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    2017 HR SeminarLegal Updates & Best PracticesMay 23, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids

  • Legal Updates & Best Practices

    2017 HR Seminar

    New laws, policies and litigation are changing the regulatory landscape that governs how human resource professionals manage employee benefits and labor and employment issues. Join Warner Norcross attorneys for a one-day seminar that will provide updates on regulatory changes and many tools needed to manage a wide array of issues, including: discrimination and the EEOC; FMLA, FSLA and NLRB issues; wellness plans; retirement and benefit plans; managing benefit plans during mergers and acquisitions; recruiting and hiring; worker classification; talent management; non-compete clauses; data security issues; and hot topics in litigation.

    The day will feature a program-free lunch: No videos, presentations or interruptions — just a chance to network with colleagues or discuss best practices.


    •General Legislative Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 4 & 6

    •Benefits Myth Busters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 4

    •401(k) Withdrawal Dos & Don’ts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 4

    •Keeping Your Wellness Program Compliant . . . . . . pg 4

    • Incentivizing Your Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 5

    •Defined Contribution Plans 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 5

    •Engaging Your Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 5

    •What’s on the Horizon with the New Administration? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 6

    •HR Basics for Beginners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 6

    • Wage & Hour / FLSA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 6

    • Safety & OSHA Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 7

    • FMLA & ADA Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 7

    • Labor Laws in Other States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . pg 7

  • Continuing Education CreditsThis program has been awarded 6.5 hours of general credit toward PHR and SPHR recertification through the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information, please visit the HRCI website at www.hrci.org.

    This program qualifies for 4 SHRM Professional Development Credits (PDCs) which relate to the SRHM Body of Competency and Knowledge™ (SHRM BoCK).

    Pricing WNJ Non- Client Client

    Full-Day Program $ 145 $ 195Half-Day Program $ 90 $ 140

    Multi-Attendee Discount: If three or more people from the same organization attend, they will receive a 15 percent registration discount. Be sure to enter “wnj-hr-2017” as the promotional code to receive the discount.

    Parking and lunch are included with every registration. Program materials are provided online in advance of the seminar.

    May 23 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    Register online at WNJ.com/2017_HR_Seminar

    The use of the HRCI seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the activity. It means that this activity has met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit.

  • EB-1B: 401(k) Withdrawal Dos & Don’tsThis program will explore all the ways a participant can take money out of the plan. Get a refresher on the rules and learn about the pitfalls. We’ll cover the availability of loans and distributions in different scenarios, documentation to get, things to watch out for and what to do if you make a mistake.

    10:15-11:00 AM (two concurrent sessions to choose from)

    EB-2A: Keeping Your Wellness Program CompliantWe’ve seen a number of developments in the last year relating to wellness programs, both in the courts and in regulatory activity. We’ll discuss implications and the requirements that your wellness program must meet to stay in compliance.

    Morning General Session / 8:00-9:00 AM

    Legal Update & What’s on the HorizonWe’ll review recent legal developments in the employee benefits area and anticipated changes ahead. We’ll review the fiduciary rule, IRS determination letter changes, fee and other fiduciary litigation, proposed 409A/457(f) rules, 403(b) plan documents and changes to the Form 5500. We’ll also cover wellness programs, disability claims procedures, mental health parity enforcement activity, HIPAA and the future of health care reform.

    9:15-10:00 AM (two concurrent sessions to choose from)

    EB-1A: Benefits Myth BustersIn benefits, complex terminology, endless pages of law and industries lacking transparency make it difficult to tell fact from fiction. Panelists from the retirement, executive compensation and health and welfare will tackle myths about benefit plans and explain the processes that plan sponsors can rely on to evaluate what is and isn’t true.

