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  • How to Handle a MIOSHA Inspection, Audit and Appeal

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 07/23/2020 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    Join us for the FREE MEMBER WEBINAR ($49 fee for non-members) to better understand what to expect with a MIOSHA inspection or audit.

    Every company should have a number of managers who know the basic steps to take whenever any government investigator shows up. Join us to better understand what to expect with a MIOSHA inspection or audit, how to assign responsibilities, keeping good records, what your rights are, what the inspector is legally allowed to do and how to appeal. 

    This FREE is free to members ($49 fee for non-members) webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar. 

    Frank Mamat

    Attorney-In-Charge, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Through the years, Frank has successfully counseled clients on virtually every type of labor matter. He also helped the Michigan Senate in 2012 prepare Michigan's "Right to Work" law.

    In particular, he provides counsel and assistance regarding union matters such as contract negotiations, elections, union avoidance, and labor arbitrations; noncompetes; unfair labor practice litigation; harassment suits; wage and hour issues; National Labor Relations Board cases; organizing attempts by unions, mass picketing and violence, secondary boycotts and pressure; and OSHA-MIOSHA and safety matters. He also advises clients on ERISA trust funds and related fiduciary liabilities.


    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • No-Fault Auto Insurance Reform: Navigate Employee Questions

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/23/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar to help as employers may be on the receiving end of questions from employees about how their employer-sponsored health insurance impacts their ability to choose new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.

    On July 2, 2020, changes to Michigan’s auto insurance law will go into effect.  Employers may be on the receiving end of questions from employees about how their employer-sponsored health insurance impacts their ability to choose new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.  Other questions may come up about the new default liability limits, personal umbrella liability and give real-world examples that will leave your more confident that you are giving your employees the right direction.

    Don White, CIC, President and CEO of the Hershey Insurance Group will provide an overview of the changes to the law and real-world examples that will leave your more confident that you are giving your employees the right direction.

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    Don White, CIC

    President/CEO, Hershey Insurance Group

    Don White is a Certified Insurance Counselor and President/CEO of Troy, Michigan based Hershey Insurance Group.  Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Central Michigan University. Don is licensed in Property, Casualty, Life and Health Insurance with the State of Michigan.  

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  • Best Practices for Managing Return to Work after COVID

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/18/2020

    Join Labor & Employment attorneys from Varnum PLC for this one hour FREE webinar where we will discuss legal compliance and Best Practices to avoid litigation as employees return to onsite work.

    Litigation drains company resources.  During these unprecedented times, Human Resources and Management are being challenged with employee and policy questions about returning to work.  Join Labor & Employment attorneys from Varnum PLC for this one hour webinar where we will discuss legal compliance and Best Practices to avoid litigation as employees return to onsite work.  Discussion topics include:

    • Do employees have a choice to remain off work?
    • What are the employers reporting obligations to the Unemployment Insurance Agency?
    • Does the employer have an obligation to accommodate employees underlying medical conditions that do not rise to the level of a disability?
    • How should the employer respond to employee concerns about safety?
    • What should I do if an employee comes to work with symptoms of COVID-19?
    • What steps should the employer take if an employee test positive?
    • Whether employees on FFCRA and FMLA leave or receiving an ADA accommodation are subject to layoff or separation?

    This fast paced discussion will provide the tools you need to develop workable policies and procedures that fit your workforce.  

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar. 

    Maureen Rouse-Ayoub

    Varnum - Labor and Employment Group

    Maureen Rouse-Ayoub – Maureen represents clients in all areas of labor and employment. She advises clients on labor management relations including union election proceedings, collective bargaining and contract enforcement in arbitration and before the National Labor Relations Board. Maureen defends employment-related claims including discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Whistleblowers' and Fair Labor Standards Act violations in federal and state courts, administrative proceedings and arbitration hearings. She counsels clients on drafting, implementation and enforcement of workplace policies. She has significant experience working with companies in a variety of industries including manufacturing, automotive, logistics and health care.

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    Ashleigh Draft

    Varnum - Labor and Employment Group

    Ashleigh Draft - Ashleigh is an associate attorney with Varnum’s labor and employment group. She also works with higher education clients and provides support on a variety of litigation matters. Ashleigh’s experience includes serving as a legal extern for the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division. She also clerked for Michigan Appeals Court Judge Jane Beckering. Prior to law school, Ashleigh served organizations in the higher education and nonprofit sectors in various development and communications roles. 

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • 2020 Environmental Issues Forum

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 06/17/2020

    You will not want to miss this popular, top-notch seminar which will cover both traditional and COVID-19 related environmental issues. This event is held only once every year so reserve your spot today for the 20th Annual Environmental Issues Forum!

