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Don't Be That Boss: How to Avoid Common Employer-Employee Mistakes

Tue, Apr 7, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

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Learn how to avoid some of the most common mistakes that small businesses owners make in managing their employees. Through fictional and entertaining case studies followed by interactive group discussions, this legal workshop will focus on mistakes that business owners make when they hire new employees and mistakes that they make in handling their problem employees. It is intended both for owners of existing businesses and for those who are thinking about starting a new business.


Jan Glassman

For more than 30 years, Jan Glassman has been advising small businesses in matters concerning contracts, general corporate, employment, lending, insurance, real estate, litigation, regulatory compliance, alternative dispute resolution and human resources. Her background includes day-to-day, real-time counseling to senior and middle-management on a wide variety of these issues.

Ms. Glassman is licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Massachusetts, Florida and Ohio. From 1996 to 2011, she was General Counsel of American Management Services, a national management consulting firm, also serving as Senior Vice President and Director for most of that time. She began her career with Judicial Clerkships in Ohio and Boston and later worked as a litigation associate in the Boston-area law firms of Burns & Levinson and Mofenson & Nicoletti.

Ms. Glassman currently is a member of the American Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts, The Florida Bar, and the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE), and she was long affiliated with the Association of Corporate Counsel and the New England Labor Counsel. Ms. Glassman also actively participates in SBANE’s CEO Dialogue and the Women’s Business Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Temple Reyim in Newton, Massachusetts. In September 2013, Ms. Glassman was selected as a Fellow in the 2013-2014 Startup Leadership Program, a highly selective, world-class training program for outstanding founders and innovators.


Joel Sowalsky

Joel Sowalsky has been a business lawyer for over 30 years and has been providing General Counsel services to businesses for nearly 20 years. He has worked with companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, banking/finance, medical, travel, food service, telecommunications, textiles, non-profits, international commerce, real estate and government. He also has served on the Boards of Directors of several companies, both profit and non-profit, and on the Governing Board of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee on the Construction Industry.

Immediately prior to joining DailyGC™, Mr. Sowalsky worked for five years as Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Environmental Interiors, a national construction company. Mr. Sowalsky began his legal career as a staff attorney for the Toledo (Ohio) Legal Aid Society, advancing to the position of Managing Attorney. After moving to Boston in 1979, he accepted an Associate position with the Boston law firm of Roche, Carens and DeGiacomo (n/k/a Murtha Cullina LLP), where he became a Partner in 1987 and stayed until 1992. In 1993, he was a founding partner of the Boston law firm of Smith & Sowalsky (n/k/a Smith, Segel & Ruddock), where he remained until 2007.

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