Butzel Long attorney Rebecca S. Davies featured during NAAAHR State of Michigan Conference August 26 and 27 in Novi

DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Rebecca S. Davies is a featured speaker during the 2019 National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) State of Michigan Conference August 26 and 27 in Novi. Her presentation is titled, “Wage and Hour Update.”

Davies concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.
She has represented both the private and public sectors for nearly 20 years including companies with two to 20,000 employees. In the public sector, she has represented numerous municipalities, libraries, counties and government authorities.

Davies has had repeated success both in and out of the courtroom. In federal court, she has received no cause verdicts in the defense of employment and commercial jury trials. In state court, she has obtained numerous dismissals and favorable settlements in a wide range of employment disputes, including harassment, wrongful termination, employment discrimination and wage claims.

She also has repeatedly obtained dismissals of charges before federal and state administrative agencies. Her greatest successes, however, may be her efforts to prevent litigation. She has regularly counseled employers regarding compliance under federal and state employment laws (including FLSA, FMLA, ADA and Title VII), drafted employment policies, and advised on preventative strategies.

In 2018, Davies was named a 2018 “Best of MichBusiness Awards” recipient. She also facilitates two monthly affinity groups of human resource professionals for MichiBusiness. She also was named a “2017 Honoree for Michigan Women in the Law” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. In addition, she is a frequent author and lecturer, not only for client in-house trainings and publications, but also outside organizations including Walsh College, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Automation Alley and the American Society of Employers.

At the same time, Davies is an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College, where she teaches the SHRM-CP/SCP certification courses as well as general business law courses. Davies is active in national and local legal associations and regularly volunteers in her community.
Davies is a regular contributor to the annual supplement for the American Bar Association’s The Fair Labor Standards published by BNA. She also serves on the Board and was the past Chair of the North American Transportation Employee Relations Association (NATERA). She is a member and previously served as the Chair for the Labor and Employment Section for the Oakland County Bar Association. She serves on the Workforce and Education Committee for Oakland County.

Davies earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan at Dearborn and a juris doctorate, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law in 1995. She completed her master’s degree in 2010 from Wayne State University Law School by obtaining her L.L.M. with a GPA of 3.79 in Labor and Employment Law.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing and Shanghai. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

American Society of Employers (ASE) presents annual Employment Law Conference on August 15th

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

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.

Nemeth Law attorneys discuss timely labor and employment topics in second quarter 2019

Detroit–July 1, 2019–Attorneys with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., made timely presentations during the second quarter of 2019 an labor and employment topics:

• On June 21, Nemeth Law partner Deborah Brouwer spoke on Emerging Trends in Employment Litigation: Hot Issues in a #MeToo World, at the MDTC 2019 Annual Meeting and Conference in Bellaire, Michigan.
• On April 21, Nemeth Law partner Terry Bonnette was a presenter on Theft of Employer Property & Evidence: You Can’t Take It with You – or Can You? at the 44th Annual ICLE Labor and Employment Institute in Plymouth, Michigan.

In addition, on June 19, partner Deborah Brouwer was interviewed by Fox 2 News Detroit on the topic of keeping Michigan teens safe at work and the Michigan laws that guide teenage employment. Additionally, partner Terry Bonnette was interviewed for Detroit Public Television in a series of interviews on civility at work as part of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Civility Project.

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.

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Employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joins Plunkett Cooney

Attorney Stacy L. Kelly recently joined the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms.

A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Kelly primarily focuses her practice in the areas of labor and employment law with particular expertise in litigation involving academic institutions.

Kelly has worked in higher education administration on various-size campuses with university systems and athletics conference offices for over 12 years. She has extensive experience with educational policy and NCAA Division I, II and III rules compliance. Kelly counseled universities and colleges on the investigation and adjudication of student and employee conduct matters, compliance audits and rules education programs.

In addition, Kelly has experience interpreting state policies and federal regulations, such as those related to Title IX, Clery Act, Violence Against Women Act and Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act reporting requirements. She previously served on the NCAA Eligibility Center Advisory Committee and traveled nationally as a facilitator with the NCAA Leadership Development program.

Kelly’s employment law practice also includes handling discrimination, retaliation and civil rights claims on behalf of employers. She works with public- and private-sector clients on contract and handbook reviews and employment-related matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII and Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

Admitted to practice law in North Carolina and Michigan, Kelly is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Washtenaw County Bar Association.

Kelly received her law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2017. She also received her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2004 and her undergraduate degree from Wartburg College in 2002.

