Don’t Get Left in the Smoke: Marijuana in the Michigan Workplace, Pt. II.

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By: Sterling Insurance Group


SIG.AMERISURE 01.09.2019

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the last two months, you’ve already heard: Marijuana is legal in the state of Michigan as of December 6th, 2018. To be clear, recreational marijuana has been legalized for personal use. As a business owner or HR professional, you’re likely wondering:

What does this mean for my team?


Sterling Insurance Group and Amerisure Insurance cordially invite you their joint event:
Dont Get Left in the Smoke: Marijuana in the Michigan Workplace, Pt. II
Be sure to RSVP for this important, timely event before space runs out!
Head to today to reserve your spot.


Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
8:30 – 10 AM
Automation Alley: 2675 Bellingham Dr, Troy, MI 48083
Questions? Contact Joan Giffels: 586.685.0137  |

Free tools + Join the new membership: MWC + WELCOA


By: Michigan Wellness Council



two is better than one!

MWC members can now receive access to WELCOA tools and resources!

Michigan Wellness Council is excited to offer an opportunity to our members where you have access to leading national resources and tools through WELCOA and continue to receive discounted access to our regional events. We hope that the combined membership will allow you to enhance your work in the workplace wellbeing field and engage with practitioners on both a national and regional level.

Our mission at MWC is to continue to look for ways to inspire implementation of leading workplace wellness strategies through thought-leadership and education. Our partnering with WELCOA is another way to fulfill our goals and have an impact in our communities. And by Joining both WELCOA + Michigan Wellness Council you will save… A combined WELCOA + MWC memberships is $400. Already a WELCOA member? Add MWC membership for $75. Already a MWC member? Add the WELCOA membership for $325. We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity!

New to WELCOA? They offer more than 40 training and certification courses included in the cost of membership, and hundreds of resources aimed at improving your worksite wellness outcomes. As a way to get to know the WELCOA’s resources, we are excited to be able to make available to share a tool to use as a guide to consider compliance issues. (WELCOA members have monthly access to a legal webinar to hear the latest news on compliance, and to ask questions of a legal expert.)

Become a member today to further develop and celebrate your organization as a healthy place to work. Start today by taking advantage of another resource – WELCOA’s Checklist by clicking here .The Checklist is a 150-item organization-facing assessment which measures the extent to which an organization is following WELCOA’s 7 Benchmarks. Upon completion,  customized reporting is provided with recommendations and links to the corresponding WELCOA resource.


Save the date: Check out our 2019 Calendar

Scholarship: Students apply for the Fred Zimmer Memorial Worksite Wellness Scholarship by Feb 1st

WellBites Podcast: “Top 50 Podcasts Every HR Professional Should Be Listening To”!

Enjoy your day!
Contact: Rita Patel, Executive Director

Michigan Wellness Council Premier Sponsors

American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases Preliminary Results to its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey


By: American Society of Employers

American Society of Employers (ASE) Releases Preliminary Results to its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey – Employers are Confident in Responding to New Marijuana Law

Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040,

Livonia, Mich. —November 26, 2018 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released a new survey around the legalization of Marijuana in Michigan – its Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey.  The survey results were released by ASE President & CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

 “ASE has reacted swiftly to this new law with this survey as well as several briefings for our members,” stated Corrado.  “We don’t expect employers to make any sweeping changes to their drug policies and our preliminary results confirm that.”

Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by a vote of 56% to 44%. What does that mean for Michigan employers? The preliminary data from ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey provides insight into employers’ first thoughts on where their policies and practices currently stand and what changes, if any, they are considering.

183 organizations from across Michigan have participated in ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey.  66% of these organizations are located in the metro Detroit region. 90% of the organizations that responded have 1-500 employees, and nearly 66% of the respondents are classified as manufacturers.

68% of employers have confidence that their organizations’ policies will be able to successfully address their employees’ marijuana usage.  Additional insights include:

  • 15% of employers will likely change their policies, while 51% of employers will not.
  • Of those contemplating change, 42% will remove marijuana testing from their policies altogether, and 31% will ignore any positive marijuana results.
  • Similar to the stance taken with drug testing policies, half of surveyed employers will not consider making changes to their workplace drug or substance abuse polices/practices. 36% remain unsure, and only 14% will consider making a change.

Although the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act has triggered much interest amongst businesses in Michigan, employers feel confident that their current policies and practices are equipped to handle this new law. “ASE recommends that employers treat marijuana similar to how they treat the use of alcohol amongst employees.  Any substance abuse policies should refer to working while under the influence of marijuana, since it will now be a legal substance similar to alcohol,” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.  “We don’t advise employers to alter their current polices at this time.”

