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A Better Partnership


Oct 2012
October 02, 2012
Employment Outlook & Strategy Seminar

The Townsend

Senior executives from Metro Detroit are invited to join Warner’s HR attorneys for an afternoon of problem solving, networking and discussion. In this complimentary program, we’ll review and discuss the best and most cost-effective ways to provide benefits to your workforce and attract new talent, all while adhering to ever-changing regulations and, most importantly, protecting your company’s reputation and bottom line.

11:30 - Noon Registration  
Noon - 12:45 Networking Lunch  
12:45 - 1:15 This Just In: The Latest in Labor & Employment Law
An active and labor-friendly administration in Washington and an increasingly creative and aggressive plaintiff’s bar means that it’s more important than ever to stay on top of labor and employment laws. We’ll cover the FLSA, ADA and FMLA in an effort to keep you from becoming the defendant in the next headline-grabbing court case.
Rob Dubault
1:15 - 2:05 The Intersection of Employment and Social Media
Have you been tempted to fire an employee who posted disparaging remarks about your company on Facebook? Ever asked workers to resolve conflicts by talking to supervisors instead of complaining online? Think you can tell employees not to use your logo?  Well, you might just be mistaken. The NLRB is making life more than a bit difficult for non-union employers. We’ll share anecdotes and best practices, look at your rights to monitor employees' social media use and discuss the latest on social media as a recruiting tool.
Steve Palazzolo
2:05 - 2:55 6 Steps to Better Governance of Benefit Plans
With litigation against ERISA fiduciaries continuing to escalate and a new disclosure regimen kicking in, the focus on benefit plan fiduciaries has never been greater. Benefit plan sponsors are turning their attention to their ERISA fiduciary process, both to protect the participants and to protect themselves. We will discuss six steps you should take to improve your fiduciary process.
Mary Larson
Lisa Zimmer
2:55 - 3:10 Break  
3:10 - 4:00 An Aging Workforce: Navigating the Perfect Storm
Michigan’s workforce is getting a whole lot grayer. In fact, 40 percent of Baby Boomers plan to “work until they drop,” according to a recent AARP survey. How should businesses respond? GM and Ford are cashing out pensions. Others are looking to mandatory retirement programs, incentives and longer-term strategies to help employees save for their golden years. We’ll highlight the challenges posed by an aging workforce, share stories and discuss the options.
Jon Kok
Heidi Lyon
4:00 - 4:50 A New Face for Health Plans: Defined Contributions and Other Cost-Effective Options
When designing programs to attract and retain workers, companies are being forced to confront rapidly escalating health care costs and increased  government regulation. We'll explore cost-effective solutions,  including defined contribution platforms, accountable care organizations, alternative networks, aggressive wellness/disease management programs, private and public exchanges and new cost-sharing strategies, among other options, for active workforces and retirees, all designed to minimize your risk while offering employees more choice and control.
Norbert Kugele
April Goff

Space is limited so register early.

To maximize the value for attendees, this conference is intended solely for senior executives, HR directors and other corporate personnel.

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

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