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    The Michigan Chamber has gathered leading experts, including attorneys and government officials, to provide you an online update on the most current developments in the environmental arena.  You will not want to miss this popular, top-notch seminar which will cover both traditional and COVID-19 related environmental issues.  This event is held only once every year so reserve your spot today for the 20th Annual Environmental Issues Forum! 


    AGENDA:    

    WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS FROM YOUR MODERATOR

    Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

     

    UPDATE FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, GREAT LAKES & ENERGY

    Aaron Keatley, Chief Deputy Director, EGLE

     

    MICHIGAN CHAMBER ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES

    Jim Holcomb, Senior Executive Vice President, Michigan Chamber

     

    AIR EMISSIONS PERMITTING COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE

    Speaker:  Joel Bowers, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

     

    UPDATES ON MICHIGAN AND FEDERAL WASTE AND REMEDIATION ISSUES, INCLUDING PFAS EMERGING CONTAMINANTS REGULATION

    Speaker:  Tammy Helminski, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

     

    MICHIGAN AND FEDERAL OSHA UPDATE, INCLUDING THE LATEST ON COVID-19 COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS AND ENFORCEMENT

    Speaker:  Don Lawless, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

     

    QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

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    Charlie Denton

    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

    Charles Denton, is a partner in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and immediate past Chair of the Firm’s national Environmental Law Department. He focuses his practice on environmental agency enforcement defense, toxic torts and class action litigation, Brownfields redevelopment, insurance coverage for pollution claims, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Denton is past chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section, and former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Litigation and ADR Committees. He has coordinated and moderated the Annual Environmental Issues Forum for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for 18 years.

    Aaron Keatley

    Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

    Aaron Keatley has over 25 years of state government experience and is responsible for the management of EGLE’s environmental programs.  He returned to Michigan in June 2018 after a 25-year career at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.  In Kentucky, he was appointed to multiple leadership positions and finished his public service in Kentucky as the Commonwealth’s environmental Commissioner. 

     Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Michigan State University.  He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky.  He lives with his wife, Andrea, in their home along the Grand River.  When he is not at work, he enjoys time outdoors, including fly fishing and birding.

    Jim Holcomb

    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

    Jim has worked in and around Lansing political circles for over 25 years.  A former legislative staffer, with a background rooted in policy, he has held senior positions in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate.  In between his public service stints, Jim practiced law with a major Michigan firm where he focused on government relations, regulatory compliance and civil litigation.  Just prior to joining the Chamber, Jim served as Chief of Staff for Representative Craig DeRoche during his tenure as Speaker of the House and Minority Leader.      Jim joined the Michigan Chamber in January of 2008 to lead the Business Advocacy team.  In his role Jim is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing strategies to enact the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda and foster policies beneficial to Michigan’s economic climate.

    Joel Bowers

    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Joel focuses his practice on environmental compliance and enforcement, including air quality and chemical regulation. He advises on remediation, corrective action and voluntary cleanups, as well as cost recovery defense.  In addition, Joel advises on environmental diligence for commercial and real estate brownfields transactions, as well as navigates his clients through the wetlands permitting process. Joel also represents industrial, institutional and individual clients in judicial and administrative environmental enforcement proceedings at the federal, state and local levels.

    Tammy L. Helminski

    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Tammy L. Helminski, is a partner in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg, and a member of the firm’s Environmental Law Department. She is also a Co-Chair of the Remediation, Corrective Action and Voluntary Cleanups Practice Group. Ms. Helminski has experience with environmental due diligence and risk evaluation, project management of large-scale remediation sites involving numerous parties, assisting manufacturing and developer clients with environmental auditing and compliance, and with environmental litigation. Ms. Helminski belongs to the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section and is a vice-chair of the Hazardous Substances & Brownfields Committee.

    Donald P. Lawless

    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

    Donald P. Lawless is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg's Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 25 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives. The focus of his practice is in the pharmaceutical, food processing, and service industries. Mr. Lawless's labor law practice includes contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and defense of unfair labor practice charges. He advises employers on developing and implementing union avoidance strategies and responses to organizing activity. He works with clients on the broad range of civil rights compliance and defense matters with subspecialties in OFCCP compliance and audits, Occupational Safety and Health, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • Redefining Normal: Strategic Communications for Business Re-entry and Recovery

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 06/04/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar which will discuss how communications will play a vital role in redefining normal as we move to the next phase of this global crisis.

