Dickinson Wright Attorney James B. Perry Elected as a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Attorney James B. Perry was recently elected a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation.

James B. Perry is a Member in the firm’s Detroit office where he focuses his practice on labor & employment and alternative dispute resolution. He has successfully negotiated labor contracts with all major unions for a wide variety of public and private employers. He also has significant experience before employment agencies including the NLRB, MERC, Department of Labor, and EEOC. Mr. Perry is a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Labor Law Section and the Detroit Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Research Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by Michigan Super Lawyers and Dbusiness Top Lawyers. Mr. Perry received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.

Fellows of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation are chosen for their outstanding legal ability and devotion to community. Only five percent of the State Bar of Michigan’s members in good standing are invited to become Fellows. The State Bar of Michigan Foundation provides leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system, including support for civil legal aid to the poor, law-related education, and conflict resolution. To learn more visit, www.msbf.org.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC
Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 425 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn. (2); Las Vegas, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Reno, Nev.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the firm offers clients a distinctive combination of superb client service and exceptional quality. 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 by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee Releases Endorsements for Detroit School Board

Full list of endorsements for Board of Education race announced

DETROIT, September 28, 2016 – Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced endorsements for the seven open seats on the Board of Education for the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The Chamber PAC identified candidates who are aligned with the Chamber’s support for high academic standards in K-12 education in order to ensure all students are prepared for careers and post-secondary education.

“A locally elected school board will be an integral part of the transformation of Detroit schools. We are excited about the caliber of these highly qualified candidates, and thank them for their willingness to step up and take on this difficult but immensely important job,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“Our list of endorsed candidates represents a broad cross section of our city, from business leaders to community activists and educators to faith leaders. We look forward to working with them to give Detroiters the education system to which they are entitled,” Williams added.

The Chamber, along with the business community, strongly supported returning governance of Detroit Public Schools back to a locally controlled school board. As one of the most vocal advocates for education reform in Detroit and across the state, the Chamber was also a key supporter of the financial relief legislation for DPS that was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year.

The election in November marks a tipping point for education in Detroit. Unlike previous boards under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the newly elected board will have a debt-free, clean slate with more power to make decisions necessary to ensure the district’s long-term financial and academic growth. The candidates endorsed by the Chamber PAC are good stewards of taxpayer dollars whose proven turnaround expertise and collaboration will be essential to safeguard the future of Detroit schools.

Chamber-Endorsed Detroit Board of Education Candidates

Leslie Andrews              Misha Stallworth

Penny Bailer                   Iris Taylor

Mary Kovari                    Rev. Kevin Turman

Sonya Mays

The Chamber PAC prides itself on being one of the most sought-after, bipartisan endorsements in Michigan and selects candidates who are focused on supporting policies and programs that improve K-12 education in the region and increase access to higher education.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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Nicol previously worked for a leading global consumer products company, SC Johnson & Son Inc., as team leader/packaging engineer in research and development. While there, she executed several new product launches and cost-saving initiatives.

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Co-founder, Social Coop Media

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Labor and employment conference tackles issues impacting southeast Michigan employers on October 28, 2016; Butzel Long hosts 29th Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law Forum at MGM Grand Detroit

Human resources professionals, general counsel, business owners and all who deal with employees need a playbook to keep up with changing laws, regulations and other issues impacting today’s workplace. Butzel Long’s 29th Annual Labor, Employment, Benefits and Immigration Law Forum will focus on a variety of these legal matters on Friday, October 28, 2016 at the MGM Grand Detroit, located at 1777 Third Avenue. Complimentary valet parking will be available.

The seminar begins with registration at 7:15 a.m. The conference takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The $190 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and seminar materials.

“We plan our annual conference to meet the evolving informational needs of human resources professionals and all those who deal with employee issues,” said Daniel B. Tukel, Chair of Butzel Long’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Department. “Our objective is to provide attendees with the latest information to help them day-to-day.”

The Butzel Long seminar begins with an update on new developments in labor and employment law. Next, participants can select three of the 12 workshops offered on a wide-range of labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration issues faced by most employers.

Workshop session topics include:

· Concerns of an Aging or Unhealthy Workforce

· Employee Benefits: Traps for the Unwary

· New overtime exemption regulations

· LGBT issues

· Everything you always wanted to know about 401(k) plans, but didn’t ask

· Accommodation Issues

· Know the rules of the Immigration Game

· New Protection for Trade Secrets?

