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  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 05/04/2022

    .Join the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and HR expert Steven Muth, owner of HR Bones,a human resources consulting firm, for this informative webinar that will help you find and build your team with the right people, allowing your business to grow and thrive. ​

    Finding, recruiting and retaining good employees has never been particularly easy. But throw in a global health pandemic along with inflation, supply chain pressures and fast-evolving priorities and technology, employers are grappling like never before to attract and keep employees, just to keep their operations afloat and open. Employee expectations are changing and if organizations want to attract and retain top talent, they must adapt. By making a consistent effort to help employees feel heard, valued and understood, businesses can dramatically improve team engagement and retention while building a workplace environment that others want to be part of

    Topics to be covered:

    • Strategies to create a desirable work environment 
    • Innovative ideas on how to compensate or structure work
    • Proven tools to minimize turnover
    • Questions to ask that help you better understand what employees want and need

     Join us and HR expert Steven Muth, owner of HR Bones, a human resources consulting firm, for this informative webinar that will help you find and build your team with the right people, allowing your business to grow and thrive. 

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

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/13/2022

    Please join the Michigan Chamber as we tackle talent attraction and retention and specifically Generation Z workers on Wednesday, April 13th.

    With the newest generation of employees – those born in the mid-to-late 1990s and known as Gen Z, Zoomers or iGen – trickling into the workforce and more and more boomers retiring and exiting the workforce, a notable demographic shift is underway. Is your business or organization ready? How do employers best meet the changing needs of different generations in the workplace? What are these youngest employees looking for? 

    With today’s workforce strain and shortages like never before, employers are scrambling to fill their employment needs while figuring out new ways and strategies to adapt and grow. Join us for this informative webinar as we explore the latest generational workforce trends, discuss where and how these younger workers align and diverge, and the top tips and ways to attract and retain GenZ.  

    Topics to be covered:

    • Understanding the definition and psychology of Generation Z
    • Assessing generational similarities and differences
    • Gaining insight on Zoomer perspectives and language 
    • Learning from Zoomer case studies
    • Preparing for the future: working with Zoomers

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

    David M. Cessante

    Member, Clark Hill, Labor and Employment Practice Group

    Dave Cessante is a member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Dave represents employers in a variety of labor and employment litigation matters in both state and federal court. Dave has also represented employers before numerous administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. In addition to litigation matters, Dave counsels employers in day-to-day labor and employment 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.

  • Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/21/2022

    Join the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Tax Policy and Legislative Affairs, Leah Robinson, for a legislative update on the tax policy and reform debate underway at Michigan’s capitol to gain information and insight on what to expect.

    Michigan policymakers will be negotiating the largest budget in the state’s history over the next few months, as an influx of one-time federal dollars has created an unprecedented amount of available revenue. With the enormous surge of dollars comes an opportunity to invest strategically and address issues and challenges. The funding has also spurred debate on state tax policy and how to restructure various funding mechanisms, including an emphasis on if and how much money to put back in the pockets of Michigan taxpayers, including businesses – from pension tax exemptions and child deductions to corporate and personal income tax rates . It’s also a big statewide election year so how likely can universal consensus be? Please join Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Tax Policy and Legislative Affairs, Leah Robinson, for a legislative update on the tax policy and reform debate underway at Michigan’s capitol to gain information and insight on what to expect. 

    This session is perfect for tax professionals, CPAs, government affairs professionals, and more.  

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

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/09/2022

    Join the Michigan Chamber and FLSA expert John David Gardiner from Bodman PLC Workplace Law on Wednesday, March 9, for this one-hour webinar to get the critical updates you need and learn how to establish employee pay processes fully compliant with the FLSA. You’ll leave with a better understanding of your legal obligations, , along with the most common mistakes and how to avoid them and, reduce your risk.

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes wage and hour laws, is complex. In fact, it’s one of the most misunderstood employment laws that often trips employers up, causing improperly paid employees that create a cascading set of challenges.  

    Join the Michigan Chamber and FLSA expert John David Gardiner from Bodman PLC Workplace Law on Wednesday, March 9, for this one-hour webinar to get the critical updates you need and learn how to establish employee pay processes fully compliant with the FLSA.  You’ll leave with a better understanding of your legal obligations, , along with the most common mistakes and how to avoid them and,  reduce your risk.

