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  • HR 101: Introduction to Human Resources

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/20/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    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. 

    Steven Muth

    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.


  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 09/30/2020 at 10:00 AM (EDT)

    Join attorneys from Miller Canfield as they discuss the basics of forgiveness under the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program.

    More than 121,000 Michigan businesses and not-for-profit organizations borrowed from the federal government's Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fund this spring and summer, finding it to be a lifeline for their business during the pandemic.  Businesses are now eager to submit their application for PPP loan forgiveness.  Join Thomas Appleman and Jeffrey LaBine of Miller Canfield as they discuss what is at stake in the PPP loan application process and new Small Business Administration (SBA) guidance, including what categories of expenditures are subject to forgiveness. Please come with questions; the speakers plan to reserve time to respond.

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

    Thomas G. Appleman

    Principal, Corporate Group Co-Leader, Miller Canfield

    Thomas G. Appleman focuses his practice on inbound and outbound foreign direct investment and multi-national cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint venture transactions.  With his colleagues, Tom helps clients around the world with their global legal and business needs including planning and coordinating legal diligence reviews, navigating complex legal and regulatory requirements, securing tax and economic development incentives, licensing and protecting patents and other intellectual property, negotiating agreements with customers and vendors, meeting immigration requirements, navigating trade and custom issues, and facilitating dispute resolution.

    Jeffrey LaBine

    Principal, Corporate Deputy Group Leader, Miller Canfield

    Jeffrey LaBine is a corporate partner in Miller Canfield's Ann Arbor and New York offices, Jeff concentrates primarily on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and other corporate and securities laws matters. Jeff has represented public and private clients in a variety of U.S. and international transactions including negotiated acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, auctions, carve-out transactions, strategic investments, reorganizations, joint ventures and other corporate matters.

    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: 09/29/2020

    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

  • Leading Change Through Communications

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/28/2020

    Join us on Monday, September 28, 2020 as executive from Franco discuss how to keep customers informed, review best practices for various communications challenges and help you determine the right frequency and channels for your messages.

    The pace of change is rapid, and businesses are struggling to keep customers informed as change makes its way through organizations. Whether it is communicating the latest safety protocols, hours of operation or new products and services, businesses need to keep in constant contact with their customers today. And different customers look to different channels to stay informed, putting even more pressure on businesses to step up their communications. Join us as Franco President Tina Kozak discusses how to keep customers informed, review best practices for various communications challenges and help you determine the right frequency and channels for your messages.

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

    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.

  • Are Your Policies COVID Compliant?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/24/2020

    Join us as employment law experts from the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone on how to implement new or adjust current policies and procedures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of employees in the workplace.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many disruptions to your regular business operations, and running a workplace in the midst of a public health crisis is unlike any other. Employers need to and should implement new or adjust current policies and procedures to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of employees in the workplace.  This webinar will address:

    • Government directives and guidance on implementing COVID-19 policies and procedures. 
    • Policies and procedures required or recommended for the workplace and how to prepare them. 
    • Best practices for employers to effectively communicate and train the workforce about these new COVID-19 policies and procedures.

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

    Kamil Robakiewicz

    Principal, Miller Canfield

    Kamil Robakiewicz specializes in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with a particular emphasis on labor and employment disputes. He has considerable experience in conducting investigations for public-sector and higher education institutions. Prior to joining Miller Canfield, Kamil served as a law clerk to the Honorable James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During his time clerking for a federal appellate judge, Kamil gained unique insights into the types of arguments judges find most persuasive. Kamil applies this understanding of the judicial decision-making process to craft effective and efficient arguments on behalf of his clients. Before clerking, Kamil was a litigation associate at an elite law firm in New York City. 

    ​Nhan Ho

    Associate, Miller Canfield

    Nhan Ho's practice concentrates on employment discrimination, leave rights, and wage and hour litigation and disputes. She regularly counsels employers on their policies and practices to address specific challenges in the workplace. Nhan was previously an intern for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern 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.

