HR Professionals! May the force be with you!

By: Ultimate Software

HR Professionals! May the force be with you!

Are you an HR professional? Do you like Star Wars? Even if you’re not a huge fan, we’d love to help you leave work a little early to join US!

Ultimate Software is hosting a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Friday, December 15th at 2:45 pm at the Emagine in Royal Oak.

You’ll be treated to complimentary food and beverages. Plus, you’ll be able to join Chewbacca in the photo booth for some fun pictures before the show! This is a family-friendly event, so please bring a guest!

We’ll have a brief overview of UltiPro followed by the movie. Tickets are limited, so RSVP via Eventbrite.

Or contact Christie Hecht at 248.229.5125 or Christie_Hecht@ultimatesoftware.com

May the force be with you!

Walsh College Launches Innovative Automotive Cybersecurity Concentration to Explore New Industry and Anticipate Future Growth

By: Walsh College

Walsh College has announced the launch of an all-new, groundbreaking academic concentration in Automotive Cybersecurity. The program will take an experiential and applied approach to produce qualified automotive cybersecurity professionals with the skills and understanding to help the auto industry secure and expand innovation in the growing field.

With the addition of multiple networks, computers, and control units within modern vehicles, vehicle cybersecurity has taken center stage. The concentration is an expansion of the College’s innovative Fundamentals of Automotive Cybersecurity course, which was the first of its kind nationally when it launched in spring 2017. The new concentration will go further into the industry with courses such as Advanced Automotive Penetration Testing & Threat Analysis, and Connected Automotive Ecosystems and Threat Analysis, giving students an understanding of the challenges, risks, and opportunities in a rapidly growing industry.

“Walsh has a rich history of leading the way for advanced academic programming, particularly in emerging technology fields,” said Marsha Kelliher, president and CEO of Walsh College. “As technology continues to change the way we live and work, it is critical to deliver a top-notch education rooted in real-world practices to train and inspire professionals who will become new leaders in rapidly evolving fields such as automotive cybersecurity. There is no doubt that the industry will continue to grow, highlighting a need for practical instruction that is relevant and valuable.”

Spearheaded by Dave Schippers, CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), EnCE (Encase Certified Examiner), and Information Technology and Cybersecurity assistant professor at Walsh College, the Automotive Cybersecurity concentration will provide a significantly different approach than other institutions by fusing engineering and cybersecurity concepts to deliver a multifaceted education for an emerging industry.

“The automotive industry is experiencing a significant shift of technologies within vehicles, making the need for automotive cybersecurity paramount,” said Schippers. “The concept of connected, autonomous or self-driving vehicles is being actively researched, designed and tested. The technology innovations, customer expectations, and future direction of transportation are all fusing to create a dramatic, new vertical destined to transform the automotive and transportation industries. We are thrilled to deliver advanced automotive cybersecurity programs to drive innovation in this exciting new field.”

In 2015, Walsh’s Cybersecurity program was designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Automotive Cybersecurity will officially launch in winter 2018. For more information, visit https://www.walshcollege.edu/bachelors-bs-degree-information-technology-automotive-cybersecurity.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Holds Inaugural AA/EEO & Diversity Conference – High Level Speakers Present – Harassment a Key Topic

By: American Society of Employers

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, hnezich@aseonline.org, 248-223-8040

Livonia, Mich. —November 16, 2017 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, held its inaugural the AA/EEO & Diversity Conference.

Just over 100 HR professionals attended the conference on November 15th.  Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair, U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, opened the conference.  Commissioner Lipnic discussed the 2017 EEOC Performance Report, the efficiencies of the agency’s new online intake system, and the dramatic reduction of the backlog of cases.  Acting Chair Lipnic also stated that sexual harassment charges are growing fast and they’ve seen a significant uptick in the amount of web page visits to guidelines surrounding harassment.  Later in the day, Gail Cober, Director of Detroit’s EEOC Field Office, presented on Retaliation in the Workplace.  She stated that retaliation is the most frequently alleged basis of discrimination and has doubled since 1998.

