Review Past Event - Employment Law Seminar

Things That go Bump in the Workplace
Detroit Athletic Club

Plunkett Cooney Employment Law Seminar

Archived Event

Things That go Bump in the Workplace

A Survivor's Guide to Employment Nightmares

Originally Held: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon (EDT)
Location: Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit, Michigan

Presented by: Plunkett Cooney's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group

Seminar Overview:

When it comes to tales of woe, business owners and human resource professionals have plenty of spine tingling stories that rival anything whispered around the dying embers of a campfire in the dark of night. 

You know the stories… they raise the hair on the back of your neck, give you goose bumps as you recall them and leave your colleagues shaking their heads in utter disbelief. Yet, they are real… hard to believe, perhaps, but real nonetheless.

This half-day seminar explored these employment tales from the dark side. Our attorneys shone a bright light on them by providing strategies, best practices and information to ensure your business doesn’t disappear into a seemingly endless labyrinth of regulations and employment law.

A Nightmare on Main Street

Your team has worked long and hard to draft policies, to create systems that comply with regulations and to create an employee handbook that codifies it all. But like a nightmare, the appellate courts issue rulings that turn your carefully-crafted world upside down. This portion of the seminar provided recent case law to make sure you can avoid workplace nightmares and sleep well at night… with pleasant dreams instead.

28 Days Later

An employee with a broken ankle submits a straightforward request for four (4) weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Next thing you know, he’s been off of work for six (6) months, you’re not sure if he’s in the state of Michigan or if he’s still on your payroll. How do you handle the web of medical issues in the workplace and ensure compliance with the alphabet soup – ADA, FMLA, WDCA, etc.?

Chamber of Horrors

Executives and managers assure you that they understand the need to comply with employment laws and regulatory requirements, then like a scene from Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde they make decisions, set budgets and enact strategies that could lead directly to an employment law chamber of horrors. What can you do to maintain balance (and your sanity) in the workplace? We had answers.

The Labyrinth

You receive what appears to be an innocuous complaint from an employee that quickly spider webs into a complicated harassment investigation and threatened lawsuit. What does your internal investigation need to entail? How do you prepare for litigation? What is your role during the litigation? What do your attorneys need from you and when? This segment provided a roadmap to ensure you don’t get lost in the labyrinth.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Employee

You never really see them coming. At first, he seems like a mild mannered employee who gets along well with his co-workers and supervisors. Then, like a scene from the classic monster movie, Dr. Jekyll transforms into Mr. Hyde, wreaking havoc whenever you least expect it. Working with difficult employees can be challenging and sometimes dangerous, so having a plan and the necessary skills to deal with them is paramount.

Intended Audience:

This seminar was designed to benefit business owners, executives and human resources professionals.

Continuing Education Credit Information:


This activity was approved by the HR Certification Institute for 3.5 (general) recertification credits toward the aPHR®, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi® and SPHRi® certifications.

For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

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  Plunkett Cooney is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program was valid for 3.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM.For more information about certification or recertification, please visit SHRM 2017 Provider

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