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"What's New, Employment Update" By Steve Palazzolo

  • Wed, March 11, 2020
  • 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Peninsula Room I (Second floor of the Northern Center, formerly known as the University Center) on the campus of NMU in Marquette


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General Membership Meeting Agenda
“What’s New Employment Update”
By Steve Palazzolo

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Peninsula I Conference Room
2nd Floor of the Northern Center
Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI


9:30 AM-10:00 AM

Networking and light breakfast

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

What’s New” Employment Update”- New laws, policies and litigation are changing the regulatory landscape that governs how human resource professionals manage labor and employment issues.

Join us in the morning session as Steve Palazzolo, labor and employment attorney from Warner Norcross + Judd, provides an update on regulatory changes and tools needed to manage a wide array of issues, including: PMLA, workplace safety issues such as marijuana in the workplace and the impact of the coronavirus, as well as EEOC, FMLA, FSLA and NLRB issues.

The session will focus on trends in labor & employment law with a solid discussion and best practices to implement in the workplace. 

12:00 PM- 1:15 PM

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 PM- 3:30 PM

“Anatomy of a Discharge Case”- Have you ever been deposed by a plaintiff's attorney?  Have you ever defended your company policies in a legal proceeding? Have you ever had to testify before a jury?  How would you hold up?

Failure to comply with basic HR practices can seriously impact an employee discharge and complicate your defense of the ensuing EEOC charge and litigation. This session will not only provide best practices for personnel management, but also demonstrate what can happen when those practices are not followed.

In the afternoon session, Steve Palazzolo will illustrate a common scenario, beginning with a troubled employee relationship, and follow the problem through a workplace investigation, EEOC charge, pretrial discovery, and ultimately a trial with an aggressive cross-examination by a plaintiff’s trial lawyer. In this exercise, you’ll see what the HR professionals did right and wrong, and discuss the potential consequences that may be avoided by following best practices.


Steve Palazzolo counsels clients on employee issues, policy development, NLRB, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and international labor relations. His services extend to acquisitions, immigration, employee benefits, campaign finance, employment litigation and civil rights. Steve represents numerous organizations in the automotive supply industry, agriculture, finance, food processing, hospitality, manufacturing, marketing and service industries, ranging from start-ups to large Fortune 500 clients. He advises clients in the Midwest, United States, Asia, Europe and South and Central America. Steve is a frequent speaker for industry organizations, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Steve brings valuable expertise to his practice through his unique work history. Prior to law school, he was a shop floor supervisor in both union and non-union food processing plants. He spent 11 years as in-house counsel in labor and employment law and oversaw the HR department for a multi-billion-dollar multinational corporation with extensive manufacturing operations.

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