Some additional points to consider:

  • Workers’ Compensation – Employers will have to consider the impact that their drug testing policies may have on Workers’ Compensation premiums. The removal of marijuana testing could lead to hesitation from the carrier to provide the best rates. This will most certainly lead to higher premiums.
  • Medical Review Officer – When conducting a drug test, results should be certified by a Medical Review Officer who will analyze and validate the results.
  • Safety Sensitive Positions – If an employee is hired into a safety sensitive position, it would be beneficial to continue drug testing, including marijuana.


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 for over 115 years. 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


DBusiness names Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Top Lawyers

Plunkett Cooney


By: Plunkett Cooney


DATE: November 20, 2018

CONTACT: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008


DBusiness names Plunkett Cooney attorneys among Top Lawyers


Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 20, 2018 —DBusiness magazine recently named 20 metro Detroit attorneys from Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, to its 2019 list of “Top Lawyers.”

The DBusiness Top Lawyers list was compiled based on a peer-review survey open to all metro Detroit lawyers. Each year thousands of votes are cast to honor attorneys for excellence in 48 practice areas. There is no commercial relationship to the listings, and no payment is required to be listed and listings cannot be purchased. The list was published in the October/November edition.

Below is a list of the Plunkett Cooney attorney who received the Top Lawyer honor from DBusiness:

Jennifer Andreou (Partner, Detroit) – Medical Malpractice Law
Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr. (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Malpractice Law
Karen Beach (Associate, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Douglas C. Bernstein   (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law, Banking & Financial Service Law
Charles W. Browning    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
Dennis G. Cowan           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Land Use & Zoning, Municipal Law
Jeffrey C.  Gerish           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
James R. Geroux           (Of Counsel, Detroit) – Workers Compensation Law
Jeffrey S. Hengeveld    (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Legal Malpractice Law
Marc Jerabek                 (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Robert G. Kamenec      (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Mark S. Kopson             (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Health Care Law
David A. Lerner           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Law
Mary Massaron              (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Appellate Law
Saulius K. Mikalonis      (Senior Attorney, Bloomfield Hills) – Environmental Law
Kenneth C. Newa           (Partner, Bloomfield Hills) – Insurance Law
Stanley A. Prokop          (Of Counsel, Detroit) – Insurance Law
Mary Catherine Rentz    (Partner, Detroit) – Insurance Law
Jeffrey M. Schroder       (Senior Attorney, Bloomfield Hills) – Municipal Law
Matthew J. Stanczyk      (Partner, Detroit) – Product Liability

DBusiness is the region’s only independently-published, general-interest business magazine. It provides timely, local business intelligence and insights to over 150,000 readers, including business owners and decision-makers throughout metro Detroit.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities; Chicago, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms and is listed among the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” in 2018. Plunkett Cooney has also received numerous awards naming the firm as a top place to work within the legal industry.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s 2019 DBusiness “Top Lawyers,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

2018 DBusiness Top Lawyers 2019 press release- Academic and Professional Affiliations

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Merces Consulting /MMA Health & Welfare Benefits in MI survey is now available for purchase.



By: Merces Consulting 


“Merces Consulting /MMA Health & Welfare Benefits in MI survey is now available for purchase.  The report contains information from over 150 manufacturing, banking and federally quality health centers.  If you are interested in purchasing a report, please contact Linda Budd, Merces Survey Administrator at 248.721.9561 or by email at”

Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ In America

Plunkett Cooney


By: Plunkett Cooney



Date: November 16, 2018

Contact: John Cornwell (248) 901-4008


Plunkett Cooney named among ‘Best Law Firms’ In America


Bloomfield Hills, MI — November 16, 2018 — For the 9th consecutive year, Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, has been ranked as one of the “Best Law Firms” in the nation by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® for 2019.

 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 14,600 firms in 75 national practice areas. Using a tiered rather than a ranked system, Plunkett Cooney was recognized in the following first- and second-tier metropolitan categories:

  • Metro Detroit
    • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law – Management
  • Litigation – Construction
  • Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
  • 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. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year winner.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s recognition as a 2019 “Best Law Firm,” contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008;

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Followup: Nov 6-7 Training + Conference


By: Michigan Wellness Council 



Nov 6-7 Training + Conference
Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture


“This week’s conference was so great, my colleague and I feel bursting with inspiration and new ideas to get rolling. Thank you so much for all your work putting this all together! So valuable!”