· Regulating Employees’ Off Duty Conduct

· Don’t Gamble with I-9’s

· Dealing with the Troubled Employee

· Proactively Managing Leave Issues

A highlight of the program will be a panel discussion titled, “Talkin’ ‘Bout Our Generations: Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce.” The panel discussion will be moderated by Butzel Long employment attorney Jim Rosenfeld. Panelists include:

· Rebecca Davies and John Hancock, Jr. labor and employment attorneys, Butzel Long,

· Jonathan Hughes, CFO, Shinola Detroit, and,

· Louis Theros, Vice President and General Counsel,
MGM Grand Detroit

This discussion will consider issues in the workplace which may differ among Gen X; baby boomers and “Millennials;” what motivates the different generations; how retention issues differ; and, how to manage employees with these different generational perspectives.

For more information or to register online, visit https://www.butzel.com/event. For inquiries, contact Jocelyn Pomaranski at (313) 225-7075 or email at pomaranski@butzel.com

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, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. 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

Ryan Krause named managing principal for Rehmann’s southeast region

Ryan Krause, CPA, was recently announced as the new managing principal for Rehmann’s southeast region. He will fully transition to the role on January 1, 2017.

In this position, he will lead growth and profitability for Rehmann’s southeast region, which includes the firm’s offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Farmington Hills and Troy, Michigan, and Toledo, Ohio. Krause has been with Rehmann for nearly two decades serving clients in a variety of industries primarily in the audit and assurance practice. He is also a member of a number of the firm’s executive committees and most recently served as the department head for the region’s audit and assurance practice.

“We are thrilled that Ryan will serve our southeast region as managing principal,” said Rehmann CEO Randy Rupp. “He brings a wealth of experience to this role that will continue to be a great asset to our clients and our firm.”

“I am very excited for the opportunity and honored to serve in this role for the firm,” said Krause. “My job is simple: To empower our associates to continue building on years of success in developing long-term client relationships and to increase awareness in the marketplace about all the great things Rehmann is accomplishing.”

Krause is a graduate of Oakland University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

About Rehmann
Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs and consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. The firm offers a cross-functional team approach that gives clients direct access to a professional in any available service. Rehmann is ranked as the 30th largest firm in the United States, with nearly 800 associates located in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Online at rehmann.com.

Butzel Long co-hosts Michigan Defense Industry AUSA reception in Washington, D.C.

Butzel Long is co-hosting the 2016 Michigan Defense Industry 5th Annual Arsenal of Innovation™ Reception at the AUSA Annual Exposition on Monday, October 3, 2016 at The Army & Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

Military and defense industry leaders are expected to attend the invitation-only reception when the Association of United States Army (AUSA) National Annual Meeting takes place next week. Other reception co-hosts include: the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Defense Center and Macomb County. The event also is supported by the Macomb County Chamber, Detroit Regional Chamber and Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Warren, in Macomb County, is the home of United States Army Detroit Arsenal,” said Beth S. Gotthelf, Chair of Butzel Long’s Aerospace and Defense Industry Team. “The Detroit Arsenal houses the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), providing ‘cradle-to-grave’ support to America’s armed forces and ensuring Army readiness.

“With Detroit Arsenal in our backyard, Michigan is known nationally as a hub for manufacturing in the Defense Industry,” she said. “This event is an opportunity for Government and private defense industry leaders to come together and discuss doing business in Michigan and protecting our service men and women.”

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, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. 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

Detroit Chamber says transit plan is critical to region’s economic growth

The Peninsula 

By Tracy Rozens

September 26, 2016

The Detroit Regional Chamber has launched a campaign to educate voters on the economic benefits of a $4.7 billion transit proposal for southeast Michigan appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot, a long-awaited plan to connect the largest metropolitan area in the nation currently lacking true regional transit.

“If we are going to get people into the workforce, giving them access to move across communities and county lines to where the jobs are will be incredibly important,” Brad Williams, vice president of government relations at the Detroit Regional Chamber, recently told the Peninsula.

The plan from the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA) would connect 4.2 million people living in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Ninety-two percent of the jobs in southeast Michigan are currently not accessible within 60 minutes using existing transit services.

“Anecdotally, we hear from members who have jobs open that are difficult to fill because one of the first questions you ask on any job application is: do you have access to reliable transportation? And too many people in our region can’t answer that question with yes,” Williams said.

The new transit system would feature bus rapid transit, regional rail and a new cross-county connector service that will provide frequent, seamless service on major routes, among other initiatives. The projects are viewed as key to getting people to work, helping the elderly and those with disabilities remain independent, and boosting economic development.

Over a 20-year period, the Regional Master Transit Plan would support 67,800 regional jobs, add $6 billion in gross regional product and help support an increase in personal income of $4.4 billion, according to a Michigan Department of Transportation economic impact analysis.

Voters will be asked to authorize the RTA to levy a $1.2 million property tax assessment within the four counties that will generate $3.1 billion in local transit funding over 20 years, according to a financial analysis of the plan. The RTA would seek federal and state funds to make up the rest of the cost of the project.

