerations For K-12 Schools
    Leading education employment attorney Richard Verstegen will explain the legal aspects of addressing student bullying issues. You will learn practical solutions to minimize any negative consequences arising from helping these students.

    Topics Covered

    • What laws apply to bullying?
    • How should you investigate bullying complaints?
    • What role does the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) play?
    • How must you protect special needs students who are victims or perpetrators?
    • How can you avoid mistakes schools often make when addressing bullying?
    • What liability concerns do schools have related to bullying complaints?
  9. Employment Practices Liability: Legal Issues For K-12 Schools
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    Employment Practices Liability: Legal Issues For K-12 Schools

    Leading education employment attorney Richard Verstegen will elaborate on the employment practices liability claims most prevalent in schools today. You will learn how to respond to issues, mitigate liability, and protect your school and district.

    Questions Answered

    • What are the most common EPL claims?
    • What laws apply to EPL claims?
    • What policies should you develop to address these issues?
    • What laws protect schools from liability?
    • How can you mitigate claims against the school?
    • How do insurance policies interact with these laws and claims?
  10. Legal Considerations For Virtual Teaching In K-12 Schools
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    Legal Considerations For Virtual Teaching In K-12 Schools

    Leading education law expert Richard Verstegen will help you identify legal risks inherent in virtual learning. You will learn practical tips to minimize liability.

    Topics Covered

    • How should you address concerns about staff conduct during instruction?
    • What free speech and concerted activity requirements must you consider?
    • What laws apply to privacy and virtual learning?
    • What steps can you take to mitigate claims regarding privacy violations?
    • Should you allow recording of classroom lessons?
    • What practical steps should you follow to reduce liability?
  11. Student Vaccination Mandates: Legal Issues And Best Practices
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    Student Vaccination Mandates: Legal Issues And Best Practices

    Leading education law expert Richard Verstegen will help you identify the legal issues of mandating COVID-19 vaccination for students.

    Topics Covered

    • What are the constitutional implications of making vaccines mandatory for students?
    • What other laws must you consider to address disability issues, parental consent, and state requirements?
    • How does the new CDC mask guidance impact schools and vaccine policies?
    • Should you consider a waiver of liability?
    • What resources can you provide to staff?
  12. Breaking DOE Guidance On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity: Update Policies For 2021-22
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    Breaking DOE Guidance On Sexual Orientation And Gender Identity: Update Policies For 2021-22

    Employment law expert Richard Verstegen will identify the essential legal issues with this new guidance document. You will learn the specific impact that it will have on your school, such as facility use and preferred names.

    What You'll Learn

    • What impact will the DOE Notice have on programs and activities?
    • How does Title IX define sexual harassment?
    • What policies should you revise?
    • What additional DOE guidance should you incorporate?
    • How will the DOE enforce adherence to this Notice?
    • How does this relate to the Bostock v. Clayton County Supreme Court decision?

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