A Day in the Life: Solving Real HR Problems

$270 Members. $295 Future Members.

There are a number of complex employment law issues that human resource professionals and small business owners can face, sometimes all within a very long day. Join us for this interactive workshop that will track “a day in the life” of a Human Resources Director as problems are tackled involving discrimination, wage and hour laws, concerted employee activities, disability and medical leaves, medical marijuana, hostile work environment, social media, and an inappropriate new hire interview. Attendees will be able to “issue spot” along with the presenter, who will answer questions and discuss the legal implications, HR best practices, and regulatory issues involved.

Topics to be covered:

  • Identifying illegal policies and handling new hire documentation properly
  • Addressing and remedying potentially inappropriate behavior of executives
  • Investigating complicated allegations of harassment and discrimination
  • Wading through complex “hot topic” issues, including use of social media in hiring/investigative processes, weapons policies, drug testing and the use of medical marijuana
  • Unknowingly learning of potential “Direct Threat” medical issues
  • Properly handling employee medical and non-medical leaves
  • Avoiding common payroll mistakes that can be extremely costly 
  • Preventing collective action litigation
  • Developing and implementing progressive discipline and performance review practices
  • Understanding obligations under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Handling employee terminations and recommended severance policies and language

 Expert Presenter:

Courtney NicholsCourtney L. Nichols, Plunkett Cooney's Labor and Employment Law Practice Group Leader, focuses her litigation practice in the areas of employment law, including discrimination and retaliation claims, premises liability and civil rights law. She also represents and advises employers on important employment issues involving various state and federal statutes, and assists them with developing and implementing employee contracts, non-compete agreements, and employee manuals. 


  • Six (6) credits for the MI Chamber Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance Certification Program.
  • Four (4) HR (General) recertification credit hours for PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
  • Four (4) PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.