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

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11/17/2020 at 10:00 AM (EST)

    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 Includes a Live Web Event on 11/12/2020 at 9:00 AM (EST)

    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 in 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.


  • HR 101: Introduction to Human Resources

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 10/27/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT) 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. 

    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.


  • Immigration Strategies and Updates

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    Join us as employment law experts from the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock, and Stone the latest strategies and updates in immigration law.

    Join the Miller Canfield Team of Immigration Attorneys for a discussion on getting back to business handling immigration and compliance issues while obtaining and retaining a diverse workforce (COVID-19 to Post-COVID-19).  This webinar will discuss the latest updates on Immigration Policy to include:

    • The history and current status of the 2020 Presidential Proclamations under COVID
      • Travel restrictions - COVID
      • Travel restrictions - visa categories
      • National Interest Exemptions
      • Land border closures
      • Recent injunction re: travel ban
      • Commonly pursued categories not affected by the Proclamations, as well as current trends regarding those categories
    • Advancement of Priority Dates within certain Preference Categories under the October 2020 Visa Bulletin
    • Expansion of DHS Premium Processing program
    • Continued I-9 flexibility under COVID
    • H-1B furloughs/unemployment benefits
    • Changes to F/J/I visa categories
    • DOL/DHS interim rules regarding wage level increases and strengthening of H-1B regulations

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

    Julianne Cassin Sharp

    Principle - Leader Immigration Team, Miller Canfield

    Julianne Cassin Sharp leads Miller Canfield’s Immigration practice team. She has represented multinational companies across numerous industries in the area of employment-based immigration for 19 years, as well as represented individuals and families in the area of family-based immigration law throughout that time.  Her areas of expertise include but are not limited to immigrant petitions, nonimmigrant petitions, foreign labor PERM certification, adjustment of status applications, waivers, naturalization, consular processing, and advising companies on corporate compliance audits and risk assessment (DOJ investigations, as well as I-9 Audits including issues of employment eligibility, use of E-verify, and determining risk of government sanctions and penalties). Julianne has represented clients in the U.S. Immigration Court and before all branches of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Elizabeth Baker

    Associate, Miller Canfield

    Beth Baker is an employment-based immigration attorney with hands-on experience managing the nonimmigrant, immigrant, PERM labor certification and permanent residence process for large, multinational clients. Her experience includes managing multiple batch PERM recruitment and filings, and advising and counseling Fortune 500 clients and start-ups in the IT, engineering, and architecture industries regarding H-1B and LCA compliance issues. She is experienced with internal personnel management responsibilities, corporate client onboarding and fee negotiations as well as consular processing and family-based immigration services such as I-130 filings.

    Kevin Wang

    Associate, Miller Canfield

    Kevin Wang's practice covers a wide range of employment-based immigration matters. He represents U.S. companies from start-ups to multinational corporations navigating the various temporary visa and green card categories for their foreign national workforce. He regularly advises and works with companies to ensure regulatory compliance throughout the PERM Labor Certification process. Kevin also advises companies on worksite compliance issues, including E-Verify and I-9 compliance, and H-1B Labor Condition Application compliance.

    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 Safety for Non-Safety Professionals

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/13/2020

    Join Bodman PLC attorneys as they address the ways you can work to improve safety and compliance at your organization. ​

    Safety is essential to the long-term profitability and well-being of any organization, but many companies don't have the staff or funds to dedicate a full-time resource to it.  Safety training and compliance, including OHSA and or MIOSHA compliance, often falls on the shoulders of HR managers or support staff who wear many other hats in their companies already.  During the COVID-19 pandemic we have all had to quickly adapt to fluid changes regarding virtually all aspects of workplace safety. 

    If “safety professional” is not your primary role and you're involved with planning or communicating safety messages, this one-hour webinar on October 13, 2020 is for you. If safety IS your primary role, this may be a good refresher course or resource to share with your front-line managers involved in safety efforts!

    During this webinar, we will go through the ways you can work to improve safety and compliance at your organization. We will discuss key elements of every safety program and how they can be implemented in your workplace.  We will also go over tips for changing unsafe employee behaviors and supply you with resources to keep your company up-to-date and compliant.

    TOPICS COVERED

    • How safety impacts the success of every company
    • Things every safety program should include
    • COVID-19 specific safety requirements 
    • Documentation requirements related to safety and compliance
    • Holding every employee accountable for their behaviors 
    • Who to turn to in an emergency

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

    John T. Below

    Member, Bodman PLC

    John aggressively solves problems and wins cases for his clients, which include, large employers in the construction and health care industries, regional and national banks, and major manufacturing and industrial companies. John partners with his clients and together, they forge and execute strategies for success.

    John’s primary area of litigation and dispute resolution expertise is state and federal litigation of employment law matters, including: Discrimination litigation and arbitrations
    Wrongful discharge litigation and arbitrations
    Non-compete and confidentiality agreement litigation
    Traditional labor matters
    Administrative proceedings before the EEOC and MDCR

    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.

  • Update on the Supreme Court Decision on Michigan's Executive Orders and What it Means for Employers

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/12/2020

    Please join Bodman PLC attorney Gary Fealk for this 60-minute webinar that will feature updates on the Supreme Court's decision on Michigan's Executive Orders and what it mean's for employers.

    Bodman attorney Gary Fealk will provide an update on the Supreme Court's decision on Michigan's executive orders and what that means for Michigan employers.   This will be an interactive session with time for questions.  

    This webinar is FREE for Michigan Chamber Members / $20 for non-members and will be recorded and available on-demand shortly after the live webinar. 

    Gary S. Fealk

    Member, Bodman PLC

    Gary Fealk practices in all areas of labor and employment litigation on behalf of private and public sector employers. He has particular expertise in union/management relations including collective bargaining, labor arbitrations, administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) and in multi-employer benefit fund collection actions. He has extensive experience defending discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims in state and federal courts and before the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He also represents employers in cases involving non-competition agreements, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

  • Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 09/30/2020

    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.