Nemeth Law attorneys discuss timely labor and employment topics

Attorneys with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., made several presentations during the fourth quarter of 2016. The discussions covered a variety of employment law topics:

  • On Nov. 17, partner Terry Bonnette spoke at the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE) program in Plymouth, Mich. on Anatomy of a Workplace Investigation.
  • On Nov. 16, partner Deborah Brouwer presented the Employer v Employee Side of Social Media Policies at the 29th annual convention and expo of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) in Traverse City, Mich.
  • The October 5 Raising the Bar, an educational series on topical employment issues and presented by Nemeth Law, was held in Troy, Mich. Terry Bonnette and associate attorneys Kathleen Gatti and Kellen Myers addressed the topic of Paying the Price for Employees Behaving Badly.

In addition, Nemeth Law’s videos and podcasts covering timely topics in employment law, including holiday party guidelines for employers, joint employment, overtime regulations and voter leave policies, continues. Videos can be viewed on the Nemeth Law YouTube channel.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.

Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

American Society of Employers (ASE) welcomes 15 new members

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, announces 15 organizations joined ASE as members during the third quarter of 2016. The organizations are:

• Arcadia Benefits Group, Inc., a third party administrator (TPA) located in Kalamazoo and providing administration solutions for employer-sponsored benefit programs.
• Holy Cross Services, a faith-based organization whose mission is to bring hope, promote change, and help children and adults live free, healthy and productive lives; based in Clinton, Mich., with agencies throughout SE Michigan.
• Hanon Systems USA, LLC, a producer of compressors, heating, ventilation and air conditioning components, fluid transport components, powertrain cooling components and electric vehicle and hybrid battery cooling components, based in Van Buren Township.
• GEDIA Michigan LP, a specialist in lightweight vehicle body engineering and chassis components and headquartered in Orion Township.
• The JRT Agency, a creative marketing communications company based in Farmington Hills.
• FEV, Inc. designs and develops advanced gasoline, diesel and hybrid powertrains and vehicle systems; its U.S. headquarters is in Auburn Hills.
• Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, provides high quality youth development programs for children ages 6-18 in ten communities throughout the region.
• Plast-O-Foam, LLC, a leading supplier of custom thermoplastic injection molding for automotive manufacturers and their suppliers and based in Clinton Township.
• Mike Morse Law Firm, Michigan’s largest personal injury law firm; based in Southfield
• Adient LTS, the world’s largest automotive seating supplier and based in Detroit.
• Osco Inc., a provider of quality runnerless molding systems, based in Rochester Hills.
• HoMedics, Inc., a provider of health and wellness brands, including home massage products, based in Commerce Township.
• Detroit Athletic Club, long recognized as one of the finest private clubs in the country and located in Detroit.
• AGM Automotive, a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of the automotive industry’s most advanced interior technologies and based in Troy.
• Armor Express, providing a full line of body armor and accessories and based in Central Lake.

“ASE’s trend of membership growth in a variety of sectors across the state continued in the third quarter,” Mary E. Corrado, CEO of ASE said. “We welcome these new members and look forward to assisting them in growing their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people through ASE’s wide array of HR services.”

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.

Nemeth Law attorneys discuss timely employment issues

Attorneys with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., made several presentations during the third quarter of 2016. The discussions covered a variety of employment law topics:

• On Sept. 21, partner Terry Bonnette spoke at the American Society of Employers’ (ASE) 5th Annual Employment Law Workshop at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich. The topic of his presentation was “He Said, She Said. Who is More Credible?”

• Nemeth Law, PC, hosted a two-day “Intensive HR Labor and Employment Law Training Program” at the VisTaTech Center – Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Mich., on Aug. 29-30. Presenters included founding partner of the firm Patricia Nemeth, partner Terry Bonnette, and attorneys Kellen Myers and Nicholas Huguelet.

• Terry Bonnette, a partner in the firm, presented for the Hylant Group on July 28 in Novi, Mich., and on July 29 in Troy, Mich., about “Dealing with the Problem Employee.”

In addition, Nemeth Law’s video series covering timely topics in employment law, including unions, student assistants and the law, I-9 form violation fees, transgender employees and bathroom access, and health and wellness plans, continues. Videos can be viewed on the Nemeth Law YouTube channel.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.