    Communications will play a vital role in redefining normal as we move to the next phase of this global crisis. As executive orders are lifted and the economy begins its restart, businesses will need strategic communications programs to reach their employees, customers and communities. Is your organization prepared with the right messages? Do you know which channels to use, and which to avoid? Will you go back to your “old” ways of marketing, or are you prepared with a program that reflects our new and changing reality? Franco President Tina Kozak and COO Tina Sullivan will discuss these topics and provide guidance for business leaders to leverage strong, strategic communications programs for the new business environment and the future. 

     

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    Tina Kozak

    President & Shareholder - Franco

    As one of the region’s leading crisis communications strategists, Tina Kozak has earned the trust and respect of many Michigan business leaders by working alongside them to help prevent and manage a wide variety of reputation-impacting issues. 

    Over her nearly two decades in the public relations industry, Tina has coached, counseled and prepared organizations in the areas of reputation management, crisis communications and brand repair. In addition to crisis work, Tina provides counsel to a range of clients in the areas of communications strategy, brand development, corporate positioning and community relations. 

    Prior to joining Franco in 2007, Tina was corporate communications manager for auto supplier Metaldyne Corp., where she managed global programming that included public relations and events, marketing, government relations, employee communications and community relations.

    Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in public relations and Spanish from Wayne State University. She is also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit XXXIII. Tina currently chairs the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation board. 

    Tina Sullivan

    EVP, COO & Shareholder - Franco

    Tina Sullivan leads Franco’s B2B practice area, developing and managing integrated communications programs that include media relations, marketing and community relations. She advises on internal and external communications strategy, events and sponsorships and global communications considerations.

    Prior to joining Franco, Tina served as manager of corporate communications for Chrysler Group where she managed the news desk and supported all manufacturing related communications. Before that, she was communications director for a local nonprofit organization where she led community programming and developed marketing campaigns to generate consumer awareness.

    Tina holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Michigan. She currently serves on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce board of directors. She is also a graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit XXXVI.

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • Human Resources Professionals: Taking Care of You During COVID-19

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/28/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar which will provides steps for Human Resources Professionals to take care of YOU!

    During this challenging time of re-opening the economy much of the weight for implementing new policies and practices falls upon the Human Resources Professional.  This training identifies the sources of anxiety specific to this pandemic for employees and managers.  It also provides steps for Human Resource Professionals to take care of YOU!!

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    Ron Scott

    Employee Assistance Program Consultant - Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

    Ron has worked in Human Resources and Employee Assistance for over 20 years. He has a bachelor of business from Spring Arbor University and a Masters of Arts from Western Michigan in Educational Leadership. Ron works for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services as an Employee Assistance Program Consultant. He spends his days working with Human Resources Managers to address the stress, anxiety and practices that they face every day.

    This challenge of COVID-19 has really stretch the way Human Resources is operating.  Many of our fears and concerns are real about employee safety and questions.

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • Quarantine COVID Employment Litigation: Identifying Risks and Avoiding Claims

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/27/2020

    Join Bodman Workplace Law attorneys on this FREE webinar to learn how to avoid the potholes created by the multitude of new legal requirements created by COVID-19.

     COVID-19 related employment litigation is expected to explode when the emergency orders are lifted.  Safety plans, expanded leave allowances and employee training requirements have created a treacherous path for employers. Learn how to avoid the potholes created by the multitude of new legal requirements.  Join Bodman’s Workplace Law Group for an interactive presentation focused on identifying and reducing the risk of potential COVID-19 employment claims for Michigan businesses. 

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar. 

    Rebecca C. Seguin-Skrabucha

    Associate- Workplace Law Practice Group, Bodman

    Rebecca Seguin-Skrabucha is a member of Bodman's Workplace Law Practice Group. She concentrates her practice in advising employers on compliance with state and federal employment and labor laws. She also has experience defending employers on a variety of employment claims before state and federal courts and before administrative agencies including the EEOC and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. She has represented employers in disputes involving claims of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and alleged violations of the FLMA, ADA, ADEA, and FLSA.

    Aaron Graves

    Chair of the Workplace Law Practice Group, Bodman

    Aaron Graves is the Chair of Bodman’s Workplace Law Practice Group. His expertise includes complex traditional labor issues, such as union-organizing, labor contract negotiations, grievance administration, restructuring/relocation of unionized businesses and handling unfair labor practice charges, under both the NLRA and RLA. He regularly handles employment matters, such as pre-hire screening, discrimination, harassment, wage-hour, policy administration, substance abuse, FMLA, discipline, whistleblower, retaliation, discharge and reductions in force. 

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • Reviewing Your 401K Options

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/27/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar that will feature updates on the federal SECURE Act , that allows for multiple employer 401K plans that can shift administrative and record-keeping responsibility, and reduce risk to their business.