Other key speakers included Anne-Marie Vercruysse Welch, Member, Clark Hill, who covered how harassment has been a hot issue in the workplace and how to combat it; Candee Chambers, Executive Director at DirectEmployers, who gave an OFCCP update and discussed how the current leadership vacuum is allowing OFCCP to continue to pursue cases as it had under the Obama administration; Susan DeClercq, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Michelle P. Crockett, Principal and Director of Professional Development, Miller Canfield, discussed topics related to the Department of Justice including USERRA, immigration, ADA, and Title Vll; Annette Tyman, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, covered the quickly changing landscape of pay disparity laws followed by Patrick Nooren, Executive Vice President, Biddle Consulting Group, provided methodology to identify pay disparity; Bill Osterndorf, President of HR Analytics, covered local and state affirmative action requirements; David Goldstein, Shareholder,  Littler Mendelson, discussed how much has and hasn’t changed since the OFCCP implemented the Internet Applicant Rule in 2006; Tiffany Buckley-Norwood, Principal, Jackson Lewis, spoke on the issues arising from the intersection of the ADA, Workers Compensation, and FMLA; and Haven Cockerham, President, Cockerham and Associates, focused on diversity and inclusion framework that participants can implement at their employers. 

The day ended with John Fox, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., who presented leading edge thinking around OFCCP’s current approach to statistical analysis and provided pointers on how to be proactive in compliance.  

“ASE was very pleased with the turnout for this new event.  The caliber of speakers sets this conference apart from many others.  Attendees were very engaged and left with the most up to date federal and state compliance updates,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO.

For information on future ASE events, please visit www.aseonline.org.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ In America

By: Plunkett Cooney

Date: November 14, 2017

Contact: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 14, 2017 — For the 8th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been ranked as one of the 2018 “Best Law Firms” in the nation by U.S. News and Best Lawyers®.

Four of the firm’s offices received tier-one ratings in multiple practice areas. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its scope of practice, understanding of business and needs, expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, civility and client reference.

“Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a combination of law firm leader and client feedback, independent research, and responses gathered from Best Lawyers peer-reviews. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who has received high enough peer-review to be listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers. Firms are eligible in the practice area(s) and metro region(s) in which they have listed lawyers.

Awards were given to law firms in 122 metropolitan areas and eight states based on rankings of more than 13,300 firms in 75 national practice areas. Using a tiered rather than a ranked system, Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the following first-tier metropolitan categories:

  • Metro Detroit
    • Appellate Practice
    • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
    • Insurance Law
    • Labor Law – Management
    • Litigation – Construction
    • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
    • Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers
  • Kalamazoo
    • Banking and Finance Law
  • Lansing
    • Litigation – Municipal

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected attorney ranking service in the world. For more than 30 years, the Best Lawyers in America list recognizes the top lawyers in each practice area and metropolitan region in the country. U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of transactional and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, another leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s recognition as a 2018 “Best Law Firm,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Announces New Conference – AA/EEO & Diversity Conference 11/15/17


The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces a new conference for 2017 – the AA/EEO & Diversity Conference.

The current administration has changed the enforcement priorities by the EEOC and the OFCCP.  At the same time, various states are picking up where the Obama administration left off in terms of compliance and enforcement.  This conference will help clarify the change in enforcement priorities at both the federal and state level as well as the various diversity issues that many employers struggle with.

The conference was announced by Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.  “Compliance and diversity are issues that our members are strongly invested in, and they remain a priority for organizations across Michigan.   ASE is excited to offer this new conference, which covers practical and legal updates regarding diversity, EEO enforcement, and affirmative action compliance at both the state and federal level,” Corrado said.

Victoria Lipnic, Acting Chair, U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, will open the conference with a morning plenary.  Commissioner Lipnic will discuss hot button issues currently before the EEOC including pay equity, changing workforce issues such as ADEA and background checks, harassment, and ADA.  She will also present updates on the EEO-1 report and other activities of the Commission.

John Fox, Partner at Fox, Wang & Morgan, P.C., Los Gatos, CA, and a leading national expert in AA/EEO will end the day reviewing OFCCP’s current approach to compliance and providing pointers on how to be proactive in compliance.

