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  • COVID-19 Update: Keeping Employees Safe While Reducing Liability

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 01/28/2021 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    Join Don Lawless from Barnes & Thornburg as he gives an insightful fast-paced update on the latest COVID-19 workplace safety requirements.

    Are you aware of the latest COVID-19 workplace safety requirements?  Join Don Lawless from Barnes & Thornburg as he gives an insightful fast-paced update on the latest COVID-19 workplace safety requirements including:

    • MIOSHA’s application and enforcement strategies for its COVID-19 Emergency Rules and how they coordinate with MDHHS orders.
    • An overview of MIOSHA’s COVID-19 employer enforcement actions.
    • Work-related COVID-19 recording and screening data retention requirements.
    • Voluntary or mandatory COVID-19 vaccination programs and asking employees about their vaccination status.
    • Recent amendments to the Michigan COVID-19 anti-retaliation and leave law that impact employees’ ability to stay off work due to COVID-19 and related strategies.
    • Remote work safety requirements and developing a workable remote work policy to meet MIOSHA requirements.

    We will also examine anticipated federal OSHA changes from the new administration and lessons to be learned from recent MIOSHA inspections, citations and appeals.

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

    Donald P. Lawless

    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

    Don Lawless is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg's Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He has over 30 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives.  He is a frequent Michigan Chamber speaker, and a significant part of his practice involves OSHA/MIOSHA compliance and appeals.  Don is also a Michigan Chamber Board member and actively participates on the Michigan Chamber Health and Human Resources Committee which he has previously chaired.   

    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.

  • The COVID Vaccine: Legal and Practical Implications for the Workplace

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/07/2021

    Join us on Thursday, January 7, 2021 for this engaging program to discuss the legal and practical implications of a COVID-19 vaccine on the workforce and provide answers to many hot button questions relating to the vaccine.

    A vaccine for COVID-19 appears to be coming sooner rather than later. For employers who have confronted numerous health and safety protocols since the onset of the pandemic, this news may initially be viewed as a wave of relief. However, potential questions and complications abound regarding the implementation of the vaccine into the workforce. Join us for this engaging program to discuss the legal and practical implications of a COVID-19 vaccine on the workforce and provide answers to many hot button questions relating to the vaccine.

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

    Mario Bordogna

    Member, Labor and Employment Practice Group, Clark Hill, PLC

    Mario Bordogna is a Member in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group partnering with employers nationwide on the front end to keep them in legal compliance with labor and employment laws, and on the back end if they need a strong, experienced litigation advocate.  For almost 25 years, Mario has represented employers in sectors like health care, energy, hospitality, manufacturing, education, and others helping them with HR/employment counseling, labor–management relations, employment litigation, wage and hour issues, sexual harassment matters, policy development and more.

    Anne-Marie Welch

    Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator - Clark Hill, PLC

    Anne-Marie Welch is a Labor & Employment Attorney and Litigator with Clark Hill, PLC, a global, full-service law firm. Anne-Marie’s clients seek her experienced, confident counsel in addressing their employee management needs. She provides legal services including risk assessment and risk avoidance in employee terminations, accommodating disabilities, addressing workplace misconduct, protecting key personnel and proprietary information, performing reductions in force, and implementation of workplace policies and training designed to avoid disputes and comply with state and federal law, to name a few.  Anne-Marie is licensed in the State of Michigan, but travels the country litigating and appearing before federal courts and agencies.

    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.

  • Does Your Employee Handbook Have Your Company Covered?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/10/2020

    Join us as Cliff Hammond from the law firm of Foster Swift advises how to protect your company through a properly drafted handbook.

    Whether you are a small start-up or a large multi-national corporation, employment policies and handbooks are an invaluable and necessary tool for your company and employees.  An effective handbook provides legal notices, work rules, complaint procedures, and required legal notices.  With changing workplaces many employers are looking to review their policies to meet the flexibility needed to address the issues presented by the pandemic and their future workplace.  

    In this seminar, we will discuss:

    • The basic requirements of all handbooks
    • Options for employers
    • Legal requirements
    • How to protect your company through a properly drafted handbook

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

    Clifford Hammond

    Member - Foster Swift

    Clifford Hammond is a member of Foster Swift's Employers Services practice group in the Lansing and Southfield offices where he focuses his practice on employment and labor law counsel and litigation. He has extensive experience with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, National Labor Relations Act, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Federal and State Courts, State and Federal administrative agency proceedings, collective bargaining, arbitration, mediation, employment litigation, and dispute resolution.

    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.

  • Adding Valuable Benefits for Chamber Staff

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/03/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar to learn how to offer an affordable 401K to your chamber’s benefit package and create a non-dues revenue stream for your organization.

    Join executives from Michigan’s Tri-Star Trust Bank and Newport Group to learn how to offer an affordable 401K to your chamber’s benefit package and create a non-dues revenue stream for your organization. 

