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Firm hosts Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law Forum

Employers face new challenges and opportunities during a turbulent year. The coronavirus has been a game changer for many employers who have pivoted to an expanded remote workforce. Further, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace is a call to action for employers to revisit policies and procedures.

Butzel Long is hosting its 33rd Annual Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Forum in a (virtual) format this year and will focus on key legal matters from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, October 29.

The virtual seminar will have a slightly different format this year. Butzel Long is asking participants to register for each session individually to give more flexibility in scheduling and to better distribute the continuing education credits.
Attendees will be eligible for 1-3 HRCI and SHRM CE Credits, pending approval.

“Labor, employment, benefits and immigration issues are constantly evolving,” said Daniel B. Tukel, chair of Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “We have developed six workshops to address the most pressing workplace issues impacting southeast Michigan employers.”

Participants should register for the “Welcome and Introduction” session and then register for one webinar in each Workshop Session.

Workshop session topics include:

• Back to Work or Planning the Return to Work – What Now?

• WHOOPS! Benefits Mistakes to Avoid During COVID

• Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

• COVID-19 and Immigration: Dealing with Unprecedented Issues in Uncertain Times

• Do You Know Where Your Secret Sauce Is? (The thing that differentiates businesses in the marketplace and creates value for the organization)

• Money Talks: New Developments in Wage and Hour and Pay Issues in Remote Work

The registration fee is $49 per person. Presentation recordings will be made available to those who have registered for the event, at a later date. For additional information or to register online, visit www.butzel.com/event. For inquiries, contact Nairi Chopjian at chopjian@butzel.com.


Law firms report recent scams in Michigan

Recent scams reported to State Bar of Michigan include situations where scammers targeted law firms by posing either as potential clients or party to litigation with a firm client. In one case, the phony client claimed he was sexually harassed at work and then wrongfully terminated. The scammer indicated that he had signed a severance agreement and needs help enforcing it against his former employer, with all payments to be made to the attorney.

In another case, a scammer offered to make a payment to the firm’s client and sought bank/wire information from the firm. Always be suspicious of unexpected attempts to get your financial information.

Michigan State Police recommend that attorneys who have been targeted in a scam contact the Michigan Cyber Command Center at MC3@michigan.gov.

Those who believe they have been targeted in a scam that other Michigan attorneys should know about should email hello@michbar.org after alerting authorities.


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