The members of Plunkett Cooney’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group provide a full range of employment-related legal services, including human resources counseling, litigation defense representation, alternative dispute resolution, labor law assistance and regulatory compliance review and defense.

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the nation’s oldest and largest law firms with approximately 300 employees, including 145 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. Fortune magazine has also named Plunkett Cooney among the top commercial law firms in the United States.

For more information about employment law attorney Stacy Kelly joining Plunkett Cooney, contact the firm’s Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Nemeth Law founder listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Patricia Nemeth, founder of Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law–Management; Labor Law–Management; and Litigation–Labor and Employment. She has been included on the Best Lawyers’ list since 2010.

Nemeth founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is now the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Nemeth is an arbitrator and a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Her areas of legal expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits.

Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. In April 2016, she received a Distinguished Alumni award from the Wayne State University School of Law at its annual Treasure of Detroit celebration, honoring those who have made significant contributions to the practice of law, as well as the growth and success of the Law School. In addition to being included on the Best Lawyers list, Nemeth is a multiple Michigan Super Lawyers and Leading Lawyers honoree. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.


About Best Lawyers®
Inclusion in Best Lawyers® is based entirely on peer reviews, using a sophisticated and transparent survey process. The methodology is designed to capture as accurately as possible the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical and legal practice area. More information is available at the Best Lawyers website.

About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, 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.

 

Deborah Brouwer named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Deborah Brouwer, a partner in the firm, has been included in the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law class of 2018. Women in the Law recognizes women attorneys who have a commitment to excellence in the law, are inspiring and accomplished leaders in the profession, serve as a mentor to other women and contribute time and effort to volunteerism and pro-bono activities. All honorees will be recognized at a luncheon event on September 20 at the Detroit Marriott -Troy.

Brouwer’s practice at Nemeth Law focuses exclusively in labor and employment law, with particular experience in the defense of lawsuits against employers, including claims of race, age, religion, national origin, gender and disability discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as FLSA, FMLA and non-competition suits. She also provides harassment training and conducts discrimination and harassment investigations for employers. Brouwer has extensive experience in appearing before administrative agencies, including the EEOC, MDCR, MIOSHA, OSHA and the NLRB and also appears frequently before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a sought after speaker on legal issues impacting employers and insurers.

Brouwer is active in professional and civic activities. As Chair of the Board of Directors for Assured Family Services, she recently led the search for a new CEO following the retirement of the agency’s long-term CEO. She is also Board Treasurer of the Hannan Center, which provides services to senior citizens, and was recently elected Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel.

Brouwer set her sights on becoming a lawyer at an early age. For a junior high school assignment, she had to prepare a career notebook and interview someone in her chosen field. She interviewed a male attorney in her hometown of Midland, Michigan, who shared disheartening news—that as a woman, if Brouwer went into law, the only area she in which she had a chance of being successful would be divorce, and even then, only women would hire her. Because it was 1966, Brouwer believed him and abandoned her goal because she didn’t want to limit herself to one legal practice area before even getting started. Ten years later, after college and graduate school, she realized that this attorney had been wrong; with new determination, Brouwer headed to law school.

A seasoned litigator now, Brouwer was struck early on in her law career by how few female litigators she saw in court, especially given the relatively high numbers of women in law school even 35 years ago. She assumed the situation would change over time, and while it has to a degree, trial work remains heavily male dominated. While there were a few meaningful female mentor relationships along her early path, Brouwer had to learn how to navigate the legal environment largely on her own. When she joined Nemeth Law in 2004, Brouwer found new mentors at the woman-owned firm – even though she was then decades into her career – and continues to actively mentor the female (and male!) attorneys and clerks in the firm by bringing them to court with her, working on briefs and motions together, an engaging them in challenging conversations. The mentoring of which she is most proud, though, is that of her 25-year-old son, who interned for Nemeth Law while in college and went on to Georgetown Law School. He is now practicing law in Washington, D.C. and tells his mom he regularly holds her up to his friends and colleagues as an example of a successful litigator who also happens to be a woman – and his mother!

Brouwer hold a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, with distinction, and Master of Arts, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a resident of Huntington Woods.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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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Nemeth Law attorneys discuss timely labor and employment topics in second quarter 2018

Attorneys with Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., made several presentations during the second quarter of 2018. The discussions covered a variety of employment law topics:

• President and founder Patricia Nemeth spoke on Resolving Tough Cases through Mediation at the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association on June 6 in Birmingham, Mich.
• Partner Terry Bonnette and Senior Attorney Nick Huguelet presented Virtual Employment Revisited as part of Nemeth Law’s ongoing Raising the Bar legal education series for employers, held in Troy, Mich. on May 23.
• Senior Attorney Nick Huguelet was a presenter on Solving the Puzzle of Just Cause in Labor Arbitration at an American Arbitration Association regional program held in Novi, Mich. on May 10.