The cost of the plan to homeowners would be approximately $95 per year for the average home assessed at $78,856.

Southeast Michigan, at $69, invests significantly less per capita in regional transit than any other comparable city, including Chicago at $283, Pittsburgh at $232, Minneapolis-St. Paul at $177, Cleveland at $177 and Atlanta at $119.

“The regions we compete with are blowing us out of the water,” Williams said.

If the regional transit plan is approved, the southeast Michigan region’s per capita investment would rise to $157.

Under the authorizing statute for the RTA, each county would receive 85 percent of their contribution through the millage in enhanced services. When federal funds are included, counties would receive more than 100 percent.

“That’s good news because that is all taxpayer dollars folks in our region have been paying for decades and have not seen the benefit of because we didn’t have a coordinated system that connects our communities,” Williams said.

The issue of how to improve transportation in the region has vexed officials with competing interests from cities, counties and suburbs for almost half a century.

“We’ve tried this 23 other times and each time politics has gotten in the way,” Williams said.

This marks the first time a regional transit measure will go before voters in southeast Michigan.

“We’re confident that voters will recognize that this is an investment worth making,” Williams said.

View the original article here: https://michiganpeninsulanews.com/featured/1353-detroit-chamber-says-transit-plan-critical-regions-economic-growth/

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor receives $2 million anonymous gift to support cancer care services

Legacy gift from long-time donor will make life-changing difference for many

A $2 million gift from an anonymous donor was given to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor to support cancer care services at the hospital. The donation will be used to support growing cancer care needs in the community, including treatment options, research and support services.

“Our community’s support for cancer care is astounding – we are so grateful to our long-standing donor for making an extraordinary gift of $2 million and to the many generous donors who support our work,” said Philip J. Stella, MD, medical director of Oncology, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

The anonymous donor was one of the original benefactors of the hospital’s Robert H. and Judy Dow Alexander Cancer Center when it was constructed in 1993—becoming the area’s first comprehensive cancer center–and has continued to support St. Joe’s throughout the past nearly 25 years.

Since then, patient volumes at the cancer center have tripled to more than 3,400 annually. Treatment options have advanced dramatically, as well as the need for increased numbers of expert staff such as hematology and radiation oncology specialists, research staff and surgical specialists for all tumor types.

“We’ve gone from eight to 15 hematology and radiation oncology specialists and from three to 27 research staff, as well as added surgical specialists for all tumor types,” explained Dr. Stella. “We’ve been recognized as the nation’s best community research program; added genetic counseling, multidisciplinary clinics, and a leading da Vinci® surgery program; and we’re the home of Michigan’s first CyberKnife® and first nurse navigator program.”

For those in the community who have been directly affected by cancer, this donation promises to advance patient experience and outcomes.

“For my family and for me, St. Joe’s has always been an important place and an important cause,” said Judy Dow Rumelhart, for whom the cancer center at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is named. “As a donor and as chair of St. Joe’s Cancer Care Campaign in the early 1990s, it means the world to me each time a fellow donor, especially one who partnered in our efforts 25 years ago, makes an investment in the cause – in the patients who will continue to come to St. Joe’s Cancer Center seeking the best medical treatment, compassion and hope.”

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.

SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, a leading Catholic health care system based in Livonia, Mich. Trinity Health operates in 22 states, employs about 97,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $23.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

Paying the price for employees behaving badly is the focus of Nemeth Law’s Raising the Bar series on Oct. 5

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 Oct. 5 to cover the topic of Paying the Price for Employees Behaving Badly.

“Most employers are fairly adept at recognizing and responding to potential discrimination and harassment claims,” Terry Bonnette, a partner at Nemeth Law, said. “What a lot of employer’s don’t realize, however, is that their liability for the inappropriate conduct of their employees does not stop there. Historically, in common law, the “master” could be held accountable for the misdeeds of a “servant.” In more modern parlance, we talk about “employment torts.” Although these types of claims are less well-known, they can still be equally, or even more costly, to the employer.”

Using case studies to identify and illustrate strategies for dealing with employees behaving badly, Nemeth Law attorneys will review the following topics:

• Vicarious liability and respondent superior: when is the employer responsible for the bad acts of its employees?
• Can I be sued for that? The not–so- exclusive remedy provisions of the workers compensation statute
• You should have known better. Negligent hiring/retention/supervision
• Are you going to let her talk about me like that? Invasion of privacy and defamation claims
• Fast and furious: negligence involving cars, alcohol and cell phones
• You fired me, now no one will hire me! Tortious interference
• You’re so mean! Intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress

Raising the Bar will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 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 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:45 a.m. 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.

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.