Michigan to Democrats: Tariffs hurt, but we aren’t sold on Medicare for all

Bridge Magazine

July 23, 2019

By Eli Rosenberg

The majority of Michigan residents say tariffs are bad for the state economy, climate change is a threat to the Great Lakes and the nation needs better border security.

They also are not sold on the idea of free Medicare for every American, are split on taxpayer-funded college tuition and a high percentage say President Donald Trump is the most important issue facing the nation.

The findings are part of a new statewide poll released Thursday by Detroit Regional Chamber to highlight which top issues to Michigan voters in advance of the 2020 presidential Democratic debates at the Fox Theatre in  Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Michigan is going to be a key state in next year’s election, so we believe it is important the candidates understand how Michigan residents feel on the issues,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“The statewide survey shows that while there is a consensus among Michigan voters on major key issues, there is also some divisiveness across ideologies. We ask our elected officials and those who seek office to keep that front of mind between now and next November.”

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Detroit Regional Chamber Releases Findings from Statewide Policy Poll

Results Highlight Which Issues Matter to Michigan Voters in Advance of the Detroit Democratic Debate and the 2020 Election

DETROIT, MICH. (July 25, 2019) – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber released findings from a new statewide poll that highlights the issues that matter most to Michigan voters in advance of the 2020 presidential election’s focus turning to Michigan with the July 30th and 31st Democratic debates in Detroit.

“Michigan is going to be a key state in next year’s election, so we believe it is important the candidates understand how Michigan residents feel on the issues,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “The statewide survey shows that while there is a consensus among Michigan voters on major key issues, there is also some divisiveness across ideologies. We ask our elected officials and those who seek office to keep that front of mind between now and next November and hope that they focus on the vast majority of voters and not just a segment.”

Highlights include:

  • With a margin of 40.7-51.2%, Michigan voters believe the nation is on the wrong track (8.2% no response).
  • However, Michigan voters do think the nation’s economy is on the right track at a 62%-28.7% margin (9.3% no response).
    •  When asked if over the past three years their households had been improved, been hurt or remained the same, 63% did not see an improvement – with 15.5% of household being hurt and 47.5% no change (1% no response).
    • Fewer than one in five voters report benefits from the federal tax reform legislation passed in 2017.
  • When asked in an open-ended question, “What is the most important issue facing our nation right now?” the top four responses were:
    • Border security/immigration – 18.2%
    • The President – 17.5%
    • Economy and Jobs – 10.7%
    • Health care costs and availability – 8.8%.

The poll findings also reflect a consensus among Michigan voters on most national issues:

Tariffs: A majority of Michigan voters indicated tariffs are hurting automotive companies, farmers, and consumers.

  • By a margin of 40.8%-32.3%, Michigan voters believe tariffs on cars made in foreign countries hurt Michigan’s automotive industry (14.7% no effect, 12.2% no response).
  • By a margin of 47.3%-22.2%, Michigan voters believe tariffs on Chinese imports hurt Michigan farmers (14.2% no effect, 16.3% no response).
  • By a margin of 47%-23.5%, Michigan voters believe tariffs on foreign made products hurt consumers like themselves (21.7% no effect, 7.8% no response).

Immigration: A clear majority of Michigan voters believe immigrants are good for the state
economy, oppose a wall but support non-wall security; they don’t want children separated from
families, and they would like to see a path to citizenship for undocumented adults without
criminal record.

  • By a margin of 56.5%-17.2%, Michigan voters believe immigrants are good for
    Michigan’s economy (17.5% no effect, 8.8% no response).
  • By a margin of 57.3%-39.5%, Michigan voters oppose increased federal funding to build a border wall between Mexico and the U.S. (2.7% neither support/nor oppose, 0.5% no answer).
  • By a margin of 81.7%-14%, Michigan voters strongly support increased federal funding for enhanced security at the border, airports, and ports of entry if it does not include funding for a wall between Mexico and the U.S. (3% neither support/nor oppose, 1.3% no answer).
  • By a margin of 77.3%-15.9%, Michigan voters oppose the separation of children from immigrant parents who have come across the border either illegally or to ask for asylum (4.5% neither support/nor oppose, 2.3% no answer).
    • 69% of Michigan voters strongly oppose the policy to separate children from their parents.
  • When presented with three scenarios on how to address adult immigrants who had come to the United States illegally and then asked which route they would support, Michigan voters responded with the following:
    • 54.5% said that undocumented adults who have not committed any major crimes should be given a pathway to citizenship in the U.S.
    • 26.2% said that any undocumented adults who came to the U.S. illegally should be deported no matter how long they have been in the country.
    • 14.2% said that all undocumented adults should be given a pathway to citizenship.
    • 5.2% did not respond.

