ASE's 6th Annual Employment Law Workshop

(August 17, 2017)

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This full-day workshop will address a wide and varied group of topics in the area of employee relations. Attorney-led panels and specialized breakouts will review a number of everyday laws and regulations that impact the employer-employee relationship. These laws and regs are often packed with ambiguity and gray areas that trigger doubt in even the most seasoned HR professional’s mind. Be sure to understand the laws in order to protect your company from risk.

If you’re looking to enhance your strategic and tactical approach in a hands-on format, this ASE exclusive event was designed for you.

What's in it for you?

  • Join fellow HR professionals seeking the answers to having a harmonious workforce in an ever changing environment. 
  • A unique luncheon session will feed your hunger and your mind during an “Ask the Lawyers” session on any and all employee relations topics.

For questions on this event, contact Anthony Kaylin at 248.223.8012


Start End  Description
7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:30 a.m. 8:35 a.m. Welcome & Program Overview
8:35 a.m. 9:35 a.m.

Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan 

9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Breakout (Group A) 


Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave (Clark Hill PLC)


Pitfalls in Social Media Recruiting (Ogletree Deakins)



11:00 a.m. 11:15 a.m. Break and Networking
11:15 a.m. 12:30p.m. Breakout Sessions (Group B)

Retaliation in the Workplace (Dickinson Wright PLLC)




Immigration Employment Policy Under the Trump Administration (Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP)

12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Plenary Session


Ask the Panel:  Everything You Wanted to Know From Your Legal Counsel and Didn’t Want to Pay For

2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Break and Networking
2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Group C)

My Employee Won’t Work Saturdays, What Do I Do? (Nemeth Law PC)



My Employee Did What Off Hours? (Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.)


Leaving Us? Don’t Forget Your Non-Compete! (Berry Moorman P.C.)

3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. Network and End of Day

Plenary Sessions

Session I: Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan
With the new administration comes a new approach to compliance and enforcement. With the rollback of many of the Obama Administration pushes from NLRB to EEOC to FLSA and with Michigan pushing many of the same issues as the President, this session will review the changes and what to expect in the next twelve months. Join TBD and ASE's own Michael J. Burns as they discuss the changing regulatory environment and how it is impacting Michigan employers.

Session 2: Ask the Panel: Everything You Wanted to Know From Your Legal Counsel and Didn’t Want to Pay For
This session will be a Q&A panel format. Any employment topic, whether addressed elsewhere in the program or not, is fair game. Participants will be able to question the lawyers on any topic they may be currently dealing with or are curious about; however, any legal advice given will be general in nature. The format lends itself to spirited exchanges of different perspectives among panelists, expanding understanding of the issues at stake.


ASE's Employment Law Workshop will consist of two Plenary sessions and three sets of breakout sessions. Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts.

Morning Plenary: Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan

Afternoon Plenary: Ask the Panel: Everything You Wanted to Know From Your Legal Counsel and Didn’t Want to Pay For

Morning Breakout Sessions - 9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave
Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Senior Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

Probably the most perplexing areas of HR for most practitioners, intermittent FMLA is one of the most difficult to track and take action against when abuse is suspected. This session will review various methods to control leave and reduce abuse. Participants will learn to navigate the technical aspects of FMLA and create action plans to control intermittent FMLA leave.

Pitfalls in Social Media Recruiting
TBD, Ogletree Deakins

Social media recruiting is the number one recruitment tool today and intelligence tools are pulling in more information to create the employee profile– maybe too much. This session reviews potential problems using these tools in order to assist in minimizing exposure to discrimination and other claims. Participants will be presented scenarios to identify issues using social media within recruitment processes and recommendations to reduce the risk of failure to hire lawsuits.


More Morning Breakout Sessions - 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Retaliation in the Workplace
James B. Perry , Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

The fastest growing charge of the EEOC has been retaliation and it isn’t always easy to spot. Any employer is at risk. This session will review the new EEOC guidance on retaliation and various scenarios, especially subtle, that arise in the workplace. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to retaliation claims and various proactive actions they should take to prevent future issues.


Immigration Employment Policy Under the Trump Administration
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

One of President Trump’s first Executive Orders was banning inbound travel from certain countries for a variety of visa holders. Enforcement of immigration laws has become more stringent and restrictive. With the talent shortage potentially becoming more extreme as the pipelines are cut, this session will review the past eight months of executive actions and enforcement and provide a glimpse of the future. Participants will gain knowledge and strategies for future talent planning.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions - 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

My Employee Won’t Work Saturdays, What Do I Do?
Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC

Religious accommodations are being requested at a more frequent rate. For example, an employee who initially had no issue working on Sabbath now refuses to do so. The EEOC has updated its guidance in this area. This session will explore how to determine if an employee is holding a sincere religious belief and what the obligations are for making accommodations for employees. Participants will learn the rights and responsibilities of employers when religious accommodations are requested.

My Employee Did What Off Hours?
Frank T. Mamat, Shareholder, Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C.

Under the Obama administration, employee activity off-hours was generally considered protected activity by the NLRB and other agencies. With the Trump administration, that viewpoint has changed. This session will review how this administration views employee off-hours activity and what actions employers can take when these situations arise. Participants will learn strategies to investigate or corroborate actions taken by employees that detrimentally impact the employment relationship.

Leaving Us? Don’t Forget Your Non-Compete!
Sheryl Laughren , Partner , Berry Moorman P.C.

Restrictive covenants are routinely used by employers from simple non-competes to anti-employee poaching (e.g. the recent Apple and Google case). How common is this scenario--after nearly a decade with the company, that once entry level employee who signed a non-compete upon hire is now a key employee and just left on bad terms Are restrictive covenants effective? Are they enforceable? This session will review various types of restrictive covenants used by employers and provide guidance as to the enforceability of each. Participants will review various scenarios to learn how, when, and why restrictive covenants are useful tools for employers.


VisTaTech Center
Schoolcraft College
18600 Haggerty Rd
Livonia, MI 48152

Direction Information
  • Free parking is available in Schoolcraft College’s North Parking Lot
  • Easy access from major expressways, including I-275, M-14, and I-96.



Conference Pricing
Through July 7th:
ASE Members: $119
Nonmembers: $149

After July 7th:
ASE Members: $159
Nonmembers: $179


Contact Talent Development to receive group pricing for groups of 6 or more at 248.223.8041.


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