The World of Work 2020 and Beyond: A New Frontier in COVIDLand

November 11, 2020
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Virtual Event

Remember the “Good Old Days” of 2019 when the most complex thing HR had to deal with was Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act?  Well, this is 2020+ and HR has been transported to COVIDLand.  What has the pandemic brought to HR professionals?  We’ll cover the following topics in AHRM’s annual Legal Update, and more:

  • What has happened to the world of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic?  What are the trends, and how will this change the American workplace going forward? 
  • What will “work” look like in the future, especially for ‘white collar’ employees, as we experience ‘less office and more home’?
  • What are the major legal issues that can arise when so many employees are working long stretches from home and remotely?  (OSHA, unions, workers’ compensation, FLSA/hours worked, performance management, ADA accommodation, etc.)
  • Changes to health and welfare plans from the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020
  • How Michigan’s No-Fault Reform may impact a self-funded group health plan’s coordination of benefit provisions
  • Retirement plans legislation, such as the SECURE Act, including effective dates of certain mandatory changes and steps that plan sponsors should take before the end of the year to implement new rules related to hardship distributions
  • Supreme Court’s major ruling on sexual orientation and gender identity – now we have an answer on this discrimination lightning rod issue
  • An overview of (what seems like) 1,000 Michigan Governor’s Executive Orders – or at least the most recent E.O.’s!
  • Will we ever get back to ‘normal’ HR issues unrelated to COVID-19?


The Panel:

Sandra Andre is an Associate in Miller Johnson’s employment and labor section. She counsels a diverse group of employers and human resource practitioners on a full spectrum of employment related legal issues. These range from affirmative action to FMLA and from wage and hour compliance to union management. Ms. Andre is a part of the  employment litigation team defending employers in cases including claims such as discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination. She is experienced preparing for trials and hearings. This includes drafting motions, reviewing depositions and conducting legal research.

Gary Chamberlin is a Member of the firm and has been practicing law since 1990. He possesses extensive experience in employment law and advises employers on issues affecting their workforce. Gary is Chair of our Affirmative Action and Government Contractors practice.

Jeffrey T. Gray represents public and private employers in employee benefits and executive compensation matters. Mr. Gray counsels employers with respect to designing and  administering qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, creating deferred compensation and bonus plans, negotiating executive employment and severance agreements, defending agency audits, developing and implementing strategies for employee benefit plans in mergers and acquisitions, including ESOP transactions, and resolving disputes between benefit plans and their participants. As a former in-house counsel for one of the world’s largest direct selling companies, Mr. Gray sees legal issues from the client’s perspective. To be effective, he firmly believes attorneys must be good business partners.

This event has been approved for 2 General HRCI and SHRM credits. 

Hey SHRM Certification Holders! Want to earn recertification PDCs for the work you’ve done supporting your organization’s COVID-19 response? SHRM is aware of the great amount of work many of you have done to support your organization’s and/or community’s COVID-19 response and would like to acknowledge the countless hours that you have dedicated to this effort. If you are a SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP credential holder who is working toward recertification you can earn all 60 PDCs for your work in this area.  To take advantage of this opportunity, simply summarize your activities using SHRM's COVID-19 Response Summary Form and follow the instructions outlined in the form to redeem your credits. 

IMPORTANT: To successfully submit your COVID-19 Response Summary Form, SHRM requires you to participate in a local chapter or state council COVID-19 specific program. This program qualifies as a COVID-19 specific program.


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