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DSHRM HR Learn: "Harassment in the Workplace: What's an Employer To Do?"
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Learn how HR is working with other business leaders to address workplace harassment.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Where: Shriners Silver Garden Event Center
24350 Southfield Road
Southfield, Michigan  48075
United States
Presenter: James Rosenfeld and Michael Griffie - Butzel Long
Contact: Detroit SHRM
(248) 478-6498

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Submit Advance Questions: The Marketing Committee will be fielding member-submitted questions in advance for our speakers. Attending guests can submit questions to: and the best questions will be asked live at the event! See below for additional details.

"Harassment in the Workplace: What's an Employer To Do?"


For years, HR professionals have helped build and maintain respectful workplaces, but as we see in the news, it isn't working well enough. Harassment claims not only impact employee engagement and productivity, they also have serious legal and financial consequences, and can ultimately devastate a brand. There are many other types of harassment, but they can all have the same consequences. HR can work with other leaders to address workplace harassment.



Participants in the program will gain an understanding of:

  • How to identify and distinguish the various types of sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct;
  • How to conduct a legally compliant and thorough harassment investigation;
  • How to design legally sufficient harassment avoidance policies; and
  • Learning through application to real life scenarios.


7:30 – 8:00 AM                       Networking & Registration - Breakfast Buffet available

8:00 – 8:15 AM                       Introduction & Announcements     

8:15 – 9:45 AM                       Presentation


ADVANCE QUESTIONS: Outside of “The War on Talent,” there is no other topic talked about more within the HR and employment community than harassment. Employers nationwide face lawsuits daily with workplace harassment claims. Workplace harassment can lead to low employee engagement and productivity, have grave legal and financial impacts and deliver unwanted PR that can destroy a brand… no matter how established that brand is. Attending guests can submit up to 3 questions to:, and the best questions will be asked live at the event!


We hope that by submitting questions up front we can maximize the time the speakers have, by answering questions that will serve a purpose for all attendees. Please have your questions submitted no later than Monday, September 24th.

Thanks Everyone!
DSHRM Marketing Committee


HRCI - Submitted for 1.5 Business Credits 

SHRM - Pre-approved for 1.5 Credits


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES (through September 20):

Detroit SHRM Professional Members - $40.00
Detroit SHRM Student Members - $30.00

Non-Members - $50.00


REGISTRATION FEES (after September 20):

Detroit SHRM Professional Members - $50.00
Detroit SHRM Student Members - $40.00

Non-Members - $60.00



Cancellations must be received in writing to by September 20, 2018. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations received after this date; however, substitutions for another person to attend in your place are gladly accepted (please note that members substituting a non-member may result in a higher registration fee).


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James S. Rosenfeld is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office. He is the previous manager of Butzel Long's Labor and Employment Practice Group and practices in the area of labor and employment law. He has extensive experience in litigating a wide variety of labor and employment cases, including trial and appellate work in both state and federal court. He also has experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements, and handling labor arbitrations and hearings before the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Rosenfeld is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1986) and Harvard College (A.B., 1981, magna cum laude). Mr. Rosenfeld is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment and has been ranked by Chambers USA.

In 2009, Mr. Rosenfeld served as a member of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing's Crisis Turnaround team, focusing on labor relations and human resource issues. Mr. Rosenfeld is a Life Member in the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference and a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan Foundation. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Sections of the State Bar and the Labor and Employment Relations Sections of the Federal and American Bar Associations, as well as the Employer Co-Chair of the ABA Labor & Employment Section ADR Committee. He has previously served as a member of the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly and President of the Barristers of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association and is currently a Member of the latter's Board of Directors.

Mr. Rosenfeld has completed 40-hour General Civil Case Mediator Training and has been a mediator on the American Arbitration Association Mediation Panel. He has served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University Law School teaching alternative dispute resolution and frequently lectures and conducts training for employers and supervisors on various employment issues. He was a speaker and author on panels for the ABA's ADR in Labor and Employment Law Committee, in 2007 and 2008 and co-authored "Expert Witness Testimony: A Litigation Issue for Discharge and Discrimination Cases," February, 1993, 72 Michigan Bar Journal, No. 2, 146 and "Sex Harassment Decisions: Take Your Statute as You Find It," October 1998, 77 Michigan Bar Journal, No. 10, 1098.

Michael R. Griffie is an associate attorney in Butzel Long’s Detroit office where he focuses his practice in the areas of education law, employment and labor law, and commercial litigation. Mr. Griffie has provided counsel to school boards on a variety of matters including contract negotiation, fact-finding hearings, – constitutional and civil rights law, governmental immunity, academic freedom, crisis management, academic program change, student discipline, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), institutional organization, board policy and procedures, and many other areas.

Mr. Griffie joins Butzel Long with a decade of experience in school leadership, most recently serving as principal of the highly regarded Hamtramck Academy. As principal, Mr. Griffie managed school operations, maintained responsibility for federal and state compliance, and oversaw a $6.6 million budget.

In November, 2014 Mr. Griffie received the Michigan Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award for his service in education leadership. Mr. Griffie’s community involvement has included serving on the Wayne County Ethics Board (2016) where he was appointed by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

Mr. Griffie is a graduate of Western Michigan Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 2014) and Wayne State University (B.A., English 2005, M.A., Teaching 2007) where he served as captain of the football team (2004).

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