PO Box 87, Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 225-8105 - Phone (906) 228-0493 - Fax


Friday, April 29, 2016   *   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Nancy Ohle, HR Partner Solutions

Program Description:

In Bringing the Best in Service to Your Citizens, you will learn all of the ways citizens evaluate your service and departments, as well as your own individual performance on these factors. We will balance meeting the personal needs of customers in terms of being valued, heard and respected, with the professional needs of your city, county or organization to do business efficiently and effectively. You will also learn valuable tactics to deal with difficult or demanding customers. At the end of the day, you will have a report card of your current performance and be equipped to determine your next steps for Bringing the Best in Service to Your Citizens!

About the Presenter:

Nancy Ohle has worked through the Michigan Municipal League for over 25 years and Michigan Townships Association for 15 years. She is a trainer, speaker, and also facilitates strategic planning and team-building sessions. This year she also joined the MEDC team preparing Redevelopment Ready communities for community collaboration. 

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Thursday, May 19, 2016   *   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  


Scott Kenney, CPA

Detailed information forthcoming

Friday, June 10, 2016   *   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  


Various presenters - TBD

Detailed information forthcoming

Friday, September 16, 2016   *   9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Attorney Gary Patterson, Masud Labor Law Group

Program Description:

In recent years there have been numerous changes in labor and employment law requiring employers to be increasingly on guard when making decisions that adversely affect employees. On February 19, 2016, the program will focus on both significant changes in labor law and specifically how changes to the Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) will affect public employers. The presentation will include practical advice on dealing with right to work, collective bargaining and increases in health insurance costs and legal limitations on what employers can spend on health insurance.

In addition, at both the state and federal level there have been changes that affect nearly all employers. Enforcement activity by the US Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission including newly proposed wage and hours regulations including new rules for defining who is considered exempt will be discussed. At all levels there is increased activity by regulatory agencies to redefine the joint employer standard.  In addition, the EEOC is taking action to enforce systemic discrimination and they are always pursuing new complaints regarding accommodation under the ADA and retaliation under all states they enforce. The discussion will also serve as a refresher on such subjects as FMLA and related leave requirements under the ADA.

About the Presenter:

Gary D. Patterson graduated with distinction from Thomas M. Cooley Law School where his legal studies focused on labor and employment law. While in law school, he earned an American Jurisprudence Book Award in Research and Advocacy.

Gary has considerable practical experience in labor arbitration, grievance resolution and collective bargaining, as well as workers' compensation disputes. He has also distinguished himself in the labor and employment law community as a speaker and instructor. A sampling of his presentations include: American Arbitration Association Symposium - "Evidence in Arbitration"; National Business Institute - "Avoiding Lawsuits for Wrongful Discharge", "Workers Compensation, Challenges and Opportunities" and "The Family and Medical Leave Act"; and Business and Industrial Development Institute - "Legal Considerations in Labor and Employee Matters" and "Recruiting and Hiring Considerations".

Gary joined Masud, Patterson, Schutter, Peters & Vary, P.C., in 1991. His extensive experience and training are utilized to assist clients in labor and employment law matters and workers' compensation disputes. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts for the State of Michigan, including the federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.