Climate Change: By a nearly 2-1 margin, Michigan voters say climate change is a threat to
Michigan and the Great Lakes.

  • By a margin of 60.8%-33.8%, Michigan voters believe that climate change is a threat to Michigan’s economy (5.3% no response).
  • By a margin of 65.2%-30.5%, Michigan voters believe that climate change is a threat to the Great Lakes (4.3% no response).

Education: A strong majority of Michigan voters believe it is important to receive a
postsecondary education or certificate, and a majority supports taxpayer-funded, “free” college

  • 93.7% of Michigan voters believe it is important to attain more than a high school
    education (0.8% no response).
  • 56.8% of Michigan voters support taxpayer-funded, “free” college tuition (1.0% no

Fixing the Soo Locks: An overwhelming majority of Michigan voters support fixing the Soo

  • 78.3% of Michigan voters say that funding and fixing the Sault Ste. Marie Locks is urgent or very important, and 15.3% said it is important, but there are other priorities (4.3% no response).

Health Care: While there is a consensus on the majority of issues, Michigan voters are divided
on health care.

  • By a margin of 51.5%-36.6%, Michigan voters oppose the elimination of private
    insurance in favor of a “Medicare for All” plan (9% neither support/nor oppose, 2.8% no response).
  • By a margin of 44.0%-42.2%, Michigan voters are statistically split on repealing the Affordable Care Act (8.3% neither support/nor oppose, 5.5% no response).
  • 34.3% strongly support its repeal.
  • 34.5% strongly oppose its repeal.

Perception of Equality of Opportunity by Race and Party: Michigan voters were asked if
people of color in our nation were treated fairly by the criminal justice system, were provided
equal quality of health care, equal quality of education, and equal access to mortgages and

Category Treated Fairly Not Treated Fairly
Criminal Justice System 33.8% 56.8%
Access to Quality Health Care 40.3% 39.2%
Access to Quality Education 41.3% 50.7%
Access to Mortgages and Loans 38.8% 41.2%

As the chart below indicates, black voters widely believe people of color are treated unfairly on
every marker. White voters, however, are relatively split in every category.

Category Blacks Fairly Blacks Unfairly Whites Fairly Whites Unfairly
Criminal Justice 3.4% 94.3% 40.1% 49.1%
Health Care 17.2% 73.6% 43.4% 32.8%
Education 10.3% 88.5% 47.6% 43.2%
Mortgages/Loans 10.3% 86.2% 44.3% 32.6%

Since 2017, the Detroit Regional Chamber has led a call to restore civility in public discourse.
Given civility is a signature priority for the Chamber, Michigan voters were asked their opinion
on the nation’s current state.

Civility: When asked if Americans have been more or less civil toward one another over the
past five years, or see no change in civility today, Michigan voters strongly agree there is less
civility, and they widely blame the President.

  • By a margin of 69.2%-11.5%, Michigan voters believe Americans have become less civil towards each other over the past five years (18% no change, 1.3% no response).
  • When the 69.2% were asked who specifically is to blame for the decline in civility in an open-ended question, 40.2% answered President Trump.

Voters’ Source for Political News Matters: On many issues the group of Michigan voters not
part of a consensus opinion showed alignment in the media outlet they identified as their source
for political news. Three issues that highlight this alignment:

1. Climate Change: Is climate change a threat to the Great Lakes?

Party Affiliation Threat Not a Threat
Strong Dem 92.6% 4.2%
Lean Dem 84.8% 4.3%
Independent 65.6% 30.5%
Lean GOP 37.5% 55.4%
Strong GOP 32.1% 64.3%
Primary Source of
Political News
Threat Not a Threat
Local TV News 72.8% 23.7%
Fox News 23.9% 70.1%
CNN/MSNBC 79.2% 15.6%
Network News 79.2% 11.3%
Radio 75.0% 25.0%
Newspaper 61.9% 34.5%
Social Media 67.9% 26.9%

2. Immigration: Do you support or oppose the separation of children from immigrant
parents who have come across our border whether illegally or to ask for asylum?