    Many small businesses are looking for ways to save money and offer valuable retirement benefits with fewer resources in the current environment.  New legislation and regulations allow for multiple employer 401K plans that result in cost savings to small business. This FREE webinar will feature updates on the federal SECURE Act, how small businesses can shift administrative and record-keeping responsibility, and reduce risk to their business. 

    This FREE webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    Jane Hagen AIF, C(k)P, QPFC

    Senior Vice President, Director of Retirement Plans & Senior Relationship Manager - Tri-Star Trust Bank

    Jane, Senior Vice President, serves as the Director of Retirement Plans & Senior Relationship Manager. She brings over 28 years’ experience in banking and trust/investments. Jane is one of the original team members of Tri-Star and is proud to have built the Employee Benefits Program from the ground up. She has earned several certifications with an emphasis on employee benefits including: Certified 401(k) Professional (C(k)P ®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), and Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC). Hagen is a member of the American Society of Pension Professional & Actuaries, having received her Retirement Plan Fundamentals I & II and Plan Consultant I certificates among numerous other credentials.

    Dale Essenmacher

    Regional Vice President - Newport Group

  • Navigating OSHA Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/14/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar to better understand how to navigate these uncharted waters, and best practices for OSHA compliance.

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are facing new questions and challenges daily, including determining how to best keep their workforce safe upon physically returning to their facilities.  Employers must also have an understanding of their COVID-19 documentation responsibilities, reporting duties, and investigation expectations to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar to better understand how to navigate these uncharted waters, and best practices for OSHA compliance. 

     
    What You Will Learn:

    •  An overview of OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19.
    • When employees may legally refuse to work under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA Act). 
    • Training and labeling of cleaning chemicals for authorized use in the workplace. 
    • When COVID-19 constitutes a reportable illness and the time frame employers have to report it; and 
    • An overview of the latest guidance issued by OSHA regarding its interim enforcement plan for investigations.

     

    This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    John P. Hancock

    Shareholder, Butzel Long

    John P. Hancock, Jr. is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He is a graduate of Duke University Law School and the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Hancock's practice focuses on collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations as well as counseling of both public and private employers.  He has also done extensive employment litigation and OSHA litigation.  Mr. Hancock has served as chief negotiator in numerous collective bargaining negotiations for public schools, municipal and public utilities as well as clients in various other businesses ranging from casinos to steel plants to hospitals and country clubs.  A good portion of his practice is devoted to counseling clients on employment issues. 

    Hannah E. Treppa

    Associate, Butzel Long

    Hannah Treppa is an associate based in Butzel Long’s Detroit office. Ms. Treppa focuses her practice primarily on employment and labor law. Ms. Treppa’s experience includes defending clients in administrative charges before governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as in state and federal discrimination and retaliation lawsuits. In addition, Ms. Treppa has also represented clients in general matters pertaining to commercial and tort litigation and arbitration, including breach of contract actions and product liability litigation. Ms. Treppa is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • Leading During COVID: How to Keep Your Humanity, Sanity and Team Intact During a Time of Crisis

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/07/2020

    Amid all of the chaos, confusion and anxiety that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership has never been more important. Join us for this Free 60 minute webinar to discuss how to survive (and dare I say ‘thrive’), and how leaders must adopt a mindset that allows you to put one foot in front of the other, especially when it’s hard.

    Amid all of the chaos, confusion and anxiety that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, leadership has never been more important.  To survive (and dare I say ‘thrive’), leaders must adopt a mindset that allows you to put one foot in front of the other, especially when it’s hard.  Challenges can be viewed as stressful and overwhelming or challenges can be viewed as opportunities.  Your mindset will determine how you feel about the situation that surrounds you and will heavily influence your success in our current reality.  Now is the time to refocus.  Join us as we highlight key strategies and resources that will help you lead during COVID-19 with your humanity, your sanity and your team still intact

    This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar. 

    Jodi Schafer

    Principal, HRM Services

    Jodi Schafer is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and the owner of Human Resource Management Services. Jodi has a bachelor's degree in psychology and education from Kalamazoo College and over 20 years of experience in Human Resource management. She was recognized as one of the ’10 Over the Next Ten’ in the next generation of business leaders by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and accepted the MSAE Association Choice award on behalf of HRM for the consulting services category. Jodi sits on several statewide committees focused on Human Resource policy and leadership development. She is a regular contributor to various industry publications and author of a ready-to-use HR system for small employers. Jodi conducts speaking engagements and training seminars on all aspects of human resources including employee relations, leadership skills, performance development, on-boarding, recruitment and retention.

    One (1) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One (1) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.