Pre-Conference Workshop:
Legal Summit & Leadership Summit

Wednesday, October 18th 9:00am - 1:00pm

We are excited to present you with optional pre-conference workshops where you can select from the Legal Workshop or Leadership Summit. Each workshop takes place on Wednesday, October 18th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and is limited to 250 people per workshop so sign up early to secure your spot! For pricing information, please click here.

Registration for the pre-conference workshops before September 27th are $125 member and $150 non-member. Registrations must be made in advance, and paid for prior to the conference. You must select the workshop you plan to attend as there is no switching sessions onsite.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Legal Summit

Wednesday, October 18th 9:00am - 1:00pm

Legal Workshop: Life Cycle of a Mock Employment Issue (Including Trial) Based on Real Employment Issues

Session Description:
This session will provide participants with details on emerging employment law updates and guidance for assessing their organizational practices that impact operations and people management so they can determine the best available risk management strategies.

HR professionals are often forced to wear many hats. This session will provide legal insights to help attendees navigate new and emerging employment laws and court decisions, and details for reviewing organizational processes and implementing operational changes for developing a proactive risk management strategy.

In this session, experienced trial attorneys from Honigman will deliver a real case study that will cover the alphabet soup of overlapping employment laws, providing HR professionals with employment law updates that could impact their organizations, guidance for implementing new procedures for people management to address compliance updates, best practices for investigating workplace issues, and an overview of how to prepare personnel files to assist attorneys with potential litigation.

Key Learning Objectives
- Overview of emerging employment law updates including the impact of recent decisions and new potential legal risks so attendees can determine best practices for implementing change strategies for mitigating risk
- Analyze and audit your workplace practices to proactively comply with emerging employment law updates
- Develop procedures for spotting overlapping legal issues in order to mitigate your organization’s legal risk
- Implement best practices for investigating claims and documenting facts based on existing, new and emerging compliance requirements
- Create strategies for preparing your organization for potential litigation
- Discover how the trial process works

Sean Crotty

Sean Crotty is a business-minded employment law counselor, helping clients address situations in a practical way to avoid liability under the myriad of federal, state, and local employment and labor laws. He also serves as lead counsel in lawsuits involving employment, wage-and-hour, non-compete, and trade secret claims.

  • Provides preventative, forward-thinking counseling and policies to help employers avoid liability for discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Serves as primary labor and employment counsel on multimillion-dollar corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Helps private and publicly-traded clients navigate high-level executive separations
  • Negotiates executive employment and severance agreements
  • Defends employers in discrimination and other lawsuits brought under federal and state law, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Whistleblowers Protection Act, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Title VII, and the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
  • Counsels national and international companies on how to establish employee operations in Michigan
  • Guides clients in structuring both large- and small-scale workforce reductions

Emory Moore Jr.

Emory Moore is a labor and employment attorney. Emory represents employers in complex labor and employment litigation, including restrictive covenant, trade secret, wage and hour, and executive compensation matters. He also advises employers in transactional matters, including mergers & acquisitions, reductions in force, and executive employment agreement negotiations.

Emory has extensive experience serving as strategic outside counsel for large and mid-sized employers, whether involving day-to-day employment law issues, critical internal investigations, or key transactions.

Jenn Muse

Jenn Muse is an employment law attorney who provides proactive counsel to businesses on practical strategies, steps, and policies to address human resources and relations concerns. She focuses her practice on employment counseling and strategic acquisitions. She also serves as counsel for businesses on employment litigation matters, from wage and hour class and collective action lawsuits, to single-plaintiff employment discrimination claims.