  • Retro-Commissioning Programs: Strengthen Your Building's Energy IQ

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/23/2020

    Please join us for this FREE 60-minute webinar to learn about Consumers Energy's new RCx offering, Building Tune Up, review the other RCx programs (Facility IQ and Defined Actions), and review the bonus incentives that have been extended through Oct 31st.

    Interested in saving an average of 15 percent or more on your facility’s energy costs? Join Consumers Energy experts to learn how.  The Retro-Commissioning Programs include several offerings designed to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings, often at little-to-no cost.

    Every building uses energy uniquely. Retro-Commissioning Programs (RCx) aim to find your building’s hidden energy saving potential through free assessments. During the assessment, our experts uncover energy waste reduction opportunities and give you an actionable plan to reduce energy and save money.

    Our teams will support you every step of the way to help your facility reopen safely by following ASHRAE (industry standard) guidelines all while saving your business energy and money. Additionally, Consumers Energy is offering bonus incentives for a short time, which further serves to help in these uncertain times.

    Our expert presenters from Consumers Energy:  Audrey Ewen, John Nametz and Kevin Coleman

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

  • Anti-discrimination Laws in a COVID-19 World: What Employers Need to Know About ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/17/2020

    Join us as employment law experts from the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone will provide a background understanding of EEO laws that need to be reviewed and reconsidered with COVID-19 in mind, as employees return to work.

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workplace is unprecedented and ever-changing. In this webinar, employment law experts from the law firm of Miller Canfield will provide a background understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws that need to be reviewed and reconsidered with COVID-19 in mind, as employees return to work.  Some questions that will be explored in this webinar include:     

    • Does COVID-19 qualify as a disability under the ADA? Always, or just in some cases? 
    • What are an employer’s obligations if an employee is protected by the ADA when they have COVID-19? Are they entitled to a reasonable accommodation? 
    • Would that entitle them to a leave of absence or to be able to work remotely while they have COVID-19? 
    • Are employers required to provide older workers accommodations because they are more at risk?
    • Can you maintain a temperature log of all your employees? 

    This informative COVID-19 webinar will provide the answers to these questions and many more to ensure that your HR department is prepared.

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

    Richard Warren

    Principal, Employment and Labor Deputy Group Leader, Miller Canfield

    Richard Warren defends employers facing all types of wrongful discharge lawsuits, including discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims filed by employees. He also has a wealth of experience handling non-competition litigation and defending employers faced with complex and class action cases, including age discrimination, race discrimination and retiree health benefit claims. In order to help companies avoid employment lawsuits, Richard also spends a significant amount of time counseling management and human resource professionals in areas such as hiring, layoffs, discipline and termination.  He also advises clients regarding non-competition and non-solicitation agreements and disputes. 

    Ashley Higginson

    Associate, Miller Canfield

    Ashley Higginson's practice focuses on employment and labor issues, with particular experience in education matters.  Ashley has extensive experience working with public school districts, charter and private schools, and schools for students with disabilities. Her work includes matters involving boards of education, the Open Public Records Act, FERPA, teacher tenure, special education and 504 accommodations, teacher tenure charges, harassment and discrimination claims, public bidding and union negotiation. 

    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.

  • Executive Order Update: Unpacking Ever-changing Federal and State Level Executive Orders

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/16/2020

    Join Butzel Long for this one hour webinar that will discuss how these executive orders intersect with new federal leave law requirements and the best practices for navigating employment issues.

    How do Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders and new federal leave laws impact Michigan businesses? Learn about the latest Executive Orders that prohibit Michigan employers from terminating employees who have COVID-19, or its symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. A panel of labor and employment attorneys will discuss how these Executive Orders intersect with new federal leave law requirements and the best practices for navigating employment issues in the quickly changing legal landscape caused by the COVID-19 health crisis.

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

    Kurtis T. Wilder

    Of Counsel to Butzel Long

    Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation, appeals, and mediation/facilitation. 

    Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court as its 112th Justice following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior that time, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998. 

