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

Merces Consulting Group, Inc. has extended the deadline of the 2017 Compensation in Michigan Non-Manufacturing Salary Survey

By: Merces Consulting

“Merces Consulting Group, Inc. has extended the deadline of the 2017 Compensation in Michigan Non-Manufacturing Salary Survey from September 29th to October 20th.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Linda Budd, Survey Administrator at 248.721.9561 or send an email to research@mercesconsulting.com.   All participants will receive a summary copy, as well as a significant purchase discount on the final report.”

American Society of Employers’ (ASE) new 2017/2018 salary budget survey findings: Michigan employers are budgeting modestly for pay raises once again

By: American Society of Employers

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

Livonia, Mich. —September 21, 2017 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, released its 2017/2018 Salary Budget Survey with a number that just isn’t budging: 3%.  This number has remained consistent since 2009.

Additional key findings in the 2017/2018 Salary Budget Survey:

  • The majority of merit dollars granted are going to the employer’s top performers, however we are continuing to see that over three fifths (61%) of organizations are opting to spread their 3% merit budget pools across all of their employees, instead of focusing on their top performers or even their top and average performers. By giving potentially underserved money to low performers, money is taken away from the top performers, putting them at an even greater risk of leaving.
  • Wage freezes continue to remain low. Just 6% of employers surveyed experienced a wage or salary freeze at some point in 2017.  Similarly 6% of employers surveyed anticipate a wage or salary freeze at some point in 2018.
  • Employers continue to rely on variable pay programs to reward performance (84% of employers offer variable pay to at least one employee group). The average expected annual bonus payout, as a percent of salary, in 2018 remains steady at approximately 5% for both Nonexempt Hourly Nonunion and Nonexempt Salaried employees, 10% for Exempt Salaried employees, and 31% for Officers/Executives.

The survey findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“Given improvements in the economy, notably the job growth, we might have expected to see more significant increases to budgeted salary increases,” Corrado said. “However, employers remain conservative in their approach to pay administration and have shifted to other cash and non-cash incentives to reward performance.  This trend is likely to continue based on data collected in ASE’s Quarterly Economic and Employment Survey which also points to some softening in the economic outlook in the near-term.”

Background information on the 2017/2018 Salary Budget Survey:

  • 225 organizations from across Michigan participated.
  • Organizations with 1 to 500 Michigan employees made up 82% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 5,000 Michigan employers represented 14% of the sample. The remaining 4% of the sample comes from organizations with more than 5,000 Michigan employees.
  • A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing 59% of the survey sample. The remaining 41% is represented by trades and services organizations.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2017/2018 Salary Budget Survey, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8051. This survey is available free of charge to ASE members, and for $525 to non-members.

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.

2017 Compensation in MI Non-Manufacturing Salary Survey

 

By: Merces Consulting

To participate in the 2017 MI Non-Manufacturing Salary Survey please contact Linda Budd / Merces Consulting at 248.721.9561.

For over 25 years Merces Consulting Group, Inc. has collaborated with the Michigan Manufacturers Association and a number of other Michigan trade associations to conduct annual salary and benefit surveys. Participants receive a free summary copy as well as purchase discounts on the full report. To date, more than 100 manufacturers and over 80 non-manufacturers have submitted data to be included in this year’s reports. The number of different industry reports prepared by Merces will be based on total participation; all participants will be contacted at a later date to let them know what will be available.  At a minimum there will be a “Non-Manufacturing Edition” available for the same price as the Manufacturing Edition. The “All Industry” edition will continue to include all the data for all the jobs from all survey participants.”

Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Michigan ‘Super Lawyers’

By: Plunkett Cooney

DATE: September 12, 2017

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — September 12, 2017 — Michigan Super Lawyers magazine recently named 24 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2017 list of “Super Lawyers.”

Super Lawyers features a patented selection process involving three steps: (1) creation of a candidate pool; (2) evaluation of candidates by the research department; and (3) peer evaluation by practice area. Those named to the annual list represent only five percent of the state’s licensed practitioners.