  • Counsels businesses in buy- and sell-side transactions on worker-related diligence, human resource transitions, and workforce strategies
  • Drafts practical work rules, policies, procedures, and employee handbooks to support employers’ specific business goals
  • Negotiates employment contracts and severance agreements, including noncompete agreements
  • Defends charges brought against employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state civil rights departments
  • Advises employers with federal contract compliance, including developing affirmative action programs and meeting reporting requirements
  • Represents employers in various stages of state and federal litigation, including responding to complaints, drafting discovery requests and responses, and crafting dispositive motions
  • Counsels start-ups, small businesses, and emerging companies on initial human resources matters and contracts
  • Provides practical, preventive and forward-thinking counsel while keeping each client’s end goals in mind
  • Serves as a member of Honigman’s Emerging Companies Group

James Reid

James Reid is a labor and employment attorney who counsels business owners, entrepreneurs, C-suite executives, in-house counsel, and human resources directors to make strategic business decisions, from hiring to firing, while complying with the ever changing and overlapping laws, including the ADEA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRA, and Title VII. He brings a business focused and proactive approach to legal matters to help employers make strategic business decisions to minimize the potential for litigation and business disruption.

His deep understanding of his clients' businesses enables him to deliver clear and concise counsel to meet each client's specific needs. If litigation is involved, he enforces restrictive covenants and defends employers against charges filed with the EEOC, state, and federal agencies.

James regularly conducts audits and investigations into employers' wage and hour practices and claims of discrimination and harassment. He provides training and prepares employment documents, including employee handbooks, employment agreements, and separation agreements, to cover all aspects during the life cycle of an employee.

James is also a sought after keynote and national speaker at conferences and events, including the American Payroll Association, SHRM, Tedx, and HR Day.

Marilyn Yousif

Marilyn Yousif is an attorney in the firm’s Labor and Employment Department. She has experience in administrative investigations, employment counseling, and legal research and writing.

Mahja Zeon

Mahja D. Zeon is an attorney in the firm’s Labor and Employment department. She focuses her practice on employment counseling, litigation, and strategic workforce planning.

  • First and second-chair experience in jury and bench trials
  • Defends immigration-related unfair employment charges brought against employers before the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice
  • Aids in various stages of state and federal litigation, including responding to complaints, drafting discovery requests and responses, and crafting dispositive motions
  • Defends charges brought against employers before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state civil rights departments
  • Drafts and reviews employment contracts and severance agreements, including non-compete agreements

Pre-Conference Workshop: Leadership Summit

Wednesday, October 18th 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Essential Connection: How to design and align a comprehensive people strategy for your business. 


Organizational systems are the backbone of any successful business and the key to designing an industry leading employee experience.  If you want to attract, retain, engage, and unleash the people power of your organization, it is essential to understand the various elements of the organizational system.  In this strategic HR workshop, you’ll work through achieving a business objective leveraging your organizational system.  From Recruitment and Selection, Compensation and Benefits, Structure, Policies and Procedures, to Employee Development, Performance Management, Communication, Culture, and Employer Branding; when you design the complete system with intention and skill, you position yourself and your business to win.  

  • By the end of this workshop participants will:
  • Be able to describe the key components of an organizational system.
  • Understand how different parts of the organizational system work together to achieve a common goal.
  • See how a people strategy should connect to business strategy.
  • Work through a real life objective and design the system to support the desired outcome.
  • Learn how to manage the change associated with the system adjustments.

Monica Lloyd
Centrica Care Navigators

Monica Lloyd is a Michigan native with a fast-growing career in leadership and organizational development. She works with business leaders to design comprehensive people strategies to accomplish business objectives. Throughout her career, Monica has helped companies build winning cultures, inspire employee engagement, create comprehensive communication plans, enhance manager effectiveness, and break out of the proverbial “box”. ?

Currently, Monica serves in the role of Chief Human Resources Officer for Centrica Care Navigators, an industry leader in end-of-life and aging adult care. She is also the founder of People Forward, a consulting group that acts as a resource for leaders looking to develop a people-forward business. Monica combines her energy and enthusiasm with over 15 years of real-world experience in leadership and behavioral science to help organizations overcome today’s challenges.

MISHRM's mission is to support the State SHRM chapters and serve the HR professionals (networking, development opportunities, best practice sharing) and serve as a conduit from our great state to SHRM.

Michigan Council of the Society for Human Resource Management

1026 28th Street SW
P.O. Box 90082
Wyoming, MI, 49509

(844) 4MI-SHRM

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