On November 6-7, 2018 Michigan Wellness Council hosted a two-day conference. The first day was the workshop training Workplace Wellness that Works (Sponsored by Marsh And McLennan) by Laura Putnam  and the second day were the conference presentations focused on Exploring Pathways to Positive Workplace Culture.

November 6th Pre-Conference Training —Below are links to summaries of the Laura Putnam’s 10 steps of Workplace Wellness that Works and also check out our interview with her on our WellBites podcast:

November 7th Conference Presentations —Below are the links to each set of slides that are available from the conference presenters:

CLOSING KEYNOTE A New Way of Thinking: Wellbeing as the Foundation of Employee Experience by Mindi Cox, Senior Vice President, People & Great Work at O.C. Tanner

Save the date: Check out our 2019 Calendar

Membership: Two Is Better Than One! Join Both WELCOA + Michigan Wellness Council And Save

Scholarship: Students apply for the Fred Zimmer Memorial Worksite Wellness Scholarship by Feb 1st

Enjoy your day & Happy Thanksgiving!
Contact: Rita Patel, Executive Director













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Your Dose of Vitamin Z


By: Detroit Zoological Society 


Make an Impact Today!


Be a champion for wildlife and make a year-end donation to the Detroit Zoological Society. Your gifts help us provide excellent care for the animals who live at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.

Photo Credit: Patti Truesdell

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Zoo Hours: Open 362 Days a Year
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.)
October through December 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Make Wild Lights a Holiday Tradition!

Beginning November 17

Wild Lights is bigger and brighter this holiday season! Experience the magic during 24 select nights. More than five million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and 265 sculptures – more than 220 of which are animals. Buy online and save.

Visit Your Affiliates Store and Purchase Your Wild Lights Tickets Today!

Wild Lights Flyers

Administrators, to assist you in getting the word out about this special offer, access your personalized flyer. Once you log in, click “overlay flyer” located to the left of your screen under “marketing materials” and select the 2018 Wild Lights flyer. If you have forgotten your login ID or password, please contact Jenise Collins at (248) 336-5841 for assistance.

Give the Gift of Vitamin Z

This Holiday Season

When shopping malls become a zoo this holiday season, consider making the Detroit Zoo your shopping destination. A Detroit Zoological Society membership provides a year’s supply of Vitamin Z with free daytime admission to the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center, free parking during public hours and many other benefits. Prices range from $63 to $200. Residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties receive $10 off all categories and can purchase up to four gift memberships at the discounted rate. Proceeds support the care and welfare of animals at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center and further our mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife. Purchase or renew your membership at your Affiliate Store Today.

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Zmail is the monthly newsletter of the Detroit Zoological Society. © 2018 Detroit Zoological Society. The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. 

Plunkett Cooney Named Law Firm of the Year Press Release 2018

Plunkett Cooney


By: Plunkett Cooney


DATE:  November 2, 2018
CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008


Plunkett Cooney named business publication’s ‘Law Firm of the Year’


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – November 2, 2018 – Plunkett Cooney – one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms – has been selected “Law Firm of the Year” by Crain’s Detroit Business (Crain’s).

Following an extensive review conducted by a board comprised of Metro Detroit legal and business professionals working in conjunction with the special projects editor for Crain’s, Plunkett Cooney was selected the first ever winner of the Law Firm of the Year honor.

“I can’t tell you how proud all of the men and women of Plunkett Cooney are about receiving this honor,” said Plunkett Cooney’s President & CEO Tom Vincent. “It’s a validation of the hard work, expertise and results our attorneys and staff achieve from the boardroom to the courtroom to the community. We’ve always known that ours is a great law firm, but it’s nice to be acknowledged by such a prestigious publication like Crain’s.”

The firm’s selection as Law Firm of the Year was based on trial verdicts, impactful litigation, appellate decisions and noteworthy business deals in 2017 and 2018. The honor was announced in the Oct. 29 edition of the business news publication.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney employs nearly 300 employees, including approximately 150 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, as well as in Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and

Indianapolis, Indiana. The firm, which provides a range of transactional and litigation services, has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. For eight consecutive years, U.S. News and Best Lawyers have also named Plunkett Cooney among its top commercial law firms in the United States.

Additionally, Plunkett Cooney was honored earlier this year by the National Law Journal as being among the top law firms nationally for female attorney diversity. The firm has also previously received state wide honors for being among the top places to work.

For more information about Plunkett Cooney’s “Law Firm of the Year” honor, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008 or


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