Party Affiliation Support Oppose
Strong Dem 3.7% 95.7%
Lean Dem 2.2% 93.4%
Independent 12.6% 77.4%
Lean GOP 25.0% 60.7%
Strong GOP 37.9% 52.2%
Primary Source of
Political News
Support Oppose
Local TV News 14.0% 79.8%
Fox News 44.8% 46.2%
CNN/MSNBC 2.6% 92.2%
Network News 5.7% 90.6%
Radio 12.5% 82.1%
Newspaper 13.1% 79.8%
Social Media 20.5% 71.8%

3. Education: Do you support or oppose free, taxpayer-supported tuition for college or
skilled trades education for all students?

Party Affiliation Support Oppose
Strong Dem 73.1% 11.1%
Lean Dem 73.9% 21.7%
Independent 57.6% 35.8%
Lean GOP 30.4% 57.2%
Strong GOP 24.3% 70.0%
Primary Source of
Political News
Support Oppose
Local TV News 57.9% 33.3%
Fox News 23.9% 71.7%
CNN/MSNBC 74.0% 20.8%
Network News 71.7% 24.5%
Radio 51.7% 40.3%
Newspaper 58.3% 38.1%
Social Media 66.7% 25.6%

The survey was commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber and conducted by Glengariff
Group Inc.

“The survey results find that overall Michigan voters are far less divided than many would make
them out to be. Other than health care, there is a general consensus to be found on a number of
pressing issues,” said Richard Czuba, founder of Glengariff Group Inc.

The survey is a live operator telephone survey of likely 2020 Michigan voters conducted from
July 17-20, 2019. The survey has a margin of error of +/-4.0% with a 95% level of confidence.
40% of respondents were contacted by cell phone, and 60% of respondents were contacted by

View the full findings of the Michigan Statewide Policy Survey.

Member of the Month: Detroit Athletic Club’s Annual Detroit Cycling Championship Encourages Community Wellness

Editor’s note: The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Member of the Month designation recognizes a Chamber member working to grow the regional economy through innovative leadership in alignment with the Chamber’s programs or policy agenda.

The Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) was named the Chamber’s Member of the Month for July because of its continued devotion to improving Detroit’s communal well-being by hosting the third annual Detroit Cycling Championship.

The annual Detroit Cycling Championship welcomes cyclists from around the world and offers family-friendly activities. It consists of 12 races, including Category I-V men’s and women’s races, a kids’ race, corporate race, spinning competition and HandleBar Detroit pedal-push competition.

By hosting this event, the DAC Foundation encourages fitness in the community. Community members can join a free cornhole tournament, buy food at the food truck alley, participate in spin and yoga classes, and watch outdoor entertainment in Beacon Park, where the race starts.

This Championship gives back to the community by ensuring that future generations have the opportunity to practice fitness in their daily lives. Since the Detroit Cycling Championship’s inception, the DAC Foundation, thanks to the help of generous member contributions and sponsors, has funded bikes and helmets for more than 300 Detroit children and families in the Fit Kids 360 Detroit program.

The DAC has a long history of involvement with amateur cycling, with some of the original DAC members being champion cyclists at the turn of the century. With support from organizations like the DAC, Southeast Michigan is moving toward becoming a healthier community for all who live here.

Wacker Hosts Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at Silicones R&D Center


Ann Arbor, MI July 18, 2019 – Wacker Chemical Corporation (WCC) today welcomed Governor Gretchen Whitmer to WACKER’s Americas Region Silicones R&D Center located in Ann Arbor, MI, where she met with David Wilhoit, WCC President & CEO. They discussed a range of subjects, such as the State of Michigan’s vision to attract new business, create jobs, repair infrastructure and position Michigan as a high-tech industry and manufacturing hub. Additionally, they reviewed WACKER’s global growth plans, specifically as it relates to Michigan and the Ann Arbor area. The governor’s visit included a guided tour of the Silicones R&D Center and a close-up view of WACKER’s industry-leading 3D printing ACEO® technology. WACKER pioneered this novel technology, offering the first worldwide service for 3D printed silicone elastomer parts.

