Cross joins Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group

DATE:  March 24, 2020 

CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – March 24, 2020 – Matthew W. Cross recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms, as a member of its Torts & Litigation Practice Group.

Cross, who is an attorney in the firm’s Petoskey, Michigan office, will handle insurance defense litigation. These matters include premises liability, municipal liability, employment disputes and personal injury claims.

In addition to his litigation defense practice, Cross has experience representing individuals and businesses on an array of matters, including contract disputes, real property litigation, and business formation.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan since 2013, Cross belongs to the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and serves as regional chairperson of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. He received his law degree from Wayne State University Law School in 2013 and his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Ferris State University in 2008.

Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group features the collective talents of attorneys who focus on the defense of all manner of civil litigation, including construction disputes, motor vehicle negligence, liquor liability, retail liability, toxic torts and premises liability, including slip and falls, trip and falls and open and obvious dangers.

Established in 1988, Plunkett Cooney’s Petoskey office is home to eight attorneys and their support staff, who provide litigation, business and personal legal services. These areas of practice include estate planning, banking, real estate transactions, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, motor vehicle negligence and No-Fault Law, labor and employment law, and workers’ compensation.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Matthew Cross joining Plunkett Cooney’s Torts & Litigation Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Zapczynski joins Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group

DATE: March 13, 2020
CONTACT: John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

Bloomfield Hills, MI — March 13, 2020 — Attorney Jesse A. Zapczynski recently joined the Transportation Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Zapczynski focuses his practice on the defense of first- and third-party auto liability, bodily injury, and uninsured and under insured motorist cases on behalf of national insurance companies and their policyholders. Additionally, he has significant experience with ERISA plans and other healthcare coverage potentially affecting these matters, as well as extensive experience investigating and resolving fraudulent motor vehicle liability claims.

Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan, Zapczynski is a member of the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and the State Bar of Michigan. He is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and a 2007 graduate of Michigan State University.

Plunkett Cooney’s Transportation Law Practice Group includes the talents of more than 30 attorneys who provide an array of litigation and risk management services, including expertise in the areas of trucking liability, first- and third-party auto liability, cross-border claims with Canada, fraud investigation services and emergency accident  response.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by MartindaleHubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Jesse Zapczynski joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Plunkett Cooney Elects Board of Directors Members, Officers

DATE:  March 9, 2020
CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – March 9, 2020 – At the recent annual meeting of Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – three shareholders were elected by their colleagues to serve three-year terms as members of the board of directors. David R. Stechow was elected for the first time while Audrey J. Forbush and Scott K. Lites were re-elected.

In addition, the firm is pleased to announce that shareholders Michael S. Bogren, Michael P. Ashcraft Jr. and Forbush were re-elected by the members of the board of directors to one-year terms as chairman, secretary/treasurer and senior vice president, respectively.

Stechow, who serves as Co-leader of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group, has successfully litigated both jury trials and arbitrations on behalf of builders, contractors, management companies, manufacturers and suppliers. A member of the firm’s Detroit office, he received his law degree in 1996 from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and his undergraduate degree in 1992 from Michigan State University. A member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Steering Committee of ALFA International’s Construction Group, Stechow was selected in 2010 as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyer society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

The managing partner of Plunkett Cooney’s Flint office and Co-leader of the firm’s Governmental Law Practice Group, Forbush focuses her practice in the areas of municipal and medical liability. She has particular expertise representing municipalities in police liability matters. Forbush is a member of the public corporation section of the Michigan and Genesee County bar associations, and she serves as legal advisor to the Law Enforcement Action Forum, an organization consisting of select law enforcement executives throughout Michigan. Forbush received her law degree, magna cum laude, from Western

Michigan University Cooley Law School in 1988 and her undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University in 1984.

Lites, who is a member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, is one of the firm’s most accomplished business attorneys with over 30 years of experience representing clients in their acquisition, financing, investment, development and disposition activities. He routinely negotiates and closes multi-million dollar financial transactions, real estate development projects and franchise agreements. He also has the distinction of having served as special counsel to a Michigan-based public employee pension system and as an appointed member of the state of Michigan’s Receivership Transition Advisory Board for the City of Allen Park. Lites received his law degree in 1985 from the University of Detroit School of Law and his undergraduate degree in 1982 from the University of Michigan.

