Educator Opportunties

Throughout the year, WFIS and our partner organizations present training events to provide deep-dive focus on a variety of issues that are of particular relevance to private school teachers, administrators and staff.  See our events below:

WFIS Webinars with Schwartz Hannum LLC


Getting It Write: Hot Topics in Private School Employee Handbooks


Sara Schwartz and Matt Batastini will outline the key issues for the private school ready to update its employee handbook for legal compliance and best practices, has never implemented an employee handbook – or is considering replacing the employee handbook in existence.

They will provide a model table of contents and offer practical suggestions for keeping your employee handbook updated and current.

Sara and Matt will also address several of the unique issues arising in the COVID-19 climate, such as: communicable illness policies, at-will employment considerations, remote teaching and telecommuting policies and more.

Topics will include:

  • Key Policies In An Ideal Employee Handbook For Your School
  • Is Your Employee Handbook Updated To Reflect Best Practices And Legal Standards?
  • Does It Comply With Applicable State-Specific Requirements?
  • Does It Have All The Bells And Whistles For Code Of Conduct, References And Drug-Free Workplace?
  • Does It Address The Common Traps For Unwary Schools?
  • The Top 10 Policies That Every School Should Implement, From Mandated Reporting To Sexual And Other Harassment
  • Policies Related To COVID-19 And The Next Unknown



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Tuesday May 17, 2022

from 1:00p.m. to 2:30p.m. PT

via Webinar



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HR Manager
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Sara Goldsmith Schwartz is the Founder and President of Schwartz Hannum PC, a law firm founded in 1995 and based in Andover, MA, that specializes in education, employment and labor law.  In the course of representing more than 250 educational institutions across the United States, Sara has become a trusted advisor to Heads of Schools, Presidents, Chairmen of the Board, Deans, Business Officers and others as independent school and higher education leaders tackle and resolve matters of school governance, student and employee disciplinary matters, risk management, sexual abuse allegations, and the myriad compliance documents such as enrollment agreements, school bylaws, student/parent handbooks and more.  Sara is a cum laude graduate of both Yale College and Harvard Law School.  She began her legal career at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, after completing a federal court clerkship with The Honorable William Young in Boston.  In 2013, Sara was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a Top Woman of Law.  Sara has also been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers® as a top Labor and Employment attorney for over ten years.

Matthew D. Batastini is Managing Partner of Schwartz Hannum PC. He counsels employers on compliance with a range of federal, state, and local labor and employment laws, including wage and hour issues and matters related to corporate transactions and workplace policies. Matt frequently speaks as an experienced management-side labor and employment practitioner at national and regional conferences and seminars for attorneys, human resources and labor relations professionals, and education leaders. Matt is a graduate of Middlebury College and Seton Hall University School of Law.


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