ASE's 4th Annual Employment Law Workshop-Mid-Michigan

(June 21, 2018)

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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 
Daniel G. Cohen, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

9:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Breakout (Group A)


That's Time Worked? (James Perry, Member Dickinson Wright PLLC)


The Cross-Border Conundrum (Alexandra V. LaCombe, Partner, Fragoment Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP)

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

When Employee Rights Compete With Each Other (Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC)


Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave (Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill PLC)

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. Network and End of Day

Plenary Sessions

Session I: Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan
Almost two years in with the new administration and a new regulatory approach geared towards compliance and enforcement has been introduced. This session will review the changes and what to expect in the next twelve moths. Join Daniel G. Cohen from Ogletree Deakins as he discusses 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 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 - Group A

That's Time Worked?
James Perry, Member, Dickinson Wright PLLC

From employee travel to donning and doffing clothing to working through lunchtime, “time worked” has always been a complicated calculation. And now it’s just getting worse. Smart phones, Wi-Fi, and continuous access have made the complicated even more complicated. And then there is training and traveling. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action lawsuits are at their highest level in years. This session will review the rules of time worked for a variety of situations and provide guidance on how to limit your exposure to overtime claims and lawsuits.

The Cross-Border Conundrum
Alexandra V. LaCombe, Partner, Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP

With the Trump Administration first threatening to pull out of NAFTA and immigration issues becoming a focus in Washington, what does the future hold for business visas and cross border travel? For example, there appears to be more difficulty in acquiring the TN Visas whether from Canada or Mexico. Participants will learn about the Canadian, Mexican, and U.S. changes to both business visa, travel, and tax requirements and how to plan for the future.

Breakout Sessions - Group B

When Employee Rights Compete with Each Other
Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Law PC

As more employees assert their “rights” in the workplace, employers may find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place. By accommodating one employee you may disadvantage another employee. And most importantly what about employer rights? This session will review strategies and best practices for managing competing rights in the workplace.

Getting a Handle on Intermittent FMLA Leave
Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, 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.


Horizons Conference Center
6200 State Street
Saginaw, Michigan 48603


Conference Pricing

ASE Members: $79
 Nonmembers: $99


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