A member of the firm’s Grand Rapids office, Bogren has been a member of the firm’s board of directors since 2003, serving as chair since 2012. He is a member of Plunkett Cooney’s Governmental Law Practice Group, and he has extensive experience representing municipalities in both state and federal courts in police liability claims, First Amendment law, due process claims, Open Meetings Act claims, FOIA claims, zoning matters, civil rights cases and employment litigation. A 1982 cum laude graduate of University of Detroit School of Law, Bogren is a member of the Public Corporations Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1979.

Ashcraft, who serves as a Co-leader of Plunkett Cooney’s Professional Liability Practice Group, concentrates his practice on the defense of attorneys, accountants, and their firms on professional liability and responsibility matters. A partner in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, he also represents insurance brokers and agents, securities brokers, real estate brokers and agents, investment advisors, officers and directors, and notaries public in professional liability cases in state and federal courts. Ashcraft graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 1992, and he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1987. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Oakland County Bar Association’s Negligence Section, the State Bar of Michigan’s Professional Ethics Committee and the American Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Liability.

Plunkett Cooney Board Affiliations

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 140 attorneys in seven 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s newly-elected board members and officers, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or via email at jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

HRPro’s Educational Series Presents: “Understanding the Employee Experience”

 

Human Resources.  When HR first started, it really was just payroll and benefits.  In the last 30 years, it has evolved into creating an experience that attracts candidates, grows your team and creates an engaging environment throughout an employee’s career, all while keeping you compliant with the ever-changing federal, state and local laws.

From recruitment to retirement, what does the employee life cycle look like? What processes can you put in place to ensure that your employees are getting the most out of their journey within your organization?

In this 60-minute workshop, we will take a closer look at the subtopics of Attraction, Recruitment, Onboarding, Talent Management, Rewards & Recognition, Retention and Transition.  When these are connected, you drive positive employee engagement.

Engaged employees are more productive employees which will lead to better profit margins and growth for your organization.  This puts your organization on the fast path to success.

When:  Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Where:  HRPro Washington Conference Room, 1025 N, Campbell Road, Royal Oak , MI

What:  Continental breakfast, seminar and materials

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hrprobenepros-educational-series-understanding-the-employee-experience-tickets-95247761619

For more Information: https://hrpro.com/event/webinar-understanding-the-employee-experience/

Former House Speaker Tom Leonard to launch Plunkett Cooney’s government relations group

DATE: March 2, 2020
CONTACT: John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – March 2, 2020 – Former Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives Tom Leonard has joined Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and most accomplished law firms – as a partner and leader of the firm’s new Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group.

“I’m extremely pleased to welcome the former Speaker to our firm,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO Thomas P. Vincent. “Tom’s knowledge of the state’s political system and business community will be invaluable in helping our clients navigate legislative and regulatory issues and to create more effective business strategies.”

Plunkett Cooney’s new Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group will focus on policy development, strategic collaboration, building relationships and coalitions, legislative monitoring, and bill tracking. Leonard will lead a team of Plunkett Cooney attorneys in the East Lansing office who share his passion for public affairs, solving problems and tackling cutting edge issues. To better assist these efforts, the firm will be re-locating its East Lansing office to Lansing in the near future.

“Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest’s top law firms, and its reputation is second-to-none,” said Leonard. “This is a tremendous opportunity to lead a dedicated team and build out a topnotch government relations and regulatory practice focused on meaningful policy reforms and long-lasting solutions.

“As a legislator, business owner and now attorney at Plunkett Cooney, my focus has always remained the same – helping propel the State of Michigan toward becoming a Top 10 location for businesses and families. This is the right role at the right time to continue that work and continue to make a significant impact on our State’s future.”

Leonard served three terms in the House of Representatives. In his third and final term, his colleagues unanimously selected him to serve as Michigan’s 75th House Speaker. Prior to running for public office, Leonard served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan and as a prosecutor in Genesee County where he was assigned to the Special Crimes Division. Leonard graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2007 and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 2004.

As a legislator, Leonard earned a reputation as a straight shooter who often worked across the aisle to solve complex problems. Reforming Michigan’s teacher pension fund, creating a bipartisan task force to tackle Michigan’s broken mental health system, updating “Kevin’s Law,” ending driver’s responsibility fees, modernizing the State’s health insurance code, and re-writing the State’s preliminary exam law are just some of his signature achievements during his tenure.