    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

    Bob Thomas

    Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

  • How to make the Michigan ‘Clean Slate’ Law Work for You

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/01/2020

    Join us as we discuss the recently passes new expungement bills

    Recently, the Michigan legislature passed a series of new laws called The Michigan Clean Slate initiative, which will make criminal record expungements automatic for all people who are eligible for them.  With 1 in 3 adult Americans having criminal records, how do businesses anticipate the influx of applicants with experience with the criminal justice system and pivot into a more inclusive environment for formerly incarcerated people?

    In this webinar, we will:

    • Dig deep and address the fears and misconceptions of second chance hiring in a safe and anonymous environment
    • Discuss why second chance hiring should be a "no-brainer" for any future focused organization
    • Talk through the top hang ups that HR professionals have with hiring formerly incarcerated people
    • Discuss the top five things HR professionals need to do to set themselves up for success when hiring formerly incarcerated people

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

    Kathryn Shibelski

    Owner, KES HR Consutling

    Kathryn Shibelski, Owner, KES HR Consutling, is passionate about helping other Human Resources professionals recruit, onboard, engage, and retain formerly incarcerated employees. After working with this population, and having encounters with formerly incarcerated people, she created a unique training program that helps HR professionals and other business leaders feel confident in hiring and retaining formerly incarcerated people.  KES HR Consulting, located in Grand Rapids Michigan, is a boutique Human Resources consulting company serving businesses across Michigan. Kathryn has a  Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development paired with 15 years of Human Resources experience across multiple industries.

    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.

  • COVID-19 Workplace Safeguards: What Employers Need to Know Today

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/18/2020

    Join Bodman Workplace Law attorneys to discuss what updates employers must make to their COVID-19 responses. ​

    Recent changes in guidance and legislation necessitate reevaluation of Preparedness and Response Plans implemented by Michigan employers to keep their employees safe and workplaces compliant during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

    Included in these changes are the invalidation of the Governor’s Executive Orders, the issuance of Emergency Rules and Epidemic Orders by MIOSHA and MDHHS, the passage of new State laws, the shifts in CDC recommendations, and the increased hope for an effective and imminent vaccine.

    Join Bodman Workplace Law attorneys to discuss what updates employers must make to their COVID-19 responses.  This will be an interactive presentation; please come prepared with questions. 

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

    John David Gardiner

    Member - Bodman PLC

    John Gardiner is a member of Bodman’s Workplace Law Group based in the Grand Rapids office. He has more than a decade of experience representing established as well as entrepreneurial businesses and their owners in employment law matters and related litigation. He counsels these clients on a full range of employment issues involving claims of discrimination, sexual and other forms of illegal harassment, accommodating employees with disabilities, FMLA issues, wage and hour issues, reductions-in-force, discipline and discharge issues, among others. He also represents business owners and their families in connection with alleged white-collar crime and other criminal investigations.

    Rebecca C. Seguin-Skrabucha

    Associate- Workplace Law Practice Group, Bodman PLC

    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.

    Katherine F. Cser

    Senior Associate, Workplace Law Practice Group, Bodman PLC

    Katherine Cser counsels employers on compliance with state and federal labor and employment laws and represents them in resolving a broad range of workplace disputes. She has represented management before state and federal courts and agencies in cases involving allegations of discrimination and retaliation, violation of wage and hour and medical leave laws, and many other employment-related issues. She also represents corporate clients of all sizes in litigation involving restrictive covenants, use of intellectual property, and related tort claims, and has experience conducting antiharassment training sessions.

    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.

  • FMLA and ADA: Managing Leave Requests Doesn’t Need to Be Complicated

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join us as employment law experts from the law firm of Varnum discuss employee leave of absences and accommodation requests under the Family Medical Leave Act and American with Disabilities Act.

    Employee leaves of absence and accommodation requests under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) continue to expand in nature and scope. Reinforce your knowledge of key requirements and learn about the EEOC’s position regarding protections and accommodations applicable to opioid addiction.

    You will learn:

    • About the interplay about between the FMLA and the ADA
    • When is an employer obligated to notify employees of their rights under the FMLA and the ADA
    • What does it mean to engage in the interactive process
    • How to engage in the interactive process
    • Suggestion for communicating with health care providers about accommodation request 
    • What the EEOC guidance documents directed to employees and health care providers related to employee lawful use of Codeine, Oxycodone and other opioids in the workplace means for employers

    This 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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    One and a half (1.5) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    One and a half (1.5) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.

  • Managing Unemployment Claims and Costs in the COVID Era

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/12/2020

    Join us on Thursday November 12, 2020 for the latest on unemployment compensation.

    COVID-19 has brought about changes to every aspect of your business. One area that has been particularly difficult for employers to navigate is the unemployment compensation system.  With changing state and federal policies and claims at an all-time high, many employers are frustrated and confused.  

