Murray Elected Chair of Mackinac Island Community Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:  August 20, 2019
CONTACT:  John E. Cornwell (248) 901-4008

 

PETOSKEY, Mich. – August 20, 2019 – James J. Murray, managing partner of the Petoskey office of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, was recently elected chair of the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Board of Trustees.

As a member of the board for the past four years, Murray was serving as the Foundation’s Treasurer at the time of his election. According to Murray, his service to the Mackinac Island Community Foundation is both an honor and a family affair.

“My family’s history on the Island dates back to 1839. I met and married my wife, Trish, on Mackinac Island, and my daughter will be married at St. Anne’s Catholic Church this October, where we were married 32 years ago,” said Murray. “I also have the honor of representing many Island families and businesses. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give something back to this amazing island community and to continue efforts to improve the quality of life of those who live, work and enjoy the Island I love so much.”

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of residents and visitors of Mackinac Island. Murray noted that the foundation recently enjoyed its 25th anniversary. With the support of Island residents, visitors and many others who support its mission, the foundation has raised almost $14 million. The foundation promotes the general well-being of Island residents and visitors by working in community partnerships to generate endowed and unendowed funds and to stimulate community-wide initiatives such as the city’s recent endeavor to build additional housing to support the Island community.

Murray, who joined Plunkett Cooney in 1984, is a member of the firm’s Business and Governmental Law and Banking practice groups. His clients include closely-held businesses, real estate developers, hotels, municipalities and many other local businesses on the Island, including a ferry boat company. A 1985 graduate of the Detroit College of Law, he also has an active estate planning practice representing individuals and institutions in probate and estate litigation and administration and overall assistance with many businesses’ succession planning needs.

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

For more information about James J. Murray and his service on the Mackinac Island Community Foundation Board, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing and Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

Register for the Eastern Michigan University Fall SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP Prep Classes

By: Eastern Michigan University

 

Advance your Career with SHRM Certification

Earn your SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP™) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP™) certifications. Open doors for advancement and signal to employers your advanced professional development. Eastern Michigan University in co-sponsorship with DSHRM is offering SHRM Learning System® for Fall 2019 for $1,200, including your copy of the 2019 SHRM LS modules plus SHRM Certification online resources that include over 1000 practice questions, at the following locations:

  • Ann Arbor: Thursdays, 6–9 p.m., September 26-December 12
  • Livonia: Mondays, 6–9 p.m., September 23-December 9
  • Troy: Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m., September 25-December 11
  • Lansing: Tuesdays, 6-9pm, September 24-December 10

For  more information contact Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SHRM-SCP, GPHR, SPHR, at fwagnerm@emich.edu or 734-487-3240

Business/Strategic HR Recertification Courses

If you’re an HR professional with strategic-planning or policy-making responsibilities and need SHRM or HRCI recertification business/strategic credit hours, EMU is a preferred provider. EMU offers three five-week non-credit online courses during the year and they are pre-approved for the HRCI business/strategic credits or SHRM credits. The Fall course is described below. Business Law will be available in the Spring and Strategic Marketing next summer.

Financial Management for HR Professionals – October 1 – November 12 – Online

Learn to describe the fundamentals underlying the flow of financial information used for the preparation and interpretation of financial statements. Learn how to use financial information to make decisions about how assets are employed within organizations. $550 including materials.

For more information, contact Dr. Fraya Wagner-Marsh, SHRM-SCP, GPHR, SPHR at fwagnerm@emich.edu or Jaclyn Hasselzahl at jhassenz@emich.edu (734-487-9045). Register at http://www.emich.edu/extended/training/professional-development/hr_training/

Van Hyfte joins Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group

Contact: John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008

  

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – August 9, 2019 – Associate attorney Laura A. Van Hyfte recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest, as the newest member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.

Van Hyfte has particular expertise in the areas of real property, contract disputes and resort-area land use and development. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Van Hyfte also has experience handling issues involving downtown development authorities, municipal planning and TIF funding.

Admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in Michigan and before the tribal courts of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Van Hyfte received both her law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan.

Plunkett Cooney’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group represents a broad range of clients in litigation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution concerning matters that arise while conducting business. Practice group members have extensive experience in matters involving contract disputes, business torts, real estate disputes, business ownership conflicts, bankruptcy, antitrust claims, corporate compliance issues, tax and finance issues, commercial collections, commercial landlord tenant, civil RICO, ERISA, intellectual property claims and many other areas.