Nemeth Law specializes in arbitration, mediation, workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation/training for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

 

American Society of Employers (ASE) announces job fair for veterans and individuals with disabilities on Aug. 18 in Southfield

The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will host a Veteran’s Job Fair on Thursday, Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Southfield Pavilion. Joining ASE as co-hosts are the Southfield Veterans Commission, the U.S. Veterans Administration and the Michigan Industry Liaison Group (MILG). The job fair is open to all, but is targeted to military veterans and their families, as well as individuals with disabilities, and is free to both employers and job seekers.

The Job Fair announcement was made by ASE CEO, Mary E. Corrado.

“ASE and our host partners and sponsors recognize the challenges that veterans, their families and individuals with disabilities can face in securing stable employment. We are proud to organize and facilitate this job fair for all to attend,” Corrado said.

Kelly Services will be providing free resume review at the event.

The Southfield Pavilion is located at 2800 Evergreen, Southfield, Mich. 48076. Registration for individuals and employers can be found on the MILG 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 information and support, helping to grow their bottom line by enhancing the effectiveness of their people. Learn more about ASE at www.aseonline.org.

New gun policy by Uber reignites discussion on whether its on-demand workers are independent contractors or employees

Detroit, Mich. – June 29, 2015 – With Uber’s new no-firearms policy prohibiting both drivers and riders from possessing a firearm of any kind in the vehicle, the network transportation service is facing more questions as to how far the company and other app-driven companies in the on-demand economy can go in controlling the behavior of independent contractors without running afoul of the law. Kellen Myers, an attorney with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., says the key issue with Uber, already embroiled in a multi-front battle defending its classification of its drivers as independent contractors rather than employees, is the new gun policy regulates a driver’s otherwise lawful behavior.

“The recent change by Uber was prompted, in part, by an incident in late April where an Uber driver in Chicago shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people,” Myers said. “The Uber driver’s actions were ultimately considered lawful because he had a concealed carry permit and acted in defense of himself and others.”

Prior to this incident, Uber did not have a weapons restriction policy of any kind.

“The new policy by Uber is noteworthy in how it regulates a driver’s otherwise lawful behavior. For example, under Michigan’s concealed handgun law, an Uber driver would be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if properly licensed,” Myers said. “With Uber’s policy change, the driver is now restricted from doing so or risk losing his or her ability to use Uber’s software platform.”

Generally, courts and government agencies look to the amount of control a company exerts over a worker to determine whether that worker is properly classified as an independent contractor or an employee. In essence, the more control exerted by the company the less the worker appears like an independent contractor.

“Improper classification of workers by employers can lead to significant liability and bring unwanted lawsuits or agency investigations,” Myers said. “Uber’s policy change and legal battles have brought more attention to employer use of independent contractors overall and in the on-demand worker economy. Employers need to be particularly aware of their use of these workers and craft an appropriate business strategy taking worker issues into consideration.”

Myers says companies that plan on using on-demand workers as a business strategy need to consider the following:
 The pros and cons of using an independent contractor/on-demand worker versus a full or part-time employee, including wages, benefits, taxes, insurance, the potential of misclassifying the individuals and, from a talent perspective, whether a company can grow and sustain itself and build value using an on-demand worker model.
 Conducting an audit to insure the individual is properly classified as an on-demand worker/independent contractor.
 Making sure the audit conducted looks at applicable classification tests the U.S. Department of Labor uses, as well as the Internal Revenue Service and the State of Michigan.
 Involving a corporate accountant, corporate attorney and employment attorney before adopting a specific employment model to insure all bases are covered.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Nemeth Law specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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ASE’s annual Human Resources conferences on March 5 will address opportunities and issues in the modern workplace

Livonia, Mich. —March 3, 2015 — The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, will hold its 12th annual People, Profit, Progress conference on Thursday, March 5 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. With more than 300 attendees registered, it is one of the region’s largest Human Resources conferences. ASE CEO Mary Corrado notes that HR practitioners are eager to stay on top of trends and best practices that help attract, motivate and retain employees in today’s rapidly evolving workplace.