For the eleventh consecutive year, Mary Massaron, Plunkett Cooney’s Appellate Law Practice Group Leader, has received special recognition by the magazine – inclusion among the state’s top 100 attorneys and top 50 women lawyers.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney’s partners who have received the 2017 Michigan Super Lawyer designation:

Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s Detroit office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s East Lansing office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office members:

Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office members:

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 145 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

American Society of Employers’ (ASE’s) Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey results for second quarter 2017 shows declining optimism among Michigan employers

By: American Society of Employers

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

Livonia, Mich. —September 12, 2017 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter results.

Highlights of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter:

  • Michigan employers have grown less optimistic about the future business outlook compared to data collected earlier this year:
    • According to this most recent survey, the percentage of employers who anticipate improvements to future business conditions is at its second lowest point since 2009 at 26%.
    • The percentage of employers who report that their future business outlook has worsened compared to the previous six months is at its highest point since 2009 at 17%.
  • Despite the less optimistic business outlook, the six month employment outlook remains largely unchanged from data collected in the previous quarter.  86% of organizations expect hiring levels to stay the same or increase compared to the past six months.  Nearly a quarter of employers anticipated increased hiring compared to the previous six months.
  • Personal reasons and advancement and promotion opportunities continue to be the two highest cited reasons for voluntary separations at 48% and 44% respectively.
  • Exempt turnover was at an all-time high in May at 2.83%.  This typically peaks in the 2nd or 3rd

The survey results were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.  “The data shows that employers may be experiencing some economic headwinds curbing the expectation of future growth.  This is the result of rapidly changing and uncertain political and policy changes.  However, the employment indicators suggest that most Michigan businesses are maintaining, or increasing, hiring levels in order to meet demands,” she stated.

Background information on the ASE 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter

  • 121 organizations from across Michigan participated.
  • Organizations with one to 500 Michigan employees made up more than 85% of the survey sample, while organizations with 501 to 1,000 Michigan employees represented 3.3% of the sample. The remaining 11.6% of the sample comes from organizations with more than 1,000 Michigan employees.
  • A variety of industries are represented, with manufacturing organizations representing just over 62% of the survey sample.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2017 Quarterly Economic & Employment Survey – Second Quarter, contact ASE’s Compensation and Benefits Surveys department at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8051.  This survey is available free of charge to ASE members and is $525 for non-members.

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.

Ulliance Welcomes René Carpenter as Director of Marketing

By: Ulliance

TROY, Mich. – René Carpenter was recently hired as director of marketing for Ulliance, a human resource services provider headquartered in Troy, Michigan. In this role, Carpenter is responsible for the development and execution of Ulliance’s strategic marketing plan, including brand awareness, creative services, digital marketing, communications and social media programming, with a focus on expansion in existing and new markets. Carpenter also sits on the Ulliance leadership team that oversees the company’s corporate strategy.

“René’s creative background and marketing experience will help Ulliance grow our client base. We believe she will be instrumental in guiding our staff to consistently communicate the unique programs and services Ulliance brings to current clients and those we look forward to serving,” said Deanna S. Hatmaker, senior vice president of development and strategic performance.

Prior to joining Ulliance, Carpenter was corporate communications manager at a Michigan-based insurance broker and has held several other marketing positions throughout her career. Carpenter is certified in web and graphic design from the College for Creative Studies, as well as content and digital marketing through the HubSpot Academy. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Outside of work, Carpenter volunteers her time as a member of the marketing team for Camp Casey, a Michigan-based nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and rare blood disorders.

About Ulliance, Inc.

Ulliance, Inc. (Ulliance) is an international service company headquartered in Troy, Michigan. For more than 25 years, Ulliance has been providing human resources services including employee assistance programs (EAP), wellness programs, training programs, organizational and leadership development, coaching, career transition services, and crisis management to more than 260 organizations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe serving nearly one million people. Since 1990, the Ulliance team has assisted organizations of various sizes to greatly reduce behavioral healthcare costs while increasing employee productivity and retention. For more information about Ulliance, please visit www.ulliance.com or call (866) 648-8326.