Things to Watch As Legislative Action Winds Down

With the traditional pre-election recess days away, here are a few items to keep an eye on before state legislators leave Lansing and hit the campaign trail until after the November election.

Budget expected to fund workforce development while holding Schools, Governments Harmless
It has been reported the Whitmer administration and Legislature have reached agreement on the fundamentals of a state budget in advance of the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, and notably, it is believed to hold schools and local government harmless from the cuts many expected.

Two workforce development programs, Michigan Reconnect and the Going PRO in Michigan program are expected to receive nearly $60 million next year. Both programs would make strides to close the talent gap through training in classrooms and on the job, last-dollar financial aid, or via apprenticeship programs. Last year, funding through Going PRO alone allowed 849 employers to train 5,909 new hires and 18,900 current employees. Reconnect, modeled after a bipartisan-approved program in Tennessee, increased college enrollment for students 25 or older seeking an associate degree or certificate by nearly 10%. The inclusion of both of these programs is the result of advocacy work of the Chamber and a coalition of similar organizations throughout the state.

Why This Matters
The recession caused by COVID-19 is expected to have a ripple effect on talent and workforce development for years. It also threatens to exacerbate the problems of a municipal funding system bogged down by unfunded liabilities where insolvency for many governments is a legitimate concern.

Avoiding significant cuts to schools and many local governments while maintaining priorities for workforce development in this next budget would be a key step toward filling the thousands of jobs at companies of all sizes, in all industries, including automotive and next-generation mobility. Bridging this talent gap is vital to Michigan’s economic future, given the projected workforce gap of more than 500,000 by 2026. Economic growth is ultimately driven by a skilled, motivated, and supported workforce, and investing in this program will pay major talent dividends.

Further Discussion on PPE Tax Relief Package for Businesses
This Chamber-led legislation would exempt PPE purchases from sales and use taxes, something that already occurs only for industrial processors. It would also provide a refundable income tax credit to employers who can use the credit to bring back and grow jobs going into 2021.

Why This Matters
Businesses that can reopen safely should not be punished for simply doing what is needed to stay open. The legislation helps reduce the costs of PPE that no business could have predicted before the pandemic. This helps businesses stay open by making their already courageous efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 more affordable.

COVID-19 Liability Protections
As the Chamber has previously testified, this legislative package helps protect employers from litigation when they make good-faith efforts to reopen and operate safely amid the pandemic. This package is scheduled to be approved by the House this week.

Why This Matters
The pandemic has pushed many businesses to the brink and forced many to close. Businesses that take reasonable steps to follow public health guidelines should be protected against COVID-19 liabilities and the Legislature has the power to offer them these protections.

House Bill 6233 and Electric Vehicles Sales
It is illegal for automakers to sell new vehicles directly to consumers in Michigan although Tesla reached an agreement earlier this year with the attorney general to allow delivery within this state. This legislation proposes changes that would formalize what only Tesla could do in the state by impacting dealerships and service charges while also effectively limiting competitors in the electric vehicle space.

Why This Matters
While these bills would ultimately impact how electric vehicle startups will compete in Michigan, they pose significant ramifications for existing OEMs and auto dealers alike. Whether or not sales models need to be created or adjusted as electric vehicles disrupt the market is worthy of discussion, but any legislation must also take into account all ramifications and need to be thoroughly vetted by global automotive leaders already based in Detroit.

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan in ‘relatively early phases’ with COVID-19

Detroit Free Press 

By: Craig Mauger, Detroit News 

September 09. 2020

Lansing — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday that the state, which reported its first cases of COVID-19 six months ago, is still in the “relatively early phases” of fighting the virus.

The Democratic governor made the comment during a question-and-answer session for the virtual Mackinac Policy Conference Conversations series, organized by the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Daniel Loepp, president and CEO, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, posed questions for the governor, including asking Whitmer where she thought “we’re at” with COVID-19.