Other highlights of the event include the following sessions:

  • Harassment, A Subtle Attack in the Workplace
  • OFCCP Update
  • Applicant Tracking 2017: How the Times Have Changed (Not)
  • Why is the DOJ Calling Me? And What Should I Do?
  • Pay Equity, The “New” Compliance Issue?
  • State and Local Affirmative Action Requirements
  • Retaliation in the Workplace
  • Conducting a Pay Equity Analysis
  • Developing a D&I Framework
  • Accommodation Galore: ADA, Pregnancy, USERRA, Religion, and More

The AA/EEO & Diversity Conference will take place November 15th and begins at 8:00 a.m.  Federal Mogul Corporation and DirectEmployers are sponsors for the event.  For a complete conference agenda and registration and pricing information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Michael Veltri, Business Transformation Expert, Set to Deliver American Society of Employers’ (ASE’s) Annual Summit Keynote


The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will host its Annual Summit on Wednesday, November 1st at the Detroit Athletic Club from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Business leader, battle-hardened entrepreneur, nationwide bestselling author, and business transformation keynote speaker, Michael Veltri will deliver the evening’s keynote address.  Veltri’s mission is to teach successful professionals how to make better decisions and reach peak performance with balance — not burnout.

Michael has uncovered an ancient philosophy of peak performance called The Mushin (Moo-sheen) Way and now teaches it to audiences around the world via his keynote speeches and nationwide bestselling book, The Mushin Way to Peak Performance: The Path to Productivity, Balance, and Success.  “His speech is sure to inspire, and ASE is delighted to have him,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.

Another highlight of the evening will be the presentation of ASE’s Michigan Human Resource Executive of the Year awards, which recognize commendable work by executives in the field of Human Resources Management and distinguishes those who represent the best in their profession.

ASE will honor the following as the 2017 HR Executives of the Year:

Kris Munroe, HR Director, Roush Enterprises, Inc. – Organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees
Julia Kellogg, PHR, SHRM-CP, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, North American Bancard – Organizations with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees
Greg Ghilardi, Chief Human Resources Officer, MidMichigan Health – Health and Human Services organizations with 500 or more Michigan employees
Melissa Peña Gallis, Chief Talent Officer, Leader Dogs for the Blind – Health and Human Services organizations with fewer than 500 Michigan employees

ASE’s 2017 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization
The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces its Annual Summit and the Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2017

By: American Society of Employers

Honorees will be celebrated on Nov. 1 at ASE’s Annual Summit

  

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, ASE, 248.223.8040, hnezich@aseonline.org

Livonia, Mich. —October 5, 2017 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, is pleased to announce the honorees for its annual Michigan HR Executive of the Year for 2017.  Through a nomination process overseen by ASE, candidates are selected in four categories and recognized for their admirable work that distinguishes them in the field of Human Resource Management.  The category winners are:

  • Kris Munroe, HR Director, Roush Enterprises, Inc. – Organizations with over 1,000 Michigan employees
  • Julia M. Kellogg, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, North American Bancard Organizations with fewer than 1,000 Michigan employees
  • Greg Ghilardi, Chief Human Resources Officer, MidMichigan Health – Health and Human Services organizations with 500 or more Michigan employees
  • Melissa Peña Gallis, Chief Talent Officer, Leader Dogs for the Blind – Health and Human Services organizations with fewer than 500 Michigan employees

“This year’s nominees have proven such dedication and passion for the field of human resources,” stated ASE President & CEO Mary E. Corrado. “ASE congratulates each of them on their impressive accomplishments and looks forward to honoring them on November 1st.”

The Michigan HR Executives of the Year for 2017 will receive their awards at ASE’s 14th Annual Summit, which celebrates not only the honorees but the pivotal role of the HR profession in Michigan’s business and non-profit communities. This year ASE’s 115th anniversary will also be celebrated.  The ASE Annual Summit will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club.

ASE’s 2017 Annual Summit is open to both ASE members and non-members. Tickets are $99 per person, $539 for groups of six, and $639 for groups of eight. The evening includes networking, cocktails, small plates, and dessert. To purchase tickets or for registration information, please call 248-223-8006 or visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers (ASE) – a Centennial Organization

The American Society of Employers (ASE) is a not-for-profit trade association providing people-management information and services to Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for HR information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

Walsh College’s Conversation with Leaders Program Announces Speaker Christina Vanderelzen, GM Director of Global Talent

By: Walsh College

Christina Vanderelzen, the director of global talent at General Motors, kicks off Walsh College’s Conversation with Leaders: Career Growth and Development program on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Troy campus.

This complimentary session is open to the public and offers a unique opportunity to hear directly from Vanderelzen about her career journey — from material flow and labor to moving her family to Italy, to human resources director for global design, and now managing GM’s global hiring plan — and the value of lateral and vertical movement within a company.