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

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

                       

     

Bourjaily joins Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts, Estates Group

Contact: John Cornwell, (248) 901-4008

 

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – August 2, 2019 – Attorney Ryan P. Bourjaily is the newest member of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney – one of the oldest and largest law firms in the Midwest.

Bourjaily, who recently joined the firm as an associate in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, focuses his practice on litigating probate, trust and estate matters. He represents a range of clients in claims involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty, undue influence, lack of mental capacity, fiduciary removal and surcharge, as well as will/trust contests. He also advises clients regarding trust and estate administrations, protective proceedings and estate planning.

Selected as a “Rising Star” in estate and trust litigation by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine in 2019, Bourjaily received his law degree from Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in 2014. He is also a member of the Probate & Estate Planning Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Bourjaily received his undergraduate degree from Albion College in 2011.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group focus their practice exclusively in the area of estate planning. They have particular expertise in drafting trusts and wills, managing estates, administering trusts, preserving assets, addressing tax sensitive distribution of assets to beneficiaries, planning for retirement and planning for effective asset protection. They assist with the selection process for guardians, and they utilize sophisticated techniques for tax and succession planning to the benefit of their clients.

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

 

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

Merces Consulting Group and Michigan Manufacturer’s Association Conducting Time Off, Retirement and Fringe Benefit Survey

By: Merces Consulting Group

 

DATE:  July 31, 2019
CONTACT:  Linda Budd, 248-721-9561

 

Participants are sought for Time Off, Retirement and Fringe Benefit Survey that is currently being conducted, and your participation is welcomed.

All participants receive a free summary report, as well as a purchase discount for the full report. The survey covers topics such as vacation/paid time off and retirement programs, tuition assistance, employee wellness and other benefits.

If you would like a copy of the questionnaire or have any questions, please contact Linda Budd, Merces’ Survey Administrator, at 248-721-9561. The survey deadline is Friday, August 9th.

American Society of Employers (ASE) Presents Annual Employment Law Conference on August 15th

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

Conference focuses on the challenges of HR professionals navigating the ever changing legal landscape.

Livonia, Mich. – July 16, 2019 – The  American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will update attendees on the latest employment law trends and regulations at its annual Employment Law Conference to be held Thursday, August 15, at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

“The legal landscape for employers is ever changing,” stated Corrado.  “This conference provides updates and guidance on today’s employment trends and how to be more effective and compliant in day-to-day HR activities.  All sessions are led by leading lawyers in Southeast Michigan.”

The Employment Law Conference will feature a legislative update on Federal and State laws, attorney-led panel for an “Ask the Panel” session, and specialized breakout sessions that give the latest updates on the laws and regulations that impact the day-to-day employer/employee relationship. Sessions will include:

  • Legislative Update: Federal and Michigan
  • Keeping up with Equal Pay and Pay Disparity Laws
  • Biometrics and Employer Liability
  • Immigration Compliance and Enforcement
  • When Employee Rights Collide: LGBT Rights Under the Law
  • The Trump NLRB – The Dos and Don’ts That All Employers Must Know About!
  • Accommodations Galore: ADA, Pregnancy, USERRA, Religion and More
  • Ask the Panel:  Everything You Wanted to Know from Your Legal Counsel and Didn’t Want to Pay For
  • A Survival Guide to Understanding Risk in the Age of AI
  • How to Manage Paid Sick Leaves
  • #MeToo in Today’s Workplace

Law firms presenting include Clark Hill PLC; Ogletree Deakins; Fragomen; Nemeth Law PC; Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC; Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Seyfarth Shaw; Jackson Lewis PC; and Jacqulyn G. Schulte, PLC.

For a complete Employment Law Conference agenda and registration information, please visit https://www.aseonline.org/Conferences-Events/Employment-Law. Early bird registration ends July 20th.


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) Releases 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Findings

Employee Education Stressed as a Means to Control Costs – While the rising of costs has slowed, employers are focusing on employee education to keep healthcare costs down.

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

Livonia, Mich. – July 9, 2019 – American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has released its 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey.  The annual survey, covering Michigan employers, examines the premiums, deductibles, and co-pays of employer-sponsored health plans as well as wellness benefits and cost control strategies.