Read full article here. 

Whitmer Launches Free College Tuition Program For Frontline Workers In Michigan

WWJ

September 09, 2020 

A new program now offers essential, frontline workers in Michigan a tuition-free path to community college.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, along with leaders in education, business, labor and workforce development, on Thursday launched the nation’s first program offering tuition-free college to an estimated 625,000 Michiganders who provided essential, frontline services during COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Safe orders between April and June, 2020.

Futures for Frontliners, inspired by the GI Bill which provided college degree to those serving their country in WWII, offers Michigan adults without college degrees or high school diplomas who provided essential services during the pandemic a tuition-free pathway to gaining the skills needed to obtain high-demand, high-wage careers.

View the full article. 

2020 Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon Moves Virtual, Sept 25-27

The largest retail and apparel innovation challenge in the Midwest goes global
Detroit – The 2020 Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon (DF+TH) is scheduled virtually for Sept. 25-27 and is co-hosted by Whim and Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), an initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The hackathon will kick-off with a virtual matchmaking session. Participants include coders, designers, artists, retailers, entrepreneurs, product and data specialists, and creatives. Registration is now open. Register at Eventbrite.

At a glance, the 36-hour Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon brings together creativity and technology to develop solutions to the problems facing the fashion and retail industries. The event also provides networking opportunities with industry experts. When looking deeper, the DF+TH is a part of an ethical fashion revolution ignited by the COVID-19 crisis. This event is an official part of the Detroit Month of Design. 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the festival which takes place September 1-30. Programmed by Design Core, Detroit Month of Design is a citywide celebration of creativity that gathers designers and the greater community to celebrate Detroit’s role as a UNESCO City of Design.

“While industries are still uncovering the full impact of COVID-19, the crisis is providing an opportunity for unique innovation and more sustainable practices in fashion,” said Lori McColl, Founder of DF+TH and Whim. “Not everything will be successful; however, this is a good time to test things out and develop a blueprint for moving forward, one of the guiding principles of the DF+TH.”

The last few months have seen a historic shift in how the world views technology in the fashion industry. Fashion is culture; it’s only right for fashion to seize the moment to review sustainability, ethical sourcing, and its role with regard to diversity. Questions have arisen on protecting fashion’s most vulnerable workers after COVID-19. How do we protect smaller brick and mortar brands from extinction?

“Whim hopes after this crisis, we will see a shift in sustainability to include global citizenship,” said McColl.
“A focus on the way we think of each other and the responsibility we have to care for one another. We hope the DF+TH will bring awareness, and most importantly real solutions to aide brands in the midst of an economic collapse.”

“As the fashion industry continues to develop, it is becoming harder to talk about fashion without also discussing technology,” said Cassidy Tucker of Deviate Fashion, a DF+TH 2020 partner. “Technology has completely disrupted a number of industries that we would consider fashion related. For example, the textile manufacturing industry is more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective than ever. However, it is still incredibly wasteful – a simple pair of jeans can require 1,500 liters of water to produce.”

While the DF+TH looks forward, its history demonstrates the event’s impact. The DF+TH was created in 2018 as a strategic event to attract investment and create jobs for Detroit. With the goal of diversifying trades and manufacturing, the DF+TH has an opportunity to impact technology and innovation to bring creatives together in a new and sustainable way.

Now, the DF+TH is moving beyond just Detroit.

“Of all segments of manufacturing, apparel has been one of the last to automate,” said Brenna Lane of Detroit Denim, a DF+TH 2020 partner. “There are so many opportunities for technology to positively impact every aspect of the apparel industry, from manufacturing to customer experience.”

“The DF+TH is a unique platform that has always brought creative minds together in Detroit and demonstrates how their talents and businesses could grow and thrive here in the state,” said Tanya Markos-Vanno, Development and Operations Manager, MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect. “Now this annual event is moving virtual, providing opportunities for participants across the world to connect, meet mentors, and develop innovative solutions, showcasing how Detroit and Michigan play an important role in the growing apparel, retail, and high-tech fields globally.”