    This webinar will help employers better understand and navigate the unemployment system.
    Topics covered during this webinar will include:

    • New laws and regulations related to unemployment 
    • How to navigate the new processes implemented by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency and how they can help employees manage unemployment 
    • How to manage COVID-19 related absences and when those absences might be covered by unemployment benefits 
    • How to contest unemployment benefit charges to your account 
    • How you can assist a current or former employee struggling to get their benefits paid 
    • How to identify and deal with fraudulent claims
    • How the federal Extended Benefit Programs works 
    • What to expect in terms of future changes and challenges
    • How to handle protests to state unemployment claims 
    • How COVID-19 related claims will impact your future tax rate 

    This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar.  Price is per person. 

    Brian Gmerick

    Director of Operations, F.A.R. Managment

    Brian Gmerick is the Director of Operations for FAR management, Inc.  FAR is a third party administrator that manages the unemployment claims process for employers.  FAR began in 1987 and Brian began working with them in 1994. In that time he has participated in over 10,000 unemployment hearings for employers and directed the operations that has responded to and manages millions of unemployment claims in that time period.

    Three (3) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    Three (3) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.


  • Are You Prepared for a New Wave of Whistleblower / Retaliation Claims?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/05/2020

    Join attorneys from Dykema discuss how claims of retaliation and/or whistleblower protection have been in place for a long time, but with COVID-19 safety concerns, return to work issues and continued use of telework, the potential for claims rises

    COVID-19 impacts employers in various ways, including the frequency of claims made by employees. Claims of retaliation and/or whistleblower protection have been in place for a long time, but with COVID-19 safety concerns, return to work issues and continued use of telework, the potential for claims rises. It is commonly known that the Occupational Safety and Health Act protects individuals from adverse employment action when those individuals assert OSHA safety concerns. Lesser known is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces 23 retaliation/whistleblower protection provisions, and that the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects employees, including non-union employees, who raise concerns regarding working conditions.

    The Fair Labor Standards At (FLSA) also protects employees from retaliation for raising specific pay concerns. With teleworking increasing, employees may be more likely to believe they are being paid incorrectly and raise this concern to employers or the US Department of Labor (DOL). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) also protects employees who request an accommodation, a frequent occurrence during a pandemic.

    Other laws to consider: Affordable Care Act (ACA), Sarbanes Oxley, False Claims Act, Dodd Frank, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and state laws, including whistleblower protection statutes. If an allegation of a protected nature is made, whether or not it is valid, and the employee experiences an adverse employment action after that, many interpretations of the law find timing alone gives rise to a presumption of retaliation, which the employer must rebut. Retaliation/whistleblower protection waters run deep – this webinar will help employers learn to swim safely.

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

     

    Melvin Muskovitz

    Senior Counsel, Labor and Employment Practice Group - Dykema

    Melvin Muskovitz, a member of Dykema’ s Labor and Employment Practice Group, represents public and private sector employers in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He also devotes a significant portion of his time counseling and assisting employers with respect to issues arising under state and federal employment laws, assisting in drafting employment policies, preparing and enforcing confidentiality, non-solicitation and non-competition provisions, and negotiating employment and severance agreements, including with highly placed corporate executives.

    Daniel Stern

    Member - Dykema

    Dan Stern advises employers on labor and employment matters including affirmative action plans; wage and hour issues; and discrimination and harassment claims. By recommending and developing effective employment policies and procedures, he helps clients reduce the risk of employment-related lawsuits. He is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

    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.

  • HR 101: Introduction to Human Resources

    Contains 10 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/21/2020

    Join us for this six one-hour sessions to build an exceptional foundation of knowledge for the HR professional.​

    A “hands on” guide on how to do most everything in the HR function.

    This webinar explains all of the basic components of the Human Resources function and what the best practices are in the modern-day workplace.   Gain the critical knowledge necessary to help reduce costs, avoid potential lawsuits, and improve your ability to handle challenging HR issues. This program is ideal if you are just starting out in the HR profession, perform HR duties as a part of a non-HR job, or are looking for an effective way to boost your Human Resources / employee management skills.

    Course Objectives

    • Broad overview the human resource function.
    • How to protect you and your organization legally: Review history, legislation, and court cases in the HR field.
    • Sexual harassment, relationships in the workplace
    • Politics in the workplace, a strategy for resolving issues
    • HR data gathering / investigation processes.
    • Recruitment and selection processes to get better candidates and avoid legal pitfalls.
    • Communication strategies.
    • Compensation, and benefits information/issues for staff at all levels.
    • Explain employee orientation, onboarding, and training strategies.
    • Performance appraisals, the good, the bad and the ugly.
    • HR Information systems: the new frontier.
    • Many other topics

    This is an “interactive” webinar where course participation is highly encouraged. Real life examples and case studies will be used to illustrate points and concepts.  This webinar series is an exceptional foundation of knowledge for the HR professional.

    This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after live webinar.  Price is per person. 

    Three (6) HR (General) recertification credit hour for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

    Three (6) PDC for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.