“This year’s speakers are focused on both traditional HR topics such as employment law compliance, internships and supervision techniques, as well as emerging issues in the workplace including collaborating effectively across cultures, using corporate culture as a catalyst for innovation, and best practices for recruiting veterans and people with disabilities,” Corrado said. “Increasingly, corporate leaders and boards are looking to HR departments to address and resolve some of the most challenging issues ever presented in the modern workplace. HR pros are responding in kind, seeking knowledge and counsel from the country’s top HR advisors and practitioners.”

Keynote speakers are Greg McKeown, CEO of THIS, Inc. and the New York Times bestselling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, and John O’Leary, President of Rising Above and the survivor of a horrific fire resulting in burns over 98% of his body. O’Leary will speak on empowering individuals to take back their lives, ignite their possibilities and change their world. McKeown will speak on challenging core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success.

For a complete conference agenda and registration information, please visit the ASE website.

About the American Society of Employers
The American Society of Employers is a not-for-profit trade association servicing Michigan employers. Since 1902, member organizations have relied on ASE to be their single, cost-effective source for information and support on all matters affecting the employer-employee relationship. For over 100 years, ASE’s principal function has been to provide people-management information and services. The purpose of these services is to help organizations grow their bottom lines by growing the effectiveness of their people. More information about the American Society of Employers is available at www.aseonline.org.

Auburn Hills announces 2013 employee of the year

Auburn Hills, Mich.—Nov. 21, 2013— Auburn Hills announced that Jeramey Peters has been named the city’s employee of the year for 2013. Peters is a public safety officer and has been with the city since 2004. He and other nominees were honored at an employee lunch on Nov. 18.

Auburn Hills has 165 full-time staff. The employee of the year award began in 2012 to recognize outstanding contributions by city employees.

“We have an incredible team at Auburn Hills, but each year there is an employee that is a standout,” said Auburn Hills City Manager, Pete Auger. “We congratulate Jeramey Peters on this recognition and thank him for his efforts to best serve Auburn Hills residents and businesses in his role as a public safety officer.”

Peters is an Oakland County resident and holds an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. In addition to Peters, other Auburn Hills employees nominated by the city and recognized at the luncheon were Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator, Jane Parpart, Human Resources Generalist, Gary Chapman, firefighter currently serving as an interim Fire Lieutenant and Rob Cox, Crew Leader, Sewer, Department of Public Works.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.

IPS Technology Services Signs Agreement to Provide IT Staff Augmentation Service to Company in Finance Industry

Troy – July 24, 2013 –IPS Technology Services has signed an agreement with one of the nation’s fastest growing credit card processing companies to provide staff augmentation service and other IT solutions.

A leader in the industry for twelve years, this client provides credit card payment solutions for thousands of customers in many different industries. They also have software to help landowners collect residential and commercial lease payments. The client contacted IPS Technology Services with a need for a high-quality, knowledgeable workforce. Under this arrangement, IPS will supply primarily LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) consultants to work for this client. The client may choose to hire permanent, contract, or contract-to-hire employees, but their preference is to hire local talent.

Through the IT Staffing agreement, IPS Technology Services is helping the client to keep their promise to consumers to value people over transactions and place the best available talent in the right jobs that match their skillset. “This will offset the load of hiring talent for our client,” says Pradip Sengupta, president and CEO of IPS Technology Services, “This allows them to focus more on their payment processing product solutions and remain competitive by staying up-to-date with evolving changes in the industry.”

About IPS Technology Services

IPS Technology Services provides end-to-end IT services to the Small and Medium Businesses (SMB) marketplace. IPS develops custom applications using state of the art tools such as .Net, C#, VB, SaaS, SOA, Oracle, SQL Server, and/or by using third party software. IPS provides IT services in the following six areas:

  1.  IT Staffing (SharePoint, Oracle, Java, Dot Net, SQL Server, SAP, PM)
  2.  CIO Services and Technology Consulting
  3.  Web based and Mobile Application Development and Integration
  4.  Healthcare IT with EHR and Practice Management implementation
  5.  Engineering IT services
  6.  Website development and Digital Marketing

For more information on IPS Technology Services, please call 248-835-9895 or, click www.ipsts.com.