The 2020 DF+TH is building off the innovation and diversity of last year’s successful hackathon. The 2019 hackathon brought together more than 70 participants from 33 Michigan cities as well as out-of-towners from other states and countries to solve real problems facing established brands in the fashion industry.

Those experiencing DF+TH in 2020 can expect to see new partners and problem statements to support the event experience as the fashion industry enters a new “normal” as well as a new grand prize. The winning DF+TH team will be awarded an entrepreneur package worth five thousand dollars in value from ISM, Inc. The package includes three months of coaching and training, access to tools to create plans and slide decks, and world-renowned online training from planning to pitching a business.

Now is the time for innovators to bring new ideas to the table at the Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon, as the industry adopts new methods of innovation to bridge the gap between consumers and fashion.

About Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon
The 36-hour Detroit Fashion + Tech Hackathon brings together creativity and technology to develop solutions to the problems facing the fashion and retail industries. This event supports the overall foundation of innovation in Detroit.
www.detroitfashionhackathon.com

About Whim
In a rapidly changing business world, Whim designs innovation models that grow new revenue channels, drive efficiencies in business, and leverage the latest technology to meet customers’ needs. With more than 50 years of collective experience, Whim knows how to follow the rules and when to break them to drive business strategies and design tailored architecture. Whim speaks your language, provides ongoing support, and ensures the return on investment.
www.whim-detroit.com

About Pure Michigan Business Connect & Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Pure Michigan Business Connect is a free MEDC service that identifies procurement, engineering, and other supply chain opportunities from local, national, and global companies and proactively seeks to connect them to qualified Michigan companies and partners.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, job awareness and community development with the focus on growing Michigan’s economy.
www.michiganbusiness.org

Apply Today: Entrepreneurs Access Network Supports Black, Latinx Companies

EY’s Entrepreneurs Access Network teams with Black and Latinx founders to transcend barriers and scale their businesses. Minority-owned companies contribute greatly to the US economy (4.7 million jobs) and capital market ($700 billion annual revenue). But many Black and Latinx businesses cannot reach their full potential due to barriers that make funding, capital, and connections difficult to attain. As an expansion of our current programs that help entrepreneurs succeed, EY has developed the Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN) to help Black and Latinx companies bridge the disparity gap and achieve new heights.

EAN is a business accelerator program, as well as an always-on learning community. It leverages EY tools, services, events, and professionals to help companies scale and grow by complementing their current leadership activities. EAN utilizes an immersive platform built on three foundational pillars — business community ecovillage for networking, curated growth drivers to scale, and an expansive capital network for funding. EAN will team with a web of like-minded companies and organizations dedicated to making sure Black and Latinx founders achieve sustained success.

There are two program paths to broaden the reach — a curated, class-based learning program and an on-demand, self-instructional educational component. Flexibility on criteria will be based on the scalability of the company. Learn more about eligibility and benefits here.

Apply or nominate a business before Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Andi Owen

President and CEO, Herman Miller, Inc.

Andi Owen is the CEO and member of the Board of Directors for Herman Miller, Inc., a globally recognized design and innovation company. Owen was appointed president and CEO in August 2018 and oversees the company’s aggressive growth strategy to reach untapped market potential around the world.

Prior to this role, Owen had a 25-year career with Gap, Inc., serving as global president of Banana Republic from 2014 to 2017 where she held full P&L responsibility for the $2.8 billion brand, leading 11,000 employees in more than 600 specialty and outlet stores across 27 countries.

Owen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary and completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. She also completed Harvard’s intensive, first-of-its-kind course, Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director.

Owen is a member of the Board of Directors for Taylor Morrison Home Corporation, and serves as a member of the BIFMA Board, The Right Place, Inc., Business Leaders for Michigan, and the Herman Miller Foundation.