“We are honored to host Christina Vanderelzen at Walsh,” said Jenny Tatsak, Ph.D., chair of the Business Communications Department and director of the Success Center. “Her career path, as well as her most recent experiences in global talent acquisition, will provide invaluable insight and a real-world perspective on the many critical issues facing businesses and professionals.”

The event is hosted by the College’s Success Center, which provides designated space and resources for executive coaching and prepares Walsh students with communication and technical skills necessary for leadership roles and professional growth.

“This presentation is perfect for Walsh College students, alumni, and all business professionals who want to network and learn how a career can take various turns along the way,” Dr. Tatsak added. “Conversation with Leaders is one of many examples of our focus to provide students with contemporary, real-life business knowledge.”

To register, visit http://info.walshcollege.edu/leader/. Space is limited so register early.

November 8th Conference: “Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce”

By: Michigan Wellness Council

Contact: Rita Patel- Director, Michigan Wellness Council rita.patel@michiganwellnesscouncil.org 917-913-8394

November 8th Conference: “Employee Wellbeing and the Bottom Line: Strategy & Tactics to Create a Thriving Workforce

This program is pending for 5 recertification credit hours toward PHR®, SPHR® and GPHR® recertification through the HR Certification Institute through our partnership with the Best and Brightest programs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Schedule:
8:00 am to 4:00 pm

8:00am to 8:30am Registration and Breakfast & Networking

8:30amto 8:45am Mindfulness Moment and Welcome

8:45am to 9:45am Life On Purpose: New Directions in Health and Well-Being: Victor Strecher PhD MPH, Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (University of Michigan School of Public Health), Founder and CEO, JOOL Health, Inc.

10:00am to 11:00am Employer Sponsored Health Centers: The role of Primary Care in bridging the gap from well-being to chronic condition management: Tim McDonald, Senior Vice President & Thought Leader, Health Transformation Team (Aon Hewitt)

11:15am to 12:15pm Linking Wellness to Bottom Line Business Value: Jessica Grossmeier, Vice President of Research (HERO)

12:15pm to 1:30pm Lunch and Exhibitor Showcase

1:25pm to 1:30pm Mindfulness Moment

1:30pm to 2:30pm The Evolution of Herman Miller’s Wellness Program: Heather Brazee, Benefits and Wellness Manager, Total Rewards (Herman Miller)

2:45pm to 3:45pm Creating Health Supportive Work Environments: Jessica Rose Cooper, WELL Faculty, LEED AP, NCIDQ, Chief Commercial Officer (International WELL Building Institute, PBC)

Please view Michigan Wellness Council website for each presentation description and objectives.

Location: MSU Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098

Registration:
$200 advance registration (members); $250 (non-members) – become a member
$245 registration on the day of the event (members); $275 (non-members)

Register now by following this link.

Hotel Options:

The Somerset Inn (call 248-643-7800 and let them know you are with Michigan Wellness Council to get a discounted rate of $124 plus tax) 2601 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084 (distance to conference venue 4.3 miles)

Michigan Wellness Council (MWC) is a nonprofit whose vision is the health and wellbeing of Michigan employers will be the best in the nation and mission is to inspire implementation of leading workplace wellness strategies through thought-leadership and education.

Contact: Rita Patel rita.patel@michiganwellnesscouncil.org

Detroit Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and Labor@Wayne cordially invites you to: “Meet the Agencies”

 

Detroit Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and Labor@Wayne cordially invites you to its next meeting.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

5:30-8:00 p.m.
Food and refreshments will be provided (no cash bar).

Meeting Topic

“Meet the Agencies”

EEOC – Lolita Davis, Outreach Manager

MDCR – Lori Vinson, Director of Civil Rights Operations (or a designee)

MERC – Ruthanne Okun

NLRB – Terry Morgan

Location:  Wayne State University, Student Center, Room #285, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit, MI  48202

Parking:  Available in Structure #2, Credit/Debit Card Only, $7.75 per car.  See map below.

Cost:  $15 per person, $5 student rate.  Payment can be made at the event.

Please email your RSVP confirmation to lera@cousenslaw.com or call 248-355-2150.

Any questions, please contact Dr. Marick Masters at 313-577-5358 or marickm@wayne.edu