Highlights of the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey Include:

  • Median premium increases (after plan changes) remained flat compared to data reported in last year’s study.  According to this year’s sample, median premium increases were just 3% for the 2018 and 2019 plan years.  Median increases for 2020 are projected to be 5%.
  • A majority of the participants (38%) reported offering two types of health plans.  The most utilized plan type continues to be the Preferred Provider Organization Plans (PPO) with 86% of companies offering this option.  39% of non-union firms offer an HMO compared to 35% a year ago.  Much of that growth was among small employers (those with fewer than 50 employees).
  • The three-tiered price structure (generic, preferred brand, non-preferred brand) for prescription drug plans remains as the most popular among traditional PPOs with 53% of non-unionized organizations reporting this structure. At 22% four-tiered price structures followed as the second most prevalent among Michigan employers.
  • Median annual employer contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) remained unchanged from the last three years with an employee only contribution totaling $500 and an employee + family contribution totaling $1,000 in non-unionized organizations.

Cost containment strategies were also addressed in the annual survey. Highlights include:

  • The number one strategy that employers plan to implement in 2019 is increasing employee education regarding health plan features and costs (17%). This was followed closely by plans to implement/expand wellness programs, which top the list of strategies that companies are considering but have yet to set a timeline for.
  • Slightly more than a quarter of those surveyed reported considering future employee costs share arrangements where employees will be required to incur a greater portion of the healthcare expense.

The ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“It is encouraging that employee education is increasingly utilized as a means to control costs.  Helping employees be better, more informed consumers, is key as more companies implement high deductible health plans or, in general, require employees to share more of the healthcare expense” stated Mary E. Corrado, ASE President & CEO.

Background information on the ASE 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey:

  • 217 organizations from across Michigan participated.
  • Organizations with 50 to 499 employees nationally made up more than 52% of the survey sample, while organizations with more than 500 employees nationally represented nearly 29% of the sample. The remaining 18% of the sample came from organizations with fewer than 50 employees nationally.
  • A variety of industries have been represented in the survey, with durable goods, manufacturing (41%) leading the pack. Trades and services (33%) were the second-largest industry representation.

To obtain a copy of ASE’s 2019 Healthcare Insurance Benefits Survey, contact ASE’s Survey Team at surveys@aseonline.org or 248.223.8025.  This survey is available at no cost to ASE-member survey participants and is available for $1,350 for non-members.

Invitation to Participate: Boston University Study on Workplace Misconduct

By: Boston University’s Questrom School of Business

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:  July 2, 2019
Contact:  Sanaz Mobasseri, PhD, 312-752-8849; Jessica Simes, PhD, 617-650-4387

Website: https://www.buorgstudy.com
Email: orgstudy@bu.edu

 

Hello,

My name is Sanaz Mobasseri and I am an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. My coauthor, Dr. Jessica Simes in the Sociology Department, and I are studying how companies respond to allegations of workplace misconduct and how they shape decisions about people’s employment.

We are inviting you to participate in this research study because we think we can learn a great deal from your unique perspective and rich work experiences in human resources, diversity inclusion, or employee relations within the U.S. finance and technology industries.

Because there is very little research on how employee allegations of misconduct are documented and shared with current and future employers, the results of this study can offer managers specific guidance about how to address and respond to misconduct in their own workplaces. Study results will be written up and shared with participants.

Your participation would consist of a one-time interview with me or a member of my research team. Interviews typically last thirty minutes, and can be done via webinar, conference call, or in-person. Interviews will be very conversational in style. You will be free to elaborate on any topic you would like to or pass on any questions that you prefer not to answer.

Due to the sensitive nature of these topics, we are committed to maintaining the highest level of confidentiality for your interview. No identifying information about you or your employer will ever be linked to the data from your interview, and we can stop recording or interviewing at any point. All data, files, and research notes will be stored on password-protected encrypted drives that are only accessible to members of the research team. If you are interested in participating, we will provide you with more details about the study procedures, risks, and benefits.

To register to participate, please visit www.buorgstudy.com, where you can also find additional information about the study.

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to discuss further or have any additional questions, you can email us at orgstudy@bu.edu or contact us individually.