    Topics to be discussed include: 

    • Top Ten FLSA Pitfalls 
    • Top Ten FLSA Myths 
    • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees 
    • Classification Mistakes: Independent Contractors and Student Interns 
    • Compensable Time vs. Non-Compensable Time 
    • Nuanced Sector Specific Details 

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

    John David Gardiner

    Member

    Bodman PLC Workplace Law Group

    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.

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 01/12/2022

    Join the Michigan Chamber on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 with attorneys Aaron Graves and Rebecca Seguin-Skrabucha from Bodman PLC as they discuss the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    Managing family and medical leave laws can be tricky, even with the best intentions.  From penalties to damages and court fees, the cost of noncompliance isn’t cheap.  Yet one of the greatest challenges, even for experienced employers and human resource (HR) practitioners, is properly administering the Family and Medical Leave Act FMLA. The FMLA can be technical, unwieldy and difficult to understand.  This webinar will provide a plan of action for those in human resources and benefits administration anytime employees may be eligible for an FMLA leave of absence.

    Topics be to be discussed:

    • HR's responsibilities for ensuring that the employee is eligible and taking leave for an FMLA-qualifying reason.
    • The legal definition of a serious health condition and how to accurately apply this definition when approving FMLA leave.
    • The definitions of parent, spouse and child.
    • What you can and can’ do as it relates to medical certifications and recertifications.
    • How to handle intermittent and reduced schedule leave.
    • Addressing reinstatement (same or an equivalent job).
    • Best practices to avoid common mistakes.
    • Tips for drafting an effective, legally compliant FMLA policy.

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

    Aaron Graves

    Chair of the Workplace Law Practice Group

    Bodman, PLC

    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. 

    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.

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/09/2021

    Please join the MI Chamber's presentation on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 on Creating a safety culture involves having your employees work safely, rather than taking chances with Gary Smith MLIR, CRM, CSRM, Director, National Loss Control Services with AmeriTrust Group.

    Creating a safety culture involves having your employees work safely, rather than taking chance.  Join the Michigan Chamber in this interactive webinar on how important it is to correct unsafe employee behavior.  This webinar will discuss what a good safety culture looks like and offer examples of tools you can provide your employees.    

    Topics include:

    • Good vs. bad safety culture
    • Why be concerned about safety
    • What causes accidents 
    • Why people engage in risky behaviors 
    • How to change employee behaviors 

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

    Gary Smith MLIR, CRM, CSRM

    Director, National Loss Control Services

    AmeriTrust Group

    Gary Smith joined AmeriTrust Group in 2019 as the Director of National Loss Control Services.  Prior to that he worked for York Risk Services Group as the Director of Risk Control Services.  He has over 30 years of experience in the safety and loss control profession, having worked extensively with the manufacturing industry and serving in facility and corporate safety roles.  Gary has spent several years working on the agency and brokerage side.  Gary’s areas of expertise include ergonomics, safety training, risk assessments and safety program development and implementation. He holds a master’s degree from Michigan State University and is a Certified Risk Management professional.

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 12/01/2021

    Please join the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and LoVasco on December 1, 2021 to join a conversation on how companies can create a flexible and competitive benefits package to attract and retain employees.

    Employers are struggling to fill open positions and retain existing employees they have.  Differentiation is key in an increasingly competitive landscape, and a flexible and a competitive benefits package is one way employers can stand out.  This webinar will explore how companies can create a benefit design that will attract talented employees, minimize employee turnaround, keep a healthy workforce and create a healthy worker environment.  

    The presentation will focus on five areas:

    • Health/Wellness Benefits - Discovering the newest trends in employee healthcare design.
    • Communication - Evaluating if it’s time to rethink your communication strategy.
    • Wealth at Work - Delivering the next generation of workplace savings solutions.
    • Focus on Mission Critical Employees – Exploring unique ways to reward, retain and recruit your top talent.
    • Offer a Leading Work Environment - Creating a work environment and culture that draws people to your company while fostering a sense of belonging and strong values.

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

    Gene LoVasco

    President

    LoVasco

    With more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, Gene leads and inspires his team to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for clients. His expertise lies in executive benefit planning, transferring businesses to the next generation, and protecting estates from inheritance taxes.

    Prior to forming LoVasco, Gene was president of Brown & Brown of Detroit, one of Michigan’s leading insurance companies, after joining when his independent agency was acquired in2007. Before entering the insurance industry, Gene practiced public accounting at Arthur Andersen.