Detroit Regional Chamber Releases Bipartisan List of Endorsements for November Election

Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced bipartisan endorsements in several key races at local, state, and federal levels for the November general election. This follows the Chamber PAC’s first round of endorsements for the August primary election.

“We selected candidates who can effectively balance supporting businesses while addressing important policies and social issues that are holding back our region,” said PAC Chair Hank Cooney. “This a strong slate of bipartisan candidates we feel will best serve their communities and position Michigan to create jobs and accelerate economic growth as we deal with the impact of COVID-19.”

Endorsements that were announced today:

U.S. Senate
Gary Peters (D)
“Sen. Peters’ bipartisan and pragmatic approach has earned him accolades as one of the most effective members in the U.S. Senate and is a trait we find refreshing in today’s highly charged political environment,” said Brad Williams, vice president of Government Relations for the Chamber. “Peters is the leading U.S. Senator focused on advancing next-generation mobility, which is critical in accelerating Michigan’s role as the global leader in automotive and advanced manufacturing industries.”

“While challenger John James is a compelling candidate with a bright future in Michigan politics, we think Sen. Peters’ record of effectiveness, growing seniority, and responsiveness to the Chamber have earned him the opportunity to keep working for Michigan in the U.S. Senate,” Williams added.

U.S. House of Representatives
“Over the past decade, Michigan lost some of our biggest names in Congress, but we are quickly re-establishing clout with some great champions for our state,” Williams said. “This prospective Michigan delegation is uniquely positioned to push for bipartisan solutions that will help our state weather this recession and rebuild the economy in an inclusive fashion.”

1st District – Jack Bergman (R)
2nd District – Bill Huizenga (R)
3rd District – Peter Meijer (R)
4th District – John Moolenaar (R)
5th District – Dan Kildee (D)
6th District – Fred Upton (R)
7th District – Tim Walberg (R)
8th District – Elissa Slotkin (D)
9th District – Andy Levin (D)
10th District – Lisa McClain (R)
11th District – Haley Stevens (D)
12th District – Debbie Dingell (D)
14th District – Brenda Lawrence (D)

Oakland County Executive
Dave Coulter (D)

Michigan Supreme Court
Bridget McCormack
Brock Swartzle 

Michigan House of Representatives
 1st District – Tenisha Yancey (D)
2nd District – Joe Tate (D)
4th District – Abraham Aiyash (D)
6th District – Tyrone Carter (D)
9th District – Karen Whitsett (D)
10th District – Mary Cavanagh (D)
11th District – Jewell Jones (D)
12th District – Alex Garza (D)
13th District – Tullio Liberati (D)
17th District – Joe Bellino (R)
18th District – Kevin Hertel (D)
19th District – Laurie Pohutsky (D)
22nd District – Richard Steenland (D)
23rd District – Darrin Camilleri (D)
24th District – Steve Marino (R)
25th District – Nate Shannon (D)
27th District – Regina Weiss (D)
30th District – Diana Farrington (R)
31st District – William Sowerby (D)
32nd District – Pam Hornberger (R)
35th District – Kyra Bolden (D)
36th District – Doug Wozniak (R)
38th District – Kelly Breen (D)
40th District – Mari Manoogian (D)
41st District – Padma Kuppa (D)
43rd District – Andrea Schroeder (R)
45th District – Mark Tisdel (R)
48th District – Sheryl Kennedy (D)
49th District – John Cherry (D)
51st District – Mike Mueller (R)
52nd District – Donna Lasinski (D)
53rd District – Yousef Rabhi (D)
56th District – T.C. Clements (R)
63rd District – Matt Hall (R)
71st District – Angela Witwer (D)
74th District – Mark Huizenga (R)
77th District – Tommy Brann (R)
85th District – Ben Frederick (R)
87th District – Julie Calley (R)
91st District – Greg VanWoerkom (R)
93rd District – Graham Filler (R)
97th District – Jason Wentworth (R)
100th District – Scott VanSingel (R)
101st District – Jack O’Malley (R)

The Chamber PAC Board of Directors regularly meets to identify and support pro-business candidates and policies that support the Chamber’s public policy priorities. After careful consideration, the Board made the endorsements based on responses to a Chamber PAC survey, input from PAC members, and individual interactions. The Chamber PAC Board is comprised of business leaders representing bipartisan views and reflecting diversity in industry, business size, and location. The Chamber PAC historically makes bipartisan endorsements based on alignment with the Chamber’s legislative policy priorities.

