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LMV’S 2014 Employee Relations Summit

November 18, 2014
7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rosewood Hall, SoHo Square, Birmingham, AL
Registration Cut-off is November 13, 2014

LMV is pleased to invite our clients and friends to our complimentary Employee Relations Summit on November 18th. During this full-day seminar, we will give our outlook for 2015, assess the current status of labor and employment law challenges, and share what we think are the emerging best practices for model employers. Mitchell Smith, United Auto Workers’ lead organizer at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, will speak at LMV’s Summit about the UAW’s organizing efforts at VW, throughout the auto industry in the South, and the Union’s overall “Southern Strategy.” Joining Mr. Smith will be Jürgen Stumpf, Chairman of the Works Council at the Volkswagen AG Kassel plant. VW assigned Mr. Stumpf to the Chattanooga plant during the UAW campaign to provide information about German works council practices.

Hotel accommodations are available at Aloft Birmingham SoHo Square, 1903 29th Avenue South, Homewood, Alabama 35209. You may make reservations by calling toll free 1-800-822-1111 and ask for the discounted “Lehr Middlebrooks Group” rate. Or, you may book directly at requests after Monday, November 3, 2014, will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates.

Click here to register, or call Ms. Marilyn Cagle in our office at (205) 323-9263. Click here to review the Agenda.



Effective Supervisor® 2014 Series

We know that everyone is looking for ways to cut costs right now - in every industry and at every level. However, in our opinion, these economic times are exactly the wrong time to cut the budget for legal compliance training. What we have learned from past economic fluctuations is that charges of discrimination and lawsuits climb when the economy falls. Not only may untrained supervisors fail to recognize treacherous situations, but failure to train supervisors in employment law may cut off legal defenses or create additional causes of action against a Company or its top management. In short, combine investing less in training your supervisors with a climate where workers who are terminated cannot readily find another job, and you have the perfect formula for a spike in employment litigation. What can prevent your business from experiencing such a spike? Supervisors your employees and even former employees trust and respect. Supervisors who communicate expectations clearly, treat employees consistently based on performance, and who respond to employee concerns. Supervisors with the knowledge to recognize a situation that may trigger a legal claim, and the education and confidence to respond to such thorny situations.

Our Effective Supervisor program offers you a proven, cost-effective approach to this essential training. Although we update and refine the material every year, this will be the seventeenth consecutive year we have offered this course. Over the years, over 6,000 managers and supervisors have participated in this program which focuses on enhancing the knowledge and confidence of supervisors and managers in handling employee issues and employer compliance responsibilities. We teach from the perspective of the employer's rights; our goal is that supervisors leave empowered about their jobs, not scared of the laws. Our evaluations over the years tell us our approach is working.

This program has been approved for 6.0 hours of (General) recertification credit toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

The seminars take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our 2014 schedule is as follows:

September 25, 2014 Birmingham Rosewood Hall, SoHo Square
October 21, 2014 Auburn The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center
October 23, 2014 Huntsville U.S. Space and Rocket Center

Click here for agenda.

$150 Each for 1-2 Attendees
$135 Each for 3-9 Attendees
$110 Each for 10 or more Attendees

Click here, call Jerri Prosch at 205.323.9271 or e-mail Ms. Prosch at




Richard Lehr, along with the firm, were recently recognized as the exclusive winner in the Employment category for Alabama in the Client Choice Guide – USA & Canada 2014. Client Choice recognizes those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client care they provide and the quality of their service. The criteria for this recognition focus on an ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market. Uniquely, law firms and partners can only be nominated by corporate counsel. A sincere thank you to our clients for your support and trust in our work here at Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland.

We are honored to announce that five LMV attorneys were recently recognized by Alabama Super Lawyers, an independent lawyers rating publication. Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks, Al Vreeland and Mike Thompson were listed in Alabama Super Lawyers for 2014; Whitney Brown was recognized as a Rising Star. In addition, David Middlebrooks was once again recognized on the list of the Top Ten Alabama Super Lawyers; Richard Lehr and Al Vreeland were both included again among the Top 50 attorneys.

Once again, Richard Lehr, David Middlebrooks and Al Vreeland have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© for Labor and Employment Law in 2015.

LMV was recognized by The Chambers 2014 Client’s Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a Tier 1 firm in our field, the eighth consecutive year we have received such recognition. Chambers quoted sources describing the firm as “excellent” and “prompt in dealing with any issue.” Clients referred to LMV attorneys as “our business partners” “who anticipate problems before some lawyers see them,” and vowed to bring the firm “into any significant labor dispute.”

Conscientious that ratings such as these are a reflection of our friends’ and clients’ confidence in us, we thank you. We know we are “terminable at will,” and we work daily to exceed your expectations.

Call 205.326.3002



President Obama’s "Recess" NLRB Appointments Are Unconstitutional
June 2014
On January 4, 2012, President Obama appointed three new members to the NLRB, Sharon Block (D), Richard Griffin (D), and Terence Flynn (R), without the advice and consent of the Senate. The appointments were harshly criticized, including by Senate Republicans.

New COBRA Notices
May 2014
The Department of Labor (DOL) just issued new model COBRA notices to include information regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, including information regarding the individual's right to obtain coverage through the Marketplace and information regarding coverage and cost differences between the Marketplace and COBRA coverage.

Northwestern Football Players Win Round 1 in Effort to Unionize
April 2014
In a sadly predictable decision coming out of Region 13 of the NLRB, Regional Director Peter S. Ohr found that Northwestern University football players receiving scholarships are "employees" within the meaning of the NLRA and may vote on whether to join a union.

UAW "No Go" A Blow
March 2014
Volkswagen (VW) employees broke the heart of the UAW on Valentine's Day, rejecting UAW representation by a vote of 712 to 626.

Obama Administration Delays Employer Mandate for Small Employers
February 2014
On February 10, 2014, the federal government announced another delay in the "play or pay" employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), which was originally scheduled to take effect January 1, 2014.

NLRB Announces Re-Issued Amendments to Election Rules Governing Representation Case Procedures
February 2014
As predicted in the LMV January 2014 Employment Bulletin, the NLRB wasted little time re-issuing its proposed rule changes to Board election procedures

NLRB's Decision Not to Appeal Effectively Voids Notice Posting Rule
January 2014
Earlier this week, the NLRB issued a public statement that it will not seek Supreme Court review of two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB's Notice Posting Rule, which would have required employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act.

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