Labor and Employment Experts To Discuss Managing Litigation Risks in the Electronic Age

Dickinson Wright Labor and Employment Experts To Discuss Managing Litigation Risks in the Electronic Age

Detroit, Mich., May 7, 2007 – Dickinson Wright experts in labor and employment law and information technology will share information about employee record retention and managing litigation risks in the electronic age at a May 15 seminar at the Community House in Birmingham, Michigan. A well-planned and carefully implemented corporate record retention policy has always been an important element of a company's corporate compliance program. Recently, new legislation and changes in case law make analyzing and updating a policy critical – particularly at companies where a large amount of workforce information is stored electronically. Understanding the legal obligations with regard to retaining and organizing this information – both before and after litigation – is key to minimizing a company's risks and costs. Seminar discussion will focus on the following: Federal and State Statutory Requirements -What records must be kept, and for how long -What records can be maintained electronically -What the future holds regarding recordkeeping requirements Managing Litigation Risks -Lessons learned from recent cases -What electronically stored information must be produced in employment litigation -What about all those emails being generated throughout the company? The Need for and Components of an Effective Record Retention Program -The written policy -Implementation issues -Observations of an IT Manager The seminar will be held from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., preceded by an 8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast, in the Hackett Room at the Birmingham Community House, 380 South Bates, Birmingham, Michigan. There is a $25 fee to attend, payable at the door. For more information, or to register, please contact Erin Lucas,, or 313.223.3785. About The Speakers: Norman D. Hawkins, who focuses his practice on labor and employment law, is a Member in Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office. His areas of practice expertise include defending employers before juries in state and federal courts, counseling companies on all aspects of employment and labor relations policies and procedures including discharge issues, and representing employers in union avoidance, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges. Norm holds a B.A degree from Spring Arbor College and a J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School, both cum laude. He is a frequent author and speaker on employment law topics. Ryan K. Mulally, a Member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit office, specializes in labor and employment relations. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law sections of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan. He holds a B.S. degree with high honors from Michigan State University and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Wayne State University Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, the Golden Key National Honor Society and the Law Review. Ryan has authored numerous articles in the area of employment law. As Chief Information Officer, Michael P. Kolb oversees all aspects of Dickinson Wright's information technology strategy and its execution. The firm uses a broad array of the industry's latest and leading information technology capabilities, including Cisco software such as VoIP and Meeting Place, to facilitate highly efficient and collaborative attorney/client relationships. Historically, the delivery of legal services has been via one-way, paper-based communication. Today, extensive technology-based information sharing capabilities enable Dickinson Wright attorneys to work with clients in an "anytime, anywhere" virtual environment. Mr. Kolb holds a bachelor's degree in finance Degree from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals, the Computer Security Institute and the International Legal Technology Association. About Dickinson Wright PLLC Dickinson Wright PLLC, founded in 1878, has more than 230 attorneys in offices located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Washington, D.C. Dickinson Wright is a full-service law firm with more than 40 practice areas. For more information, visit
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