“Companies like WACKER are doing crucial work to make Michigan a world leader in innovation,” said Gov. Whitmer. “I’m excited to partner with them to ensure our businesses can succeed and attract more to our state by making Michigan a home for opportunity again. That means passing a budget that raises the revenue we need to fix the roads, boosts public education, closes the skills gap, and cleans up our drinking water. That’s how we build strong communities, grow our economy, and ensure every business can thrive here in Michigan.”

“WACKER and I deeply appreciate Governor Whitmer’s commitment and partnership with the business community to build Michigan into a globally and nationally-recognized leader in high-technology innovation,” said President & CEO David Wilhoit. “Developing the talent we already have and attracting additional highly-educated people, ensures our continued competitiveness in a global economy. We fully support the Governor’s efforts to improve our infrastructure and elevate Michigan’s technical expertise so companies like WACKER can compete worldwide,” added Wilhoit.

Wilhoit explained that demand for silicones will continue to grow across all segments, with particular growth coming from the automotive, health care and personal care markets. As WACKER grows and expands in Michigan, the company is actively engaging the regional academic community through student programs such as the University of Michigan’s local chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and the Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS). WACKER also has a very robust annual internship program with 27 student interns working across its Michigan sites for the summer.

WACKER remains committed to Michigan with manufacturing process and operations investments continuing in Adrian, a newly opened Silicones R&D Center in Ann Arbor, and plans are in place to relocate its regional headquarters and technical center from Adrian to a new Innovation Center and Americas Region Headquarters in the Ann Arbor area in the next couple of years.

For further information, please contact:
Wacker Chemical Corporation
Gwendolyn Knapp
Manager, Corporate Communications
Tel: +1 517 264-8581

The Company in Brief:
WACKER is a globally-active chemical company with some 14,500 employees and annual sales of around € 4.98 billion (2018). WACKER has a global network of 24 production sites, 22 technical competence centers and 50 sales offices.

Silicone fluids, emulsions, rubber grades and resins; silanes; pyrogenic silicas; thermoplastic silicone elastomers

Polyvinyl acetates and vinyl acetate copolymers and terpolymers in the form of dispersible polymer powders, dispersions, solid resins and solutions

Biotech products such as cyclodextrins, cysteine and biologics, as well as fine chemicals and PVAc solid resins

Polysilicon for the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries

Mobility Report: Making Michigan the First Fully Networked State: Legislators Propose Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Making Michigan the First Fully Networked State: Legislators Propose Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Late last month, Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus, along with legislators from the House and Senate, announced a bipartisan package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan and establish the first statewide charging network in the nation.

MICHauto supports the four-bill package which will establish a council of experts, allow the state to install and lease space for charging stations at state parks and rides, and provide tax incentives for small businesses and multi-unit housing to install electric vehicle charging stations.

“These bills encourage our state to create a collaborative and coordinated plan, working with private companies, small businesses, utilities and various state departments to build out the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, making Michigan the first fully networked state,” McMorrow said. Read more.

Michigan Expands Its Reach for Automobile Electrification

As auto manufacturers expand the number of plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, energy companies such as DTE Energy and CMS Energy are preparing to meet customers’ needs with rebate programs to encourage charger installation. DTE, covering most of Southeast Michigan, has embarked on a pilot initiative called “Charging Forward” while CMS Energy, handling most of the remaining lower peninsula, offers the PowerMiDrive program, which was announced at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. Learn more.

Detroit Moves to Collaborate with 2020 North American International Auto Show

Detroit Moves, a thought leadership conference on urban mobility solutions, announced that it will move its annual event to June 2020 to coincide with the North American International Auto Show. A partnership between MICHauto, the City of Detroit, and several local organizations, Detroit Moves brings together urban transit planners and mobility innovators to discuss next-generation technologies changing the way people move around the world. Learn more.

