Labor & Employment Attorneys to Present on Practical Applications of Employment Law

Dickinson Wright Attorneys to Present on Practical Applications of Employment Law

10/28/2009
Four Dickinson Wright attorneys - David J. Houston, Elise S. Levasseur, Norman D. Hawkins and Erin J. Stovel - will present a day-long seminar on the practical applications of employment law on November 3, 2009 at the Michigan State University Hotel & Conference Center in Lansing, Michigan. The seminar begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:45 p.m. The seminar is ideal for human resources professionals, business owners, managers and supervisors, payroll professionals, and attorneys practicing labor and employment law. The agenda includes sessions focusing on: Hiring and Firing in the Current Economy; Immigration Issues in the Workplace; FLSA/Wage and Hour in Today's Economy; Employee Privacy in the Workplace; ADA; FMLA Compliance; Sexual, Racial and Other Harassment in the Workplace; and Unionization and Union Avoidance. About the Presenters: David J. Houston practices in Dickinson Wright's Lansing office in the areas of labor and employment relations, and commercial and business litigation. Mr. Houston has handled the employment aspects of mergers from $1.5 million to $2.3 billion, and has tried bench and jury cases defending wrongful termination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, and sex discrimination claims. He has been a contributing author to "A Michigan Employer?s Guide to Drafting Your Employee Handbook," "Michigan Wage and Hour: A Practical Guide for Small Businesses," and "The Michigan Personnel File Survival Kit." Mr. Houston also has presented on topics such as "Hiring and Firing" and the "Employer's Guide to Maintaining Union-Free Status." He has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America and a Michigan Super Lawyer. He is a member of the Ingham County Bar Association, labor and employment law section, and a founding member and past chairperson; the Michigan Bar Association, labor and employment law and litigation sections; and the American Bar Association, labor and employment law and litigation sections. Mr. Houston earned his B.G.S., magna cum laude, at the University of Michigan and his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin, Order of the Coif. Elise S. Levasseur is a Dickinson Wright attorney practicing in the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan office. She practices exclusively in immigration law. Ms. Levasseur is experienced in many aspects of immigration law such as permanent employment-based immigrant visas for multinational executives and managers; extraordinary ability aliens, and those with advanced degrees and skilled workers; national interest waivers; labor certifications; visa processing at U.S. Consulates; intracompany transferees; applications for citizenship and employment verification; and employer sanctions. She is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Ms. Levasseur is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, past chair of the immigration committee, international section; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Michigan Chapter, past co-chair of INS liaison committee, and past vice chair and past education chair of the Michigan Chapter. She is a frequent presenter on business immigration topics. Ms. Levasseur received her B.A. from Wayne State University and her J.D. from Detroit College of Law. Norman D. Hawkins, an attorney in Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office, practices in labor and employment relations, representing employers in union avoidance, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice charges. Mr. Hawkins has tried jury cases defending wrongful discharge, race discrimination, sex discrimination, and breach of contract claims. He has drafted employment agreements, employee handbooks, independent contractor agreements, and non-compete and confidentiality agreements. Mr. Hawkins has authored labor and employment articles, been a presenter at professional education programs, and been an adjunct professor at Spring Arbor University. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Hawkins received his B.A., cum laude, from Spring Arbor College and his J.D., cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, where he was Order of the Coif. Erin J. Stovel practices in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office in the areas of labor and employment relations, commercial and business litigation, gaming law and insurance law . Ms Stovel is an associate member of the American Inns of Court, Michigan State University Chapter, and a member of the Ingham County Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute. She is a frequent speaker at labor and employment law seminars. Ms. Stovel received her B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. Founded in 1878, Dickinson Wright has approximately 260 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, Michigan; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto.
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