Labor & Employment law


Friday, October 6, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM EDT
Add to Calendar 


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park 
1000 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Driving Directions 


Shayna McCloskey 
Clark Hill PLC 
(616) 608-1133 

Labor & Employment Law Conference


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM The Year in Review: Wait -- What Just Happened?!

Just when employers were getting adjusted to new executive orders, regulations, rulings and guidance, a new administration took the helm with very different enforcement priorities and strategies. At the same time, state and local governments continue aggressively to enact new requirements for employers. All of this is occurring against the backdrop of rapidly changing social norms and expectations in the workplace. This session will provide an overview of significant labor, employment, and employee benefits law developments over the last 12 months and provide some tips on what employers can expect to stay (and go) in 2017.  


Common Employer Traps Under the ADA and FMLA

Employers continue to struggle with intermittent requests under the Family Medical Leave Act and requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. In this interactive session, we will discuss employees’ workplace accommodation and Family Medical Leave Act leave requests, focusing on aspects of the interactive process and technicalities of the Family Medical Leave Act.

Top 5 Trends for the New School Year

This breakout presentation is focused on a potpourri of hot trends to be aware of for the new school year including: Union Representation and Abandonment (Too MUCH vs. too LITTLE union involvement), Freedom of Expression (He has WHAT on his locker/on Facebook?), Crowdfunding (Can Good Intentions Lead to Bad Outcomes?), Fair Labor Standards Act (OFF the clock, may mean ON the job!) and OCR and Title IX (Where are we going?).

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Managing Employee Mental Health Issues In The Workplace

Statistics show that mental health conditions, particularly depression and anxiety, are on the rise. At work, this may translate into an increase in conflict, performance-related issues and absenteeism for employees affected by these illnesses. In this session, we’ll walk through real world scenarios and discuss legal and practical strategies for employers.  

HRCI Credit 

This program has been approved for 3.0 (general) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at