Jason Puscas Joins MICHauto to Support Michigan’s Automotive Policy Work

Jason Puscas, former director of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber, has joined MICHauto as the director of Government and Community Affairs. This new position is a multifaceted role supporting the automotive and mobility industry in Southeast Michigan and policy work in Lansing while also representing MICHauto in West and mid-Michigan. Puscas will be the liason in areas of policy and community development for investors. He can be reached at jpuscas@detroitchamber.com or 248.709.4866.


Mobility Report: MICHauto Takes Traverse City for Critical Industry Conversations at 2019 CAR MBS

MICHauto Takes Traverse City for Critical Industry Conversations at 2019 CAR MBS

Earlier this month, MICHauto gathered more than 110 automotive stakeholders, members of Michigan’s Auto Caucus, investors, and entrepreneurs for its annual MICHauto By the Bay reception ahead of the 2019 Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) in Traverse City.

At the event, MICHauto released a full study on the automotive industry’s economic contribution to Michigan. Among its key findings were the industry’s support of 712,000 jobs and the overall contribution of $225 billion to Michigan’s economy.

“The opportunity or challenge is we need more people in our industry. We need people to think of a company—whether it be Ford or BorgWarner or anybody else—as a high-tech global growth industry,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “That’s our focus right now…talent perception and driving more people into the industry.”

CAR MBS offered the MICHauto team the opportunity to connect with industry stakeholders from across the state and served as a productive platform to discuss the industry’s top issues and developments. Timely discussions on the profitability of electric vehicles, implications of tariffs on international trade, and the importance of fostering the next generation of industry talent occurred over the four days.

Listen: Sen. Mallory McMorrow on Moving the Automotive Industry Forward

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) sat down with Driven’s Claire Charlton to discuss her role as a co-chair of the Michigan Automotive Caucus, what she’s learned as the owner of a plug-in electric vehicle, and how she’s working to blanket the state with a robust EV charging infrastructure. Listen here.

Promote Careers in Automotive and Mobility to Students with Discover Auto

As part of its talent attraction efforts, MICHauto has partnered with Project Lead The Way to identify and engage high school students within the Detroit region. Through the coordination of guided tours of automotive and mobility centers, the Discover Auto series will provide investors an opportunity to educate students on the industry, its technology, and promote the automotive and mobility industry as an innovative and viable career path. For companies interested in hosting, please contact Jenny Orletski-Dehne at jorletski@detroitchamber.com.

Welcome New Investor

MICHauto’s work is made possible through the investment of companies and organizations across the state. View a complete list of investors.

Two Dickinson Wright Attorneys in Michigan Listed in Chambers 2019 High Net Worth Guide

TROY, Mich., July 16, 2019 – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that two of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan are listed as “Leaders in their Fields” by Chambers 2019 High Net Worth (HNW) Guide.

London-based Chambers & Partners, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys who are listed in Chambers 2019 HNW Guide:

Private Wealth Law
Henry M. Grix, Troy
James P. Spica, Detroit

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has 19 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 12 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Silicon Valley, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

UHY strengthens presence in the Middle East: New member firm in Egypt joins the UHY network

We welcome two full member firms to the global accountancy network UHY, extending our coverage within the Middle East region: United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services, and in Alexandria, Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa. The firms are in the process of adopting the UHY branding and will soon be known as UHY United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services and UHY Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa respectively.

Our primary office in Cairo, United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services, with a team of 27 staff including four partners, previously partners with Big 4 audit firms, bring together over 30 years of professional and wide-ranging experience in audit, tax, advisory and transaction services to a portfolio of domestic and international clients primarily represented in the banking & financial services, construction, manufacturing, oil & gas and tourism sectors.

Managing partner, Nabil Istanbouli of United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services comments: “Being part of the UHY global network underpins our own values, commitment to deliver quality services and our vision of partnering with our clients to provide agile and practical solutions. We look forward to elevating our business through a successful cooperation with other member firms operating within Egypt and the wider UHY network.”

Based in Alexandria, Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa, established in 2013, brings further wide-ranging experience in audit, accounting, tax, insolvency and corporate recovery, corporate finance and consultancy services to a diverse portfolio of primarily clients represented in the construction, logistical solutions, shipping and transport sectors. The firm’s partners founded a not-for-profit organisation AAIA, an Association of Accountants and Internal Auditors, supporting companies in the Arab world with qualified accountants and internal auditors.