    Gene sits on the boards of the M Financial and Racquet Up Detroit. He is also actively involved at the Pope Francis Homeless Center. He also enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, and biking.

    Michael LoVasco

    Executive Vice President

    LoVasco

    As cofounder of LoVasco Consulting Group, Michael represents the third generation of family in the insurance industry. A steward of the reputation his grandfather, father, and family members have established over the last 60 years, Michael continues to uphold their legacy of integrity and hard work by building lasting relationships that focus on taking care of people.

    Prior experience working for Deloitte, in New York City, helped shape some of the Michael’s business philosophies that have become integral to LoVasco’s culture of client services. Michael spends much of his time meeting new people and learning about their businesses.

    Michael serves as the Finance Chair on the Ascension St. John Foundation Board, and the President of the Young Leaders Council for Racquet Up Detroit.

    Mike Iley

    Managing Director

    LoVasco

    Mike is an influencer. He helps organizations design, build, and maintain the next generation of workplace savings solutions.

    At LoVasco, Mike is responsible for thought leadership and the strategic direction of the firm’s Retirement Plan Consulting practice. His prior experience working at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co, NEPC Investment Consulting, and Morgan Stanley’s Graystone Consulting Group, provides a unique perspective on the industry. Mike is motivated every day to help the average American worker, who might not otherwise have access to financial guidance, the opportunity to build a meaningful nest egg for retirement by designing innovative retirement plans.

    Mike is an avid Cross-Fitter and is active in his church community.

    Scott Harris

    Vice President Sales

    LoVasco

    Scott is a problem solver and connector whose passion is helping his clients realize their greatest success. His naturally inquisitive and analytical nature helps him uncover both issues and opportunities, while his ability to develop deep relationships lays the foundation for serving as a trusted advisor.

    Scott worked with middle market companies for 22 years in commercial banking at NDB, Comerica, and KeyBank prior to joining LoVasco. Scott understands the myriad of challenges facing midsized companies, in particular, the importance of building the right team, as people are the engine that ultimately drives success. In his new role, Scott is dedicated to introducing employers and executives to the broad suite of services offered by LoVasco.

    Outside of the office, Scott likes spending time with his wife Amy and four adult children. During the summer, Scott’s favorite season, he can be found outdoors enjoying any water related activity, exercising, or cooking.

    Chris Schuppe

    Consultant

    LoVasco

    Chris works alongside Gene LoVasco, acting as a primary point of contact for new and existing Executive Benefit clients. Chris is responsible for managing the scope, quality, and timeliness of client deliverables. He contributes directly to key business outcomes, such as retention and growth, by tailoring Executive Benefit solutions to the long-term objectives of our clients.

    Robust in both sales and management experience, Chris’s advisory background lends itself to successfully developing programs and building lasting relationships.

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/18/2021

    Join the MI Chamber and Plunkett Cooney on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.as we discuss best practices for documentation to keep your business in compliance and out of legal trouble.

    If isn’t documented, it didn’t happen – so how can your business be better prepared? Join us as we cover the Who, What, When & How of documentation best practices to keep your business in compliance and out of legal trouble while demonstrating fairness, consistency and clear expectations. Learn how to avoid the most common, overlooked mistakes employers make when handling employee performance or behavior issues. Maintaining the right information and records can also make or break a manager’s ability to fairly promote, reward and recognize – as well as terminate or discipline – employees. 

    Topics to be covered:

    • What do we mean by "documentation"?
    • Formal versus information documentation - is one better?
    • Primary risk areas - when is documentation most critical?
    • Where do you keep various forms of documentation and for how long?How do you request documentation from a manager after notice of a claim or issue?
    • What happens if documentation goes missing? 
    • How do you get "buy in" from all levels of the organization to properly document?

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

    Courtney Nichols

    Co-Leader, Labor and Employment Law Practice Group

    Plunkett Cooney

    Courtney L. Nichols, one of the co-leaders of Plunkett Cooney's Labor and Employment Practice Group, focuses her litigation practice in the areas of employment law, including discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims. She represents and advises employers on important employment issues involving various state and federal statutes, and assists them with developing and implementing employee contracts, non-compete agreements, and employee manuals.  

