Employment Law Briefing 2023 - American Society of Employers - Heather Nezich
Employment Law Briefing 2023

Employment Law Briefing 2023

Employment Law Briefing 2023

September 27, 2023

ASE’s 2023 Employment Law Briefing provides the latest employment law trends and updates. Attorney-led panels and specialized breakouts will review a number of everyday laws and regulations that impact the employer-employee relationship.

By attending this Employment Law Briefing, you will have the opportunity to network with industry peers, legal experts, and professionals from diverse backgrounds, fostering valuable connections and sharing practical insights. Whether you are an HR executive or practitioner, in-house counsel, business owner, or employment law practitioner, this conference will equip you with the knowledge and strategies to proactively address legal challenges, optimize workplace practices, and cultivate a harmonious and legally compliant work environment.

Reserve your spot at the Employment Law Briefing today and ensure your organization is well-prepared for the legal challenges of tomorrow.

Seating is limited so register early.


This program has been submitted for 3 PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification credits through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 3 SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification credits 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.


8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Employment Law Update

Anne-Marie V. Welch, Member, Clark Hill

The final days of the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions on affirmative action, religious accommodations, and public accommodations with respect to first amendment rights.  In addition, we have the proposed wage and hour regulations on independent contractor, National Labor Relations Board regulations on joint employment, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) banning non competes, and the 16 employment bills being pushed through the Michigan Legislature from the Crown Act to House Bill 4474 making the use of wrong pronouns a crime. It has been a very busy and complicated year for HR professionals.  And in addition, the Michigan Supreme Court may reinstate the original Michigan Sick Leave Act. It could be a headache filled end of year for all businesses. In this session, participants will learn about the new legislative activities and court cases in the past 12 months; gain insight as to strategies for compliance; and learn what is expected in election year 2024.

About Anne-Marie V. Welch

Anne-Marie V. Welch serves as Labor & Employment leader of Clark Hill’s Automotive and Manufacturing Industry Team. As an employment and labor law specialist, Anne-Marie defends employers in state and federal lawsuits and administrative proceedings against wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and related statutory and tort claims. She also prosecutes and defends claims pertaining to confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.


9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Ask The Lawyer Panel


Terry Bonnette – Partner, Nemeth Bonnette Brouwer PC
Michael J. Burns  Executive Vice President, ASE
S. Rae Gross  Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Anne-Marie V. Welch  Member, Clark Hill


Michael R. Blum  Shareholder, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC | Attorneys


10:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Hot Topic Briefing: Remote Work & Substance Abuse

Terry Bonnette, Partner, Nemeth Bonnette Brouwer PC

Since the pandemic, remote work is becoming a desired benefit and in some cases the norm for employers.  Among issues for employers is how to handle situations when the remote employee has substance abuse issues. If these employees are in customer facing roles, it can be very problematic. Participants will learn first how to identify when remote employees are dealing with substance abuse, second what to do if the situation arises, and third, best practices when these situations arise.

About Terry Bonnette

Terry Bonnette is a partner with Nemeth Bonnette Brouwer (formerly Nemeth Law), a Detroit-based, management-side labor and employment law firm. He focuses his practice on labor and employment counseling and litigation, covering a wide range of contract compliance and regulatory compliance issues, including, FMLA, Wage and Hour, and the ADA. He represents clients in litigation before state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and arbitrators.


Hot Topic Briefing: The Rise and Pitfalls of using Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

S. Rae Gross, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being incorporated in many aspects of everyday life at work from recruitment to succession planning to technical writing and more.   AI use can trigger a number of liability risks, including potential discrimination and privacy issues.  Participants will get an overview of legal issues surrounding AI, discuss the EEOC’s focus on employer use of AI, and review some best practices when implementing AI tools.  

About S. Rae Gross

Rae Gross has spent over 25 years as litigator and counselor on a wide range of employment matters. With a combination of private practice and in-house experience, Rae has a keen understanding of the challenges employers face and the importance of providing practical legal advice and business-oriented solutions.


Get in front HR professionals and leaders by securing a sponsorship at the 2023 Employment Law Briefing.

For more information or to secure a sponsorship, contact Nick Corrado.

2023 Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsor

Presenting Sponsors

Foster Swift Collin & Smith || Attorneys

Seating is limited so register early!

Early Bird Pricing

ASE Member: $79
Future Member: $89

After August 31, 2023

ASE Member: $99
Future Member: $109


This event will be held at the ASE headquarters in Troy, MI:

5505 Corporate Drive
Michigan Room - 1st floor
Troy, MI 48098



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