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Traverse City Michigan Chapter

Traverse City, MI

Next Chapter Meeting

Title/topic: Communicating Employee Expectations
Speaker: Michele Lurvey, Practice Manager - Traverse Dental Associates
Date: 11/15/2017
Time: 07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Location: NMC University Center Room 216
(Dendrinos Drive) off of Cass Rd. just north of South Airport Road.


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Chapter News

09/22/2017 - HR Law Update from Laura Dinon, Esq.
HR Law Update Laura Dinon, an attorney with Plunkett Cooney in Petoskey, Michigan joined us for this month’s meeting to share HR Law updates. Laura has been seeing a lot of cases that cite the American’s With Disabilities Act, including a person who was not hired for a job and contended it was because she was obese. Obesity is not a classification under the ADA. More and more cases are involving mental health issues, example: An employer fired an employee for erratic and disrespectful behavior a few months after a return from medical leave following similar behavior did no discriminate on basis of disability because the employee did not advise the employer she was bi-polar and needed an accommodation or was otherwise disabled. An employee who could not attend work regularly was not qualified or capable of performing the essential functions of her job with or without reasonable accommodation under ADA. Make sure you put regular attendance in your job descriptions as an essential function of the job! Some pending Federal laws to be aware of: Healthy Families Act: To allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. Schedules that Work Act: To permit employees to request changes to their work schedules without fear of retaliation and to require employers to consider these requests. Time Off to Vote Act: Would provide employees with 2 hours of paid leave to vote in Federal Elections. Family Leave for Parental Involvement in Education to amend the FMLA: This would allow employees to take additional leave to attend children or grandchildren’s educational and extracurricular activities. Great information from Laura Dinon!

08/22/2017 - Unknown Risks Associated with New Technology
Presented by Margaret Curtin, from MPIE (Michigan Physicians Insurance Exchange). New Ideas + New Technology = New Risks. Digital innovations such as telemedicine/virtual visits are becoming increasingly popular. “Wearables” in the form of Apple watches and Fitbit are assisting heart patients with the ability to perform an EKG simply by placing their thumbs on the screen. The EKG readings can then be sent to their provider without the patient having to go in to the office. Severe diabetics with biosensing tattoos no longer need to perform a needle stick to check their insulin levels. 3-D printing can replicate such things as ears, fingers, hearts, making it easier for patients to receive the organs they need and not have to wait on a transplant list. Nanotechnology using gold micro robots to fight disease in living cells. All of these amazing developments for the treatment of patients pose new risks for the physicians .


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