Five Dickinson Wright Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2020 Top Lists

TROY, Mich., – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers 2020 Top Lists.

The Michigan Super Lawyers Top Lists are listings of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement as well as the highest point totals during the Michigan Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s Michigan Super Lawyers Top Lists include:

Henry M. Grix – Estate & Probate, is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Elizabeth L. Luckenbach – Estate & Trust Litigation, is ranked among the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Michigan and the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Thomas G. McNeill – Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Edward H. Pappas – Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

Daniel D. Quick – Business Litigation, is ranked among the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan.

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 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, 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 and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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52 Dickinson Wright Attorneys Named 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers, 25 Named Rising Stars

TROY, Mich., – Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that 52 of the firm’s attorneys have been named 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers. Twenty-five Dickinson Wright attorneys have been named 2020 Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Stars”.

Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Rising Stars are the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state – those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing law for 10 years or less. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are named Super Lawyers, while only two and a half percent are named Rising Stars.

Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s Michigan Super Lawyers list include:

Ann Arbor, MI
Michael C. Hammer, Bankruptcy: Business
Mark V. Heusel, International
James A. Samborn, Construction Litigation
Colleen M. Shevnock, Banking

Detroit, MI
Dennis W. Archer, Business Litigation
Allison R. Bach, Bankruptcy: Business
Richard M. Bolton, Mergers & Acquisitions
William T. Burgess, Bankruptcy: Business
James N. Candler, Jr., Real Estate
David R. Deromedi, Labor & Employment
Phillip J. DeRosier, Appellate
K. Scott Hamilton, Business Litigation
Mark R. High, Business/Corporate
Steven G. Howell, Bankruptcy: Business
Timothy H. Howlett, Labor & Employment
W. Anthony Jenkins, Real Estate
Thomas G. McNeill, Business Litigation
Sharon R. Newlon, Environmental
Francis R. Ortiz, Business Litigation
James A. Plemmons, Creditor Debtor Rights
William P. Shield, Jr., Banking
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Bankruptcy: Business
Kathryn S. Wood, Employment Litigation: Defense
L. Pahl Zinn, Business Litigation

Grand Rapids, MI
John G. Cameron, Jr., Real Estate
Geoffrey A. Fields, Business Litigation
Daniel F. Gosch, Bankruptcy: Business
Leslee M. Lewis, Real Estate
Timothy A. Stoepker, Land Use/Zoning

Lansing, MI
Peter H. Ellsworth, Administrative Law
Kester K. So, Government Finance
Jeffery V. Stuckey, Appellate

Troy, MI
Stephen E. Dawson, Real Estate
J. Benjamin Dolan, Business Litigation
Terence M. Donnelly, Government Finance
Deborah L. Grace, Employee Benefits
Henry M. Grix, Estate & Probate
Craig W. Hammond, Government Finance
Robert P. Hurlbert, Criminal Defense: White Collar
Monica J. Labe, Real Estate
Elizabeth L. Luckenbach, Estate & Trust Litigation
Anna M. Maiuri, Environmental
Cynthia A. Moore, Employee Benefits
Gregory W. Moore, Health Care
Mahesh K. Nayak, Business Litigation
Edward H. Pappas, Business Litigation
Richard W. Paul, Business Litigation
Scott A. Petz, Business Litigation
Daniel D. Quick, Business Litigation
Peter H. Webster, Eminent Domain
Mark E. Wilson, Health Care
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Real Estate

