Reopening Michigan: What legal issues do businesses need to consider?

Recorded On: 04/28/2020

As Michigan moves closer to reopening many businesses have legal questions and concerns, please join us and attorneys from Warner Norcross and Judd to discuss how you can be better prepared to return to work.  Below is a list of questions we plan to cover in this webinar along with answering any questions you might have.  Our Reopening Michigan webinar will take place on Friday, April 24th at 11:00 am.    


Due to the Legislature returning to Lansing for session and the Governor making an announcement regarding the “Stay at Home” order this Friday (April 24) we have decided to move our “Reopening Michigan” webinar to Tuesday, April 28th at 11a.m.  The change was made to ensure you receive the most accurate up-to-date information on potential legal concerns for reopening your business.

Bringing employees back and internal operations 

  • What policies and procedures do I need to have in place to bring people back?
  • What about employees that refuse to return to work?
  • What liability does an employer have to its employees, its employees’ family, or members of an employees’ household?        
  • Do I bring all employees back at once? 
  • What about safety protocols for operations? 
  • Do I need to provide employees with PPE? 
  • Do I need a preparedness plan? 
  • What cleaning and maintenance do I need to do? 
  • How do I comply with social distancing?
  • What do I do if someone tests positive or has symptoms after return?

Business operations

  • How do I determine if I can invoke force majeure to excuse performance?
  • What should be expected of me after I’ve declared force majeure or been shut down by a shelter in place order?
  • What are the risks associated with a force majeure declaration? 
  • How do I manage my customers and suppliers as I get my business back up and running? 
  • How do I allocate my capacity among my customers, and get priority from my suppliers? 

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

Jim Holcomb

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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

Edward J. Bardelli

Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Ed’s practice focuses on representing companies in employment and commercial litigation. Ed has successfully represented manufacturers, utility companies, universities and banks in all manner of employment disputes, including race, sex, age, FMLA and disability discrimination claims, as well as harassment, retaliation and whistleblower claims. He has also successfully represented businesses in enforcing non-competition agreements and protecting their trade secrets. Ed was lead counsel for Amway Corp. when the company won a $26 million arbitration award in a lawsuit involving noncompete, non-solicit and trade secret claims, and he was co-counsel in the Taco Bell Chihuahua case, which resulted in a jury awarding our client $36 million. As one of his clients put it, “Ed Bardelli provides high quality work at a cost-effective price. He is zealous in his representation of his clients and always ethical. He gives practical advice with his client's business needs in mind." Ed is the immediate past chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group and currently serves on the firm's Management Committee and Litigation Steering Committee.

Michael G. Brady

Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Michael is chair of Warner’s Litigation Practice Group as well as co­chair of the Automotive Industry Group and the Class Action Group. Michael concentrates his practice on representing clients in complex business litigation and class action matters. Michael regularly represents Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers in contract negotiations and supply chain disputes. He also represents companies in defending class action cases involving various claims, such as antitrust, consumer and securities fraud. Likewise, Michael has extensive experience in conducting internal compliance investigations on behalf of major corporations. Michael has successfully represented clients at every stage of the litigation process in federal and state courts throughout the United States. He has been consistently recognized by his peers as a “Super Lawyer” in the Michigan Super Lawyers magazine

Troy M. Cuming

Executive Partner: Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Troy Cumings chairs the firm’s Government Affairs Group and serves as the Executive Partner of the firm’s Lansing office. Troy has over 20 years of experience working on government policy in Michigan, other states, Washington D.C., and around the world. He focuses his practice on policies impacting businesses and organizations with a Michigan presence. Troy works within the intersection of law, policy and politics. He specializes in achieving solutions to complex and contentious issues, and has served as a primary advocate for some of the most high-profile issues in Michigan over the past 10 years. He is regarded as one of the lead advocates in the state on environmental policy but has extensive experience with myriad other policy areas, including healthcare, child welfare, tax, economic incentives, labor, energy, mining, licensing, religious issues and banking. In addition, Troy is one of the top campaign­finance and election lawyers in the state—with experience representing statewide candidates and ballot initiatives, local and state public officials, PACs, nonprofit entities and political parties.

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.


Reopening Michigan: What legal issues do businesses need to consider?
Live event: 04/28/2020 at 11:00 AM (EDT) You must register to access.