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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:

April 23, 2014 Montgomery Hampton Inn and Suites
May 15, 2014 Decatur Turner-Surles Community Resource Center
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



Webinar – OSHA Update: Employer Penalties Reach Record Highs
May 21, 2014
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. CDT
Presenters – Mike Green and John Hall

OSHA enforcement has been an increasing priority of the Obama administration. In 2012, nearly 80,000 citations were issued by OSHA, resulting in over $123,000,000 in employer fines for serious violations, more than double the total monetary fines for serious violations issued in 2007. This figure does not include the over $37,000,000 in fines for non-serious OSHA violations, the over $71,000,000 in employer fines issued by state-run OSHA programs, or OSHA’s other aggressive enforcement policies started since 2008, including its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
In a webinar we will discuss these issues and best practices for handling OSHA inspections and citations. Among the topics we will cover:
  • OSHA compliance generally and key definitions.
  • Handling OSHA Inspections.
  • Overview of citations, penalties, and employer defenses.
Our webinar presenters, Mike Green and John Hall, have significant OSHA experience.Mike Green, an attorney with the firm, counsels employers concerning workplace safety, including OSHA standards and best practices, and defends employers against OSHA citations as well as OSHA whistleblower claims.John Hall, the firm OSHA consultant, assists employers in defending OSHA investigations and citations, conducts OSHA mock audits, and provides employers with OSHA compliance programs and training. Prior to joining the firm, John served for ten years as an OSHA Area Director (Birmingham Office).
You may register for this webinar by clicking here for $125 per connection site, with no limitation on the number of participants. For more information, contact Jerri Prosch at 205.323.9271 or email Ms.Prosch at This webinar has been submitted to HRCI for review and approval. 


Winner of Client Choice Award

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


LMV Receives Top Super Lawyers and Chambers Ratings

We are pleased and proud to announce that five of our attorneys were recognized by "Super Lawyers" in their 2013 ratings of labor, employment and benefits attorneys. Richard I. Lehr, David J. Middlebrooks, Albert L. Vreeland, II, Michael L. Thompson and Whitney R. Brown were rated as super lawyers, a rating fewer than 5% of all attorneys receive.

LMV was recognized by The Chambers 2013 Client's Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a tier 1 firm in our field, the seventh consecutive year we have received such recognition. Chambers stated that "the group continues to be highly sought after for its advice on disability discrimination claims and employee benefits" and “also has a strong reputation for labor contract negotiations and union avoidance campaigns.”

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.


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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.