In 2019, Leonard founded “MiStrategies, LLC, a public policy development and strategic collaboration firm that partnered with companies, associations, and industry advocates committed to making Michigan a “top-10 state.” The MiStrategies portfolio focused on public policy initiatives like insurance, criminal justice reform, mental health, transportation, infrastructure, tax policy, public safety, and education – all key building blocks for Michigan’s long-term success.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about former Michigan Speaker of the House of Representatives Tom Leonard joining Plunkett Cooney as leader of the Government Relations, Public Policy and Regulatory Practice Group, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development
John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Murray joins Plunkett Cooney’s Insurance Coverage Group

DATE: February 27, 2020
CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – February 27, 2020 – Attorney Tanya M. Murray recently joined the Insurance Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest full-service law firms.

A member of Plunkett Cooney’s Bloomfield Hills office, Murray represents and counsels leading property and casualty insurance companies throughout the Midwest. She provides coverage opinions and drafts corresponding coverage position letters regarding claims under commercial general liability,  homeowners, umbrella and professional liability insurance policies. She also litigates coverage disputes that involve claims of bodily injury, personal and advertising injury, construction defects and environmental contamination.

Murray is an associate member of the Oakland County Bar Association’s Inns of Court, and she is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Member of the Year award by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan, Oakland Region. Murray is a 2017 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.  While there, she received several academic accolades, including book awards and the Frank Sengstock Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, and she served as Associate Editor of Mercy’s Law Review. Murray received her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2012.

Plunkett Cooney is recognized as one of the nation’s leading law firms for insurance coverage litigation. Several members of the firm’s Insurance Law Practice Group have been awarded the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. In addition to their litigation expertise, Plunkett Cooney attorneys work with their clients to develop new insurance products and to address emergent  theories of legal liability.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Tanya Murray joining the firm, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

 

 

Myers Joins Plunkett Cooney’s Business Law Department

DATE: February 21, 2020

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI – February 21, 2020 – Senior attorney Patricia Myers recently joined the Business Transactions & Planning and Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights practice groups of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

A Certified Public Accountant and attorney for over 35 years, Myers focuses her practice in the areas of real estate law, business transactions and banking law. She also has extensive experience handling tax law and regulatory matters.

In the area of real estate law, Myers has handled matters involving mixed use development, construction law, leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, tenant leasing, Sec. 1031 transactions, entitlements, tax structuring, procurement and financing. She has also worked on commercial office, retail and multi-tenant real estate contract negotiations and due diligence, as well as related multi-million dollar financing transactions with institutional capital sources.

In the areas of business transactions and banking law, Myers has handled numerous assignments pertaining to loan covenants, debt instruments, letters of credit, corporate tax returns, financial statements, income and cash flow analyses and corporate debt transactions, among others. She also spearheaded regulatory operations that included the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Fair Lending Act; the Community Reinvestment Act and Consumer Affairs.

Myers is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the State Bar of Michigan. She graduated from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1992 and received her undergraduate degree from Madonna University in 1985.

The members of the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group have represented banks, savings and loan associations, mortgage companies, credit unions, finance companies and servicers for over 25 years. Members of the group provide an array of services that include acquisition of new banking powers, litigation defense, representation in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights matters, loan originations and compliance with state and federal regulations.

Plunkett Cooney’s Business Transactions & Planning Practice Group represents business organizations in all areas of business, including securities law, corporate law, labor and employment law, commercial law, tax matters, succession planning, and regulatory law. Members of the group counsel clients on deal structures, tax implications and business organization, acquisitions and financing. They also assist companies with industry or business-specific regulatory and licensing issues, as well as business disputes.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in seven 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. The firm was also selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year.

For more information about Patricia Myers joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Forbes Ranks Ultimate Software #6 on America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 List

Contact:  Darlene Marcroft, Vice President of PR and Communications at Ultimate Software
phone: 954-331-7444; email: darlene_marcroft@ultimatesoftware.com

Date: January 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Ultimate Software, a leading global provider of human capital management (HCM) and employee experience solutions in the cloud, announced today that the company has been named to Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 list.  Ultimate ranked #6 of 500 companies representing a variety of industries–from technology, healthcare, and retail to hospitality, construction, and finances–with thousands of employees working across the United States.

“Diversity has been a strength of Ultimate’s ‘People First’ culture throughout our company history,” said Annmarie Neal, chief human resources officer at Ultimate.  “We take great pride in our employees, and the unique perspectives and experiences they bring to work each day.  Our diversity drives Ultimate to deliver innovative HCM solutions and service to help our customers achieve business success.  We’re honored to be recognized by Forbes as a diversity leader setting a positive example for the technology industry.”

Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, Ultimate has been committed to providing a workplace that respects, values, and cares for every person as an individual.  In 2019, Ultimate launched its companywide “U Belong” program, dedicated to ensuring all employees are comfortable bringing their whole, authentic selves to work.  The program builds upon the foundations and principles of Ultimate’s longstanding diversity and inclusion practices, working with leaders and employees across the company to develop a comprehensive, supportive program.

Ultimate has long included diversity and inclusion training as part of its LeadUS development program for current and future leaders. Course curricula includes workshops on creating environments of safety and trust, recognizing and avoiding unconscious biases in the workplace, and embracing creative differences for better collaboration and innovation.

To further promote a workplace culture of inclusivity, equality, and acceptance of all people, Ultimate also encourages employee participation in companywide Communities of Interest—PRIDEUS for LGBTQ+ individuals; Women in Leadership and Women in Technology for women at all levels of the organization; UltiVETS for veterans and active service members; and UltiHOPE, providing a support network for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Because Ultimate’s Communities of Interest are intended to be inclusive, “allies” are welcome to join any community they choose to support and advocate.

Ultimate also offers an extensive benefits package to support its people as professionals and outside the workplace, highlighted by 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for employees and their families (including same-sex married couples), with coverage for IVF treatments and gender reassignment surgery; a 45% dollar-for-dollar match on all employee 401(k) contributions, with no cap, up to federal limits; company equity upon hiring, with opportunities to earn additional equity for performance; unlimited PTO to help employees relax, recharge, and pursue personal interests; and 3 paid service days annually for volunteering at charities of their choosing.

To compile the America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2020 list, Forbes partnered with market-research firm Statista to survey approximately 60,000 employees working for companies that employ at least 1,000 people across the United States. Survey respondents were asked a variety of questions about their employers, based on the topics of age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQ+, and general diversity.

About Ultimate Software
Ultimate is a leading global provider of cloud-based human capital management and employee experience solutions, with more than 51 million people records in the cloud. Our award-winning UltiPro provides HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management, as well as HR service delivery solutions. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs more than 5,600 professionals. In 2019, Ultimate ranked #1 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Technology and Best Workplaces for Millennials lists, as well as #2 on Fortune’s Best Workplaces for Women and People magazine’s 50 Companies That Care lists. American Business Awards also recognized Ultimate as its #1 Customer Service Department of the Year in the category of Computer Software–More than 2,500 Employees, while TrustRadius ranked UltiPro #1 in HR Management in its Buyers Guide to HR Management Software. Ultimate has more than 6,600 customers worldwide, including Bloomin’ Brands, Feeding America, First Horizon National Corporation, Phoenix Suns, Red Roof, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services can be found at www.ultimatesoftware.com.

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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ASE releases 2020 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey

 

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

(77%) of Michigan employers say their company has hired, or plans to hire, a recent college graduate in 2020.

Livonia, Mich. —January 28, 2020 — ASE, Michigan’s largest employer association, released the 2020 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey today. The annual survey provides a comprehensive look at the current state of wages and benefits provided to co-op students and recent college graduates.  The survey also presents employers a snapshot of the recruitment and retention trends associated with these new entrants to the workforce.

Mary E. Corrado, ASE President and CEO, stated, “The number of employers hiring or planning to hire new college grads has reached its highest level since 2016.  However, while this job outlook looks promising for new college graduates, some challenges may exist.  Our data is suggesting that employers may be slowing the pace of their hiring or that we have reached a plateau.  New grads will need to work harder to distinguish themselves and compete for what might be few opportunities.  Our data suggests that prior work experience and internships play a significant role in employer decision making.  Students should consider internships as a steppingstone to their career.”

121 companies responded to the 2020 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey.  The majority (76%) of the respondents have under 500 employees.  Just over 80% of respondents are located in the metro Detroit region with 58.7% of those classified as automotive suppliers.