Managing partner, Waled Mounir of Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa comments: “We are committed to provide the necessary competitive resources to help our clients operate more efficiently in a global market place. The global presence of the network combined with the expertise and knowledge of UHY’s 8,100 colleagues around the world will also enhance those of our clients and their operations.”

Rick David, chairman of UHY comments: “Egypt as a country has seen many welcomed reforms recently to stabilize and strengthen its economic position driven by public investments, private consumption, and exports of goods and services. We are delighted to welcome to the UHY network two new member firms in Egypt, equally enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and keen to join their efforts.

The firms will greatly extend our footprint in the Middle Eastern region and strengthen UHY’s regional market expertise, enhance our values and capabilities to serve our international clients who have investments and a business presence in this country and the wider region.”

UHY LLP is a licensed independent CPA firm that performs attest services in an alternative practice structure with UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities. UHY Advisors, Inc. provides tax and business consulting services through wholly owned subsidiary entities that operate under the name of “UHY Advisors.” UHY Advisors, Inc. and its subsidiary entities are not licensed CPA firms. UHY LLP and UHY Advisors, Inc. are US members of Urbach Hacker Young International Limited, a UK company, and form part of the international UHY network of legally independent accounting and consulting firms. “UHY” is the brand name for the UHY international network. Any services described herein are provided by UHY LLP and/or UHY Advisors (as the case may be) and not by UHY or any other member firm of UHY. Neither UHY nor any member of UHY has any liability for services provided by other members.

United For Auditing, Tax, Advisory & Financial Services
Contact: Ahmed Hegazy on +20 2 251 75598 Email: ahmed.hegazy@uhy-united.com W: www.uhy-united.com
Waled Mounir and Muhammad Arafa
Contact: Waled Mounir on +20 3 424 3371,waled.mounir@uhy-eg-alex.com, www.uhy-eg-alex.com

About UHY
Established in 1986 and based in London, UK, UHY is a leading network of independent audit, accounting, tax and consulting firms with offices in over 320 major business centres across 100 countries. Our staff members, over 8,200 strong, are proud to be part of the 16th largest international accounting and consultancy network. Each member of UHY is a legally separate and independent firm. For further information on UHY please go to www.uhy.com.

UHY is a member of the Forum of Firms, an association of international networks of accounting firms. For additional information on the Forum of Firms, visit www.forumoffirms.org

UHY press contact: Dominique Maeremans on +44 20 7767 2621 Email: d.maeremans@uhy.com.

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.

Chamber Members Honored as 2019 Men of Excellence by Michigan Chronicle

Now in its 13th year, the Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Awards recognizes local African American men who inspire others through vision, leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service. Awardees are champions of Michigan’s economic empowerment and diversity, the backbone of several businesses, driving forces in politics and service, and more. In 2019, 50 new honorees will join an exclusive society of more than 600 previously awarded professionals. Read more.

Several members of the Detroit Regional Chamber were recognized:

  • Sabin Blake, Manager, Corporate Giving, General Motors Co.; Class XL, Leadership Detroit
  • Willie Brooks Jr., President and CEO, Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
  • Rodney E. Cole Sr., State Director, Government Affairs, DTE Energy
  • Dante Crockett, Chief Engineer, Features, Ford Motor Company
  • DeWitt S. Dykes Jr., Associate Professor of History, Oakland University
  • Alburn H. Elvin Jr., Manager, Board Relations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Tony R. Hawk, Deputy Executive Director, K-12 Mathematics, Detroit Public Schools Community District
  • Philip Henry, Assistant Vice President and Community Development Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
  • Kevin D. Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
  • Lamont R. Jones, Vice Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Health System
  • Kenneth Kelly, Chairman and CEO, First Independence Bank, Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • David Lewis, President, AT&T Michigan; Board Member, Detroit Regional Chamber
  • Myron Lloyd, Legal Counsel, Information Technology, General Motors Co.
  • James C. Mays, Professor, Wayne County Community College
  • Richard Perkins, Institutional Trust Specialist, Fifth Third Bank
  • David Turner, Vice President, University Human Resources, Eastern Michigan University
  • Michael G. Workings, Medical Director for Sports Teams, Department of Family Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Henry Ford Health System