In addition, Nemeth Law’s videos and blog posts continue to cover timely topics in employment law, including updates to the law on unpaid internships, the Supreme Court ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop and tips for managing the challenges of summer attire in the office. Videos can be viewed on the Nemeth Law YouTube channel and employment law blogs can be read here.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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.

 

Sara M. Moore joins Nemeth Law as Senior Attorney

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., is pleased to announce that Sara M. Moore has joined the firm as a senior attorney. Moore’s diverse background as a litigator and general practitioner encompasses the areas of employment, whistle blowing, contract matters, municipal and family law. At Nemeth Law, Moore will focus on labor and employment and commercial/contract issues for employers.

Prior to joining Nemeth Law, Moore was an associate attorney at two Metro Detroit law firms. While a legal clerk in the City of Dearborn’s Corporation Counsel, Moore played a leading role in the litigation of two significant Whistleblower Protection Act cases. Her legal experience also includes negotiated settlements for clients on collection matters, employment contracts and professional malpractice defense.

Moore holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. with distinction in Communication Studies also from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is licensed to practice in the Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Michigan. Moore also served as a Wayne County Court Appointed Special Advocate in 2012-2013.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Established in 1992, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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.

 

Nemeth Law included on U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers 2018 list of “Best Law Firms”

Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., has again been recognized as a tier-one law firm by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in its 2018 list of “Best Law Firms.”

Nemeth Law is ranked Tier 1 in the metropolitan rankings in the category of employment law – management and labor law management. The metropolitan rankings encompass 185 major U.S. markets.

The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by the law firms themselves. Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Lawyers voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

To be eligible for consideration in “Best Law Firms,” a firm must have at least one attorney listed in the current edition of Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top four percent of practicing attorneys in the US. In August, Patricia Nemeth, founder of Nemeth Law, P.C., was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. Nemeth was recognized in the practice areas of Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation- Labor and Employment. It was Nemeth’s sixth year on the Best Lawyers’ list. She founded Nemeth Law as a solo practitioner in 1992. The firm is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

The 2018 “Best Law Firms” rankings are available at http://bestlawfirms.usnews.com/. More information on the 2018 “Best Law Firms” methodology is available here.


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.

Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series continues on Oct. 11 with ‘Managing workplace investigations and their role in minimizing poor behavior’

Raising the Bar, an educational series raising employer awareness of current issues in employment and labor law and offered by Detroit-based management side labor and employment law firm Nemeth Law, P.C., returns on Wednesday, October 11, to address the practice of Conducting Workplace Investigations. In this session, Nemeth Law attorneys will conduct a mock investigation and discuss how it may be used as a tool for diminishing the effects of bad behavior when properly managed.

Employers are seeing an uptick in the number of employee complaints about co-workers doing or saying offensive things, according to Terry Bonnette, a partner at Nemeth Law.

“Employers have many questions about how to look into situations where employees are reacting to each other’s vocal personal beliefs; they want to know what measures they can take without crossing the privacy line,” Bonnette said. “A thorough investigation may help in resolving the issue or be used as a valuable defense to a lawsuit, but it could also lose effectiveness if not conducted using appropriate guidelines.”

At the October 11 Raising the Bar, Nemeth Law attorneys will discuss best practices for employers in today’s charged workplace climate. Topics include:

• Pre-Investigation: What warrants an investigation, who should investigate, and how to manage the alleged victim and alleged wrong-doer in the meantime.
• Mock Investigation: How to interview the victim, the witnesses and the accused.
• Privacy, surveillance, off-duty conduct, social media and workplace searches.
• He said/She said: Making credibility determinations during a workplace investigation.
• Preventing retaliation and compliance with the EEOC’s new anti-retaliation guidelines.
• Concluding the investigation: What to include, what not to include and what to share.

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, October 11, at the Management Education Center, 811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, 48098. Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. with one 15-minute break. The cost of the event is $75 per person and pre-registration is required. To register, e-mail Pamela Perkowski at pperkowski@nemethlawpc.com or call 313.567.5921.


About Nemeth Law, P.C.
Celebrating 25 years in 2017, Nemeth Law specializes in workplace investigations, employment litigation, traditional labor law, management consultation/training for private and public sector employers, and arbitration and mediation. 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.