    Norbert Kugele

    Heidi Lyon

    Tony Kolenic

    Justin Stemple

    Kent Sparks

    Norbert Kugele

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    Lisa Zimmer

    Jennifer Watkins

    Stephanie Grant

  • EB-2B: Incentivizing Your EmployeesWhat gets your employees out of bed and into work? And, is that enough for your organization, or do you need to incentivize superior performance and minimize poor performance? What can an employer do to retain and incentivize key employees? This session will discuss incentive plan strategies and designs, including cash bonuses, equity incentives and deferred compensation. We will also discuss how employment policies and practices impact employee performance, and possible legal pitfalls.

    11:15-12 noon (two concurrent sessions to choose from)

    EB-3A: Defined Contribution Plans 101If you’re new to retirement benefits or have recently returned to the field, then this session is designed with you in mind. We’ll discuss some basics of defined contribution retirement plans that will give you a broad overview of this complicated (and oftentimes confusing) area. This program will answer some of the fundamental questions you’ll face on a regular basis, including: what is a defined contribution

    plan, how does eligibility work, what is vesting, what are the different types of contributions, what are the plan sponsor’s responsibilities, what does a recordkeeper do and what are some of the critical IRS and ERISA requirements. You’ll walk away with a high-level understanding of how many of the pieces fit together, including some important dos and don’ts for working with defined contribution retirement plans.

    EB-3B: Engaging Your EmployeesSubstantial funds and time are spent on providing your employees a good package of benefits. But if your employees are not engaged, they will not understand or appreciate the value of what you are providing. Even worse, they may not get the coverages they need or save sufficient funds for retirement. In this interactive session, we will explore together what works and what doesn’t, and any concerns or limitations imposed by legal requirements.

    Norbert Kugele

    Steve PalazzoloJustin Stemple

    Kent SparksLisa Zimmer

    Mary Jo Larson

  • L-1B: HR Basics for BeginnersAre you new to HR and in need of a legal checklist? Warner Norcross & Judd’s labor and employment associates will walk you through the laws that regulate each stage of the employee life cycle — from hiring and onboarding to discipline and termination. This session will provide a basic understanding of employers’ legal obligations and tips to avoid common HR pitfalls. 3:00-3:45 PM (two concurrent sessions to choose from)

    L-2A: Wage & Hour / FLSAA new administration is here and with it, likely a new approach to Fair Labor Standards Act interpretation and enforcement. While the federal government’s attitude toward wage and hour enforcement may be relaxing in the coming months, the plaintiff’s bar will continue to look for opportunities to increase the pressure. We will review FLSA basics and address what’s on the horizon.

    Lunch Program - Networking Lunch / 12 noon-12:45 PM

    A program-free lunch. No videos, presentations or interruptions, just a chance to network with colleagues or discuss best practices.

    Afternoon General Session / 12:45-1:45 PM

    Legislative UpdateJoin us for a review of recent significant legislative and regulatory developments and court decisions affecting the workplace. We’ll discuss what these things mean for your organization and what you need to do to stay in compliance with the law. 2:00-2:45 PM (two concurrent sessions to choose from)L-1A: What’s on the Horizon with the New Administration?With a new president and new leadership at the federal agencies charged with enforcing labor and employment laws, changes are coming. We’ll discuss what to expect from the Trump administration in terms of legislation and regulation affecting your workforce and potential changes at the state government level in response to federal actions.

    Allyson Terpsma

    Rob Dubault

    John Inhulsen

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    Dean Pacific

    DeAndre’ HarrisWarda Kalim

    Jon Kok C . Ryan Grondzik

  • L-2B: Safety & OSHA IssuesThe maximum amount employers can be assessed for safety and health violations by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MiOSHA) is most likely increasing. So, now more than ever, it’s important that employers understand what is required to comply with the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Act. This session will focus on some of the basic requirements an employer must comply with under the Act, as well as some of the new regulations that MiOSHA has recently adopted that affect not only safety programs, but other employment policies.