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/12/2021

    Join the MI Chamber as we present board-certified psychologists Drs. Aaron Weiner and Shawn Hondorp in an exploration of current employee mental health and wellness trends during COVID-19 and an overview of best-practice steps employers can take to boost employee resilience, reduce turnover and support both their remote and in-person staff.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on employee mental health and wellness.  Rates of depression and anxiety are at their highest point in recent memory, and many employees are turning to unhealthy behaviors, in an attempt to cope.  The result has been costly, both from the perspective of the employer (lost productivity and expensive staff turnover) and for the employee (work-related stress and burnout). In the face of these challenges, employers have a high-leverage opportunity to implement practices and interventions to support employee health and wellness, with an even greater return on investment than in less stressful times.  Join board-certified psychologists Drs. Aaron Weiner and Shawn Hondorp in an exploration of current employee mental health and wellness trends during COVID-19 and an overview of best-practice steps employers can take to boost employee resilience, reduce turnover and support both their remote and in-person staff.

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

    Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP

    Aaron Weiner, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Psychologist and addiction specialist, and speaks nationally on the topics of addiction, behavioral health and the impact of drug policy on public health. He earned his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. His perspective is informed by years of experience growing and directing addiction service lines for hospitals and healthcare systems, the current state of medical and psychological research, and his own observations in private practice. Dr. Weiner is the President-Elect of the Society of Addiction Psychology, a member of the Physician Speakers Bureau for the National Safety Council, and on the Science Advisory Board for Smart Approaches to Marijuana.

    Shawn Hondorp, PhD, ABPP

    Shawn Hondorp, PhD, ABPP is a board-certified Clinical Health Psychologist and health behavior expert. She speaks nationally on the topics of health, weight and wellness and how most of the ways we approach these issues runs counter to motivation science. She earned her doctorate from Drexel University in Philadelphia and completed her pre-doctoral internship and fellowship in Health Psychology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has a top-rated podcast called Motivation Made Easy: Body Respect, True Health where she interviews experts in the field and outlines evidence-based and effective approaches to improve health and well-being. She has unique training and experience doing research and patient care in the fields of weight management and eating disorders at top-rated hospitals and universities around the country, including but not limited to Michigan State University, University of Chicago Eating Disorders Program, Drexel University, Penn Center for Eating and Weight Disorders and Rush University Medical Center. Her goal is to disseminate science-backed information and impact individual and systemic change to foster health and well-being for all persons.

    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.

  • Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Join the MI Chamber and Secure Education Consultants (SEC) for a discussion on how to recognize verbal and nonverbal warning signs of increased aggression, how to build a rapport, how to manage your emotional reactivity, how to communicate effectively and more so that you can handle intense situations with the priority of keeping everyone involved safe on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

    Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a charged political climate, it is possible to find ourselves, our businesses, our employees and customers in emotionally charged interactions or potentially violent situations.  Though such situations can arise unexpectedly, we can train and prepare for them, in order to achieve the best possible outcome.  The experts from Secure Education Consultants (SEC) will address the need that has become increasingly prevalent during recent times:  the ability to reduce the intensity of a conflict or potentially violent situation.  

    This webinar provides instruction on how to recognize verbal and nonverbal warning signs of increased aggression, how to build a rapport, how to manage your emotional reactivity, how to communicate effectively and more so that you can handle intense situations with the priority of keeping everyone involved safe.

    This program will cover:  

    • A discussion of security concerns specific to the pandemic
    • Strategies to keep members of your organization safe and secure while maintaining safe practices
    • Strategies for de-escalating potentially dangerous situations
    • Practical techniques to verbally de-escalate a potentially violent confrontation

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

    Jason Russell

    President and Founder

    Secure Education Consultants (SEC)

    Secure Education Consultants (SEC) president and founder, Jason Russell, has provided event presentations on key safety and security topics for over 14 years, both in the United States and Internationally.  A little bit of background on SEC: SEC equips and empowers schools, childcare centers and businesses to create safer environments through tailored site assessments, emergency preparedness plans and critical incident response training from our elite group of tactical professionals, comprised of former U.S. Secret Service Agents.  Mr. Russell is a former U.S. Secret Service Agent, serving our country for over 11 years, achieving numerous titles and accolades during his career including:  Lead Instructor at International Law Enforcement Academy, US Marshals Fugitive Task Force, Secret Service Technical Security Division Agent and Outstanding Service Award from the Gerald Ford Foundation.  He was also involved in protecting the President, Vice President, former Presidents, cabinet members and visiting heads of state.  Prior to the Secret Service, he served as a police officer on the Lansing Police Department.  Mr.  Russell has his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Security Management.   His training, experience and prospective provide a unique lens in which to present topics on safety and security.

    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.