Dickinson Wright attorneys recognized on this year’s Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars list include:

Ann Arbor, MI
Robert L. Avers, Business Litigation
Peter J. Domas, Health Care
Gerlinde (Linda) Nattler, Intellectual Property
Christopher Ryan, Business Litigation

Detroit, MI
Farayha Arrine, Civil Litigation: Defense
Aaron V. Burrell, Business Litigation
Patrick B. Green, Business Litigation
Salina M. Hamilton, Business Litigation
Nicole Sappingfield, Mergers & Acquisitions
Adam J. Wallace, Business/Corporate

Grand Rapids, MI
Christina K. McDonald, Business Litigation
Emily A. Rysberg, State/Local/Municipal
Alexandre Zucco, Estate Planning

Lansing, MI
Nolan J. Moody, Business Litigation
Ryan M. Shannon, Business Litigation

Troy, MI
Alison Duffy, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff
Eric W. Gregory, Employee Benefits
Erin Johnson, Real Estate
Michael J. Lusardi, Real Estate
James A. Martone, Business Litigation
Eric McGlothlin, Government Finance
Joseph Owens, Estate Planning
Joseph Pytel, Intellectual Property
Alma Sobo, Business Litigation
Rose Willis, Health Care

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 18 offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and 11 other domestic offices in Austin and El Paso, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, 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 and one of the only firms with ISO/IEC 27701:2019 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management procedures, security controls and privacy 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.

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Rehmann Ranks Among Best and Brightest in Statewide, Wellness Categories

Contact: Holly Shier
248.458.7923
holly.shier@rehmann.com

Rehmann Ranks Among Best and Brightest in Statewide, Wellness Categories

TROY, Mich., Sep. 18, 2020 – Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm, ranked nationally among the 2020 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation and Best and Brightest Companies in Michigan for Wellness by The National Association for Business Resources. The recognition marks the third consecutive year Rehmann has earned the overall ranking and fourth consecutive year the firm achieved the wellness ranking.

“At Rehmann, we are committed to empowering purpose—among our clients and our associates,” said Katie Strehler, chief talent resources officer at Rehmann. “That begins with ensuring our team has access to the resources they need to succeed, comprehensive wellness programs and a supportive network of peers and leadership.”

The winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm that reviewed several key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. Companies were assessed through various categories, including compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.

The summer Best and Brightest National winners included 147 organizations across the country, out of 1,300 nominations.

“Through the first half of 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding Race. It is in these unique times, the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For excel and share their knowledge with others” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.

In wellness, companies were evaluated by an assessment created and administered by
SynBella, the nation’s leading wellness systems firm. Company entries are examined statistically
for quantitative and qualitative data. Each survey was scored on a point system based upon criteria
to benchmark and improve wellness program effectiveness. They include outcomes, analysis,
tracking, participation & incentives, benefits and programs, leadership, employee input, culture and
environment.

Rehmann has nearly 900 associates across locations in Michigan, Ohio and Florida.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services and advisory firm that provides accounting and assurance, comprehensive technology, accounting and human resource solutions, specialized consulting and wealth management services. For more than 75 years, Rehmann has provided forward-thinking solutions and made it a priority to anticipate our clients’ daily and future needs. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Charlotte, Denver, Seattle, Nashville, and Portland. Nominations are now being accepted for all programs. Visit thebestandbrightest.com to nominate your organization.

About the Best and Brightest in Wellness® Program
The Best and Brightest in Wellness®, a program of the National Association for Business Resources, celebrates those companies that are making their businesses flourish, the lives of their employees better and the community a healthier to place to live. The Best and Brightest program provides yearlong education, benchmarking, assessment tools and interaction amongst the best employers. Nominations are now being accepted for 2021 programs. Visit www.thebestandbrightest.com for more information.

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