    4:00-4:45 PM (two concurrent sessions to choose from)

    L-3A: FMLA & ADA IssuesOh great, another FMLA/ADA program where some lawyer walks through the basics . . . Not this time. This time we are going to dig into the more complicated aspects of the FMLA and ADA, like intermittent leave, certification and proper notification to the employee of his or her rights and other complex topics. We will use real life examples to go beyond the basics and delve into the details of these complicated laws.

    Karen VanderWerff Amanda Fielder

    L-3B: Labor Laws In Other StatesMany employers operate from a headquarter location in one state, but have operations or employees located in different states. In this session, we will address issues in labor and employment law that commonly are the same among states and, more importantly, where there may be differences among states that can create traps for the unwary. Although we will use examples of other states’ laws, this session will not explore the laws in other states in depth; rather, we will identify general areas of commonality and concern and provide tips to minimize and manage risk created by multi-state operations.

    Maggie JozwiakSteve Palazzolo

    Andrea Bernard

  • Seminar Materials

    To support our firm’s sustainability initiatives, we offer our seminar materials electronically. Materials will be emailed to you two days prior to the seminar. You may opt to print the materials to bring with you or you may access them from your computer. You will not receive additional hard copies at the seminar. Complimentary WiFi access will be available during the seminar to all attendees.


    The program will take place in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

    The hotel is located in downtown Grand Rapids on the corner of Monroe Avenue and Pearl Street at 187 Monroe Avenue, NW.

    For a detailed map, go to www.amwaygrand.com/maps

    Once in the hotel, go to the second level (Concourse Level) and follow the signs to the Ambassador Ballroom.


    Parking is available in the DeVos Place parking ramp, with entrances on Michigan Street and Lyon Street. You will receive a parking voucher at the seminar registration table. This voucher is only valid for the DeVos Place parking ramp and does not apply to the hotel ramp or valet parking.


    Overnight accommodations are available at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Please visit https://aws.passkey.com/e/49127753 to reserve your room at the special room rate of $194. Please reserve your room before May 12.


    If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sharon Sprague at (616) 752.2326 or [email protected]

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    2017 HR Seminar

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    2:00 - 2:45 pm (please select one)

    4:00 - 4:45 pm (please select one)









    3:00 - 3:45 pm (please select one)

    FMLA & ADA Issues (L-3A)

    Wage & Hour / FLSA (L-2A)

    What’s On the Horizon with the New Administration? (L-1A)

    Labor Laws in Other States (L-3B)

    Safety & OSHA Issues (L-2B)

    HR Basics for Beginners (L-1B)








    Legal Update & Best Practices / May 23 / Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

    8:00 - 9:00 am General Session: Legislative Update & What’s on the Horizon

    Lunch Program & Networking Yes No Veggie12 noon - 12:45 pm

    9:15 - 10:00 am (please select one)

    Benefits Myth Busters (EB-1A) 401(k) Withdrawal Dos & Don’ts (EB-1B)

    10:15 - 11:00 am (please select one)

    Keeping Your Wellness Program Compliant (EB-2A)

    Incentivizing Your Employees (EB-2B)

    11:15 - 12:00 am (please select one)

    Defined Contribution Plans 101 (EB-3A) Engaging Your Employees (EB-3B)

    12:45 - 1:45 pm General Session: Legislative Update

  • WNJ Non- Client Client

    Full-Day Program $ 145 $ 195

    Employee Benefits Program $ 90 $ 140(morning only)

    Labor & Employment Program $ 90 $ 140(afternoon only)

    Multi-Attendee Discount: If three or more people from the same organization attend, they will receive a 15 percent registration discount. Be sure to select that option when registering online.

    Registration and Payment Options

    First, Register Online at: WNJ.com/2017_HR_Seminar

    Next, Choose Your Payment Method:• Paypal/credit card via the online registration form• Check — send checks payable to:

    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP Attn: Sharon Sprague 900 Fifth Third Center 111 Lyon Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Cancellation Policy:

    A full refund will be issued if cancellation is received by Thursday, May 16, 2017.

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