    He has memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association.  Justice Wilder has a long history in philanthropy, having served as board chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work  He currently serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, and The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. He was recently named Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.

    Brett Miller

    Shareholder, Butzel Long

    Brett Miller is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long’s Detroit office and is the chair of the firm’s Employment Practices Liability Insurance Sub-Practice. Mr. Miller focuses his practice on employment and labor law as well as fair housing litigation. Mr. Miller frequently defends clients in state and federal discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and class action lawsuits. He also defends clients in administrative charges before numerous governmental agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the Department of Labor, and the OFCCP. In addition, Mr. Miller devotes his practice to representing clients in traditional labor matters such as grievance arbitrations and collective bargaining.

    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.

  • Return to Work: Understanding Leave Options and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/15/2020

    Join Butzel Long for this one hour webinar to address leave request laws in detail along with frequently asked questions under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

    Responding to an employee’s leave request requires employers to determine the applicability of various legal options, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Short-Term Disability (STD), company policy and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This webinar will address all of these laws in detail along with frequently asked questions under the FFCRA and what to do if an employee refuses to return to work.

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

    Kurtis T. Wilder

    Of Counsel to Butzel Long

    Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation, appeals, and mediation/facilitation. 

    Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court as its 112th Justice following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior that time, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998. 

    He has memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association.  Justice Wilder has a long history in philanthropy, having served as board chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work  He currently serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, and The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. He was recently named Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.

    Rebecca S. Davies

    Shareholder, Butzel Long

    Rebecca S. Davies is a shareholder based in Butzel Long's Detroit office. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and her juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She also completed the masters program at Wayne State University Law School by obtaining a L.L.M., with a GPA of 3.79, in Labor and Employment Law. Ms. Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies. Ms. Davies has represented employers in both the private and public sectors for almost twenty years. She has represented companies with 2 to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, Ms. Davies has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

    James S. Rosenfeld

    Shareholder, Butzel Long

    James S. Rosenfeld is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He is the previous manager of Butzel Long's Labor and Employment Practice Group and practices in the area of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor and employment cases, including trial and appellate work in both state and federal court. He also has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling labor arbitrations and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Rosenfeld is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1986) and Harvard College (A.B., 1981, magna cum laude) and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

    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.

  • Mindful Leadership and Engagement After the Storm

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/10/2020

    Join Butzel Long for this one hour webinar to address the effect of the pandemic on the workplace and workforce itself.

    This program is a discussion of the effect of the pandemic on the workplace and workforce itself. It is clear that the workforce is fractured and businesses that are restarting will find it a challenge to reengage their employees. There will be an enormous amount of work that will continue to be done from home for the near future. In some industries this may become permanent. How managers will motivate and measure productivity is a big concern.  Rebuilding teams that existed before the pandemic may  be a problem. These and other issues will be discussed in the webinar. This presentation will also address the workplace implications and stresses associated with racially charged issues including inequality and injustice.

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

    Kurtis T. Wilder

    Of Counsel to Butzel Long

    Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kurtis T. Wilder is Of Counsel to Butzel Long. He concentrates his practice in litigation, appeals, and mediation/facilitation. 

    Justice Wilder served on the Michigan Supreme Court as its 112th Justice following his appointment by Governor Rick Snyder on May 9, 2017. Prior that time, Justice Wilder served as a judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals from December 1998 to May 2017 and a judge of the Washtenaw County Trial Court from March 1992 to December 1998. 

    He has memberships in the Fellows of the Michigan State Bar Foundation; the Federalist Society, Board of Advisors, Lawyers Division-Michigan Chapter; and the Wolverine Bar Association.  Justice Wilder has a long history in philanthropy, having served as board chair of the State of Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan and Nonprofit Enterprise at Work  He currently serves on the Boards of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Dollars for Scholars, and The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. He was recently named Chair-Elect of the Board of Trustees of Interlochen Center for the Arts.  He is an Elder and Chancel Choir member at First Presbyterian Church of Plymouth.

    John P. Hancock, Jr.

    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.

    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.