2020 Starting Salaries for Co-op Students and Recent College Graduates Survey Highlights:

  • Nearly four out of five (77%) respondents say their company has hired, or plans to hire, a recent college graduate in 2020, three percentage points higher than what was reported in 2019.
    • However, the data suggests that the pace or amount of hiring may be slowing.  Just 19% of companies plan on increasing their hiring efforts, an 11% decrease from last year.
    • When asked why their hiring of college graduates has changed there was a 14% increase in those citing financial concerns.
  • Statistically, the top five in-state institutions the responding companies actively recruit from are: 1) University of Michigan; 2) Michigan State University; 3) Oakland University; 4) Lawrence Technological University; 5) Wayne State University.
  • Based on reported data, the top three most popular technical Bachelor-degree disciplines hired in the past year were: 1) Mechanical Engineering; 2) Electrical Engineering; 3) Computer Science
  • Based on reported data, the top three most popular non-technical Bachelor-degree disciplines hired in the past year were: 1) Supply Chain Management; 2) Business Administration; 3) Finance tied with HR/Labor Relations
  • The top three knowledge/skill factors organizations consider when making hiring decisions, in order, are: related coursework (i.e., to the work required in the job); computer skills; and internship/work experience.
  • The top three perceived shortcomings of recent college graduates are: 1) career expectations (62%); 2) compensation expectations (54%); 3) adaptation to work environment (52%).
  • Of the seven disciplines named above (Business Administration, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Finance, HR/Labor Relations, Mechanical Engineering, Supply Chain Management) the highest average starting salary was $71,581 for Computer Science.  Going down in the average starting salaries is Electrical Engineering ($70,236), Mechanical Engineering ($67,600), Business Administration ($65,597), Supply Chain Management ($63,589), HR/Labor Relations ($59,975), and Finance ($59,142).
  • Pay rates for high school and college co-ops and interns were separated by technical and non-technical roles; the average hourly rate for a college senior in a technical field is $18.38 an hour and $16.75 for a non-technical field; the average hourly rate for a college junior in a technical field is $17.11 an hour and $15.75 for a non-technical field.

This survey is available free of charge to ASE members and for $525 to non-members.  Contact Kevin Marrs at kmarrs@aseonline.org for more information.

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

ASE is Michigan’s largest employer association and the premier resource for HR excellence.  ASE is a non-profit, mission-based, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization’s HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, engagement, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

ASE’s Annual HR Conference will take place March 12 in Novi, MI. Conference geared towards creating a workplace of tomorrow

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

January 23, 2020

Livonia, Mich. — ASE, Michigan’s largest employer association and the premier resource for HR excellence, will hold its 17th Annual HR Conference on March 12 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. The event attracts more than 400 attendees and is the region’s most anticipated one-day Human Resources conference.

“This year’s conference is all about creating a workplace of tomorrow,” stated ASE President & CEO, Mary E. Corrado. “With technology evolving and virtual work becoming the norm, employers must prepare themselves for the workplace of tomorrow.  This conference reaches all levels of HR from compliance to strategic planning to talent development and management.”

Keynote speakers at this year’s conference feature two workplace culture experts, Kris Boesch and Tracy Butz.

Kris Boesch, CEO and Founder of Choose People, will present “Social Super Glue: How to Create Camaraderie in Your Workplace.” She’ll share the “social super glue” that’s critical to creating an extraordinary workplace culture and she’ll share how to leverage this “glue” to address common culture challenges such as gossip, entitlement and apathy. This results in culture where perseverance through tough times, inspiration to go the extra mile and retention of top talent is the norm, not the exception.

Tracy Butz, Workplace Culture Expert, Best-Selling Author, and Keynote Speaker, will present “HOLY COW!® How to Create an Amazing Workplace that Steers Passion, Performance & Prosperity.” She will share how to inspire change in dysfunctional, under-performing silos to become motivated, accountable, and committed teams. Attendees will learn how to start influencing a transformation of workplace culture and prosper in the marketplace.

 Conference breakout sessions include:

  • 2020 Vision – Employment Law Updates, Trends and Pitfalls
  • How to Embrace and Leverage Virtual Work
  • Leveraging Compensation Strategy and Design to be a Strategic Partner and Drive Results
  • Unwrap Your Map! Using Journey Mapping to Increase New Employee Engagement
  • Mobilizing Civility: Creating a Culture of Respect in the #MeToo Era
  • High Value Succession Planning: 3 Impactful Things You Can Do
  • Courageously Lead and Influence Change
  • Why Training Doesn’t Stick
  • FMLA: How to Manage the Use and Abuse
  • Drama Free Workplace – Avoiding the Self- Defeating Habits of Otherwise Brilliant People®
  • Generating a Culture of Supportive Accountability
  • Ready, Set, Go…Strategies to Activate Your Employer Value Position

New this year is an HR Experts Panel featuring case studies in leadership, engagement, and succession planning.

Early bird registration ends February 14, 2020.  For a complete conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

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

ASE is Michigan’s largest employer association and the premier resource for HR excellence.  ASE is a non-profit, mission-based, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization’s HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, engagement, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.