ASE's 3rd Annual Employment Law Workshop-Mid-Michigan

(June 22, 2017)

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This half-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.

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.


This program has been submitted for 3.25 general credits hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 3.25recertification credit hours (PDC) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The use of these seals is not an endorsement by HRCI or SHRM for the quality of the program . It means that this conference has met the HRCI's and SHRM's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit. 

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 (Panel Discussion)

9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Breakout (Group A)


Retaliation Really? (Dickinson Wright PLLC)


The New Business Visa Environment Under the Trump Adminstration (Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, PLLC)

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

Terminations - A Through Z and Minimizing the L (Lawsuits) (Clark Hill PLC)


He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible? (Nemeth Law PC)

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. Network and End of Day

Plenary Sessions

Session I: Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan
The regulatory environment in Michigan has remained steady while Federal changes are continually in flux. In 2016 the overtime, OSHA retaliation regulations, and Fair Pay and Safe Workplace regulations, among many regulations, coupled with the aggressive enforcement posture of various federal agencies made last year extremely challenging for HR Practitioners. Now we have the Trump administration and a new approach to the regulatory environment.  Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch and Michael J. Burns as they discuss the changing regulatory environment and its impact on 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 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 two sets of breakout sessions. Attendees can attend one session in each set of breakouts.

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

Retaliation Really? 
James B. Perry, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC
Carolyn P. Cary, Of Counsel, Dickinson Wright PLLC

The EEOC is pushing the limits of adverse actions that can be considered retaliatory acts by employers.  Retaliation charges are the fastest growing and number one charge for the agency.  By emphasizing retaliation as a separate cause of action the EEOC has made it more difficult for employers to use progressive discipline to terminate employees.  Plaintiffs’ lawyers are also getting into this area as court cases alleging discharge based on retaliation for exercising protected rights have resulted in big judgments or hefty settlements. This session will review the EEOC’s definition of retaliation and provide best practices and approaches when investigations are necessary and when they go wrong.  It will help you avoid subjecting your firm to claims based on retaliation.

The New Business Visa Environment Under the Trump Adminstration
Alexandra LaCombe, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, PLLC

On April 18, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13788, which declares that it is the policy of the United States to “buy American and hire American.” Among other things, the order directs the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Homeland Security to propose new rules and issue new guidance to protect U.S. workers’ interests in the administration of the immigration system, including the prevention of fraud or abuse. They have also been directed to suggest reforms to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries. Earlier, on April 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has adopted a more targeted approach for site visits to H-1B petitioners and employee worksites.  Participants will learn about the policy reasons for changes and what to expect under the Trump Administration for all things related to business visas.

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

Terminations A-through Z and Minimizing the L (Lawsuits)
Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Senior Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

Employees can do some of the darnedest things.   This session will focus on how employers can create their own history that will insulate them from wrongful discharge claims (how to conduct and document the investigation, correctly identify the issues, avoid the cat's paw theory of liability, and eventually who and how to terminate).  Participants will be presented with various scenarios asking them what they would do and provided a checklist that HR can use as a guide to minimize liability.

He Said, She Said, Who is More Credible?
Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC

When two drivers get into an accident, it is always a question of who had the right of way. Similar issues arise when employees complain about
other employees’ actions. When HR investigates, it feels like a quagmire. It’s never simple and easy. There is always some wrinkle when interviewing
parties and witnesses. Join us in this lively session where techniques will be provided to identify credibility and truth in interviews and how to proceed when truth is gray or something in-between.


DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront


Conference Pricing

ASE Members: $79
 Nonmembers: $99


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