The Legal Aspects of
Restructuring Your Association’s Staff

Webinar • Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Many associations assume restructuring their staff is the key to continued and growing staff performance. Unfortunately, the financial impact of restructuring may undercut its value. Also, employment issues arising from a reorganization may trigger costly lawsuits. That’s why you must be so thoughtful about the decision to reorganize.

For starters, you need to clarify why you even want to reorganize: What problems are you trying to solve? What opportunities are you trying to seize? What do you want the new staff structure to look like? And what about legal, financial and employment-relations issues—will restructuring create new compliance and budget challenges for your association?

Here’s expert guidance you need to answer these questions, before you decide to reorganize.

Register today for The Legal and Practical Aspects of Restructuring Your Association’s Staff.

In this 90-minute webinar, Doug Mishkin of Venable’s Labor and Employment Group explains how to restructure or reorganize—without triggering employee lawsuits or financial challenges for your association. You’ll learn how to explore and evaluate all your options for restructuring and for executing the actual reorganization plan without attracting negative attention.

This expert briefing clears the confusion on when and how legal, financial and employment-law issues affect your decisions about restructuring.  You’ll know where other associations have run into trouble, and when to seek legal counsel to prevent costly problems down the road. There will be a panel discussion with association executives whose organizations recently went through reorganizations. Plus, you’ll have the chance to ask your own questions during the Q&A portion of the webinar.

Register today for expert guidance evaluating 

  • What triggers the question of whether to reorganize
  • What legal dos and don’ts come into play
  • Whom to consult with in a reorganization
  • The financial and employment-regulations to consider
  • How to determine what the final reorganization will look like
  • Real-world lessons from recent association reorganizations

With such practical new understanding of legal, financial and employment-regulation issues, you can make the right decision about whether to restructure the staff—and how.  Don’t miss this expert guidance

Register today for The Legal and Practical Aspects of Restructuring Your Association’s Staff.

Meet Your Trainer
Doug Mishkin, a partner in Venable’s Labor and Employment Group, has more than 30 years of experience litigating on behalf of businesses and nonprofits. He focuses on litigating about and counseling on theft of trade secrets and breach of non-competes, with significant experience as well in discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, and employment contract disputes. Mr. Mishkin is a trained mediator. Prior to joining Venable, Mr. Mishkin co-chaired the employment law practice at an international law firm for over 15 years. In 1992, he served on President Bill Clinton's transition team for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the CBS Early Show. Mr. Mishkin is co-editor of the firm's Trade Secrets and Transitions blog and regularly writes on topics related to employee mobility and trade secrets.

Debra BenAvram, CAE, is chief executive officer of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.), an international medical society with 6500 members dedicated to providing their patients with optimal nutrition care. A.S.P.E.N. is fortunate to work with more than 1200 volunteers each year who help advance many important strategic initiatives. Debra’s passions include cultivating vibrant staff and volunteer cultures to support the goals and growth of the organizations with which she works. She is a past TRENDS Young & Aspiring Association Professional and a past honoree in ASAE's In Honor of Women program.

Mark Dorsey, CAE, FASAE is CEO of Construction Specifications Institute. Mark’s interests include understanding marketing and strategy issues, finding solutions, and getting results. The only thing that excites him more than solving long-standing, intractable problems is building a commitment to excellence in the people around him. Before CSI, he was CEO of the Professional Ski Instructors of American and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors, owned a consumer research company, and bought and sold media in Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska. Earlier he served as Interim Executive Director, and later Chair, of Medical Education Collaborative, a nonprofit continuing medical education corporation.

Irving W. Washington III, CAE is executive director of the Online News Association. As a media diversity advocate, Irving has managed programming and fundraising initiatives for journalists, media professionals and students nationwide. As program manager for the National Association of Black Journalists, he launched the organization’s first all-digital platform for the annual Salute to Excellence National Media Awards, the largest journalism awards competition recognizing issues affecting the worldwide black community and African diaspora. He previously served as Diversity Education Coordinator for the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation, which promotes the hiring, training, promotion and retention of professionals of color in television, radio and digital news.

Who Will Benefit
This webinar is of value to professional societies, trade associations and association management companies, and all nonprofits. Attendees who will benefit most include:

  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • CFOs
  • HR directors
  • Legal counsel

CAE Credits: All live webinar attendees are eligible for 1.5 CAE credit hours. Association TRENDS is a CAE Approved Provider. Our programs meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential. We will maintain records of your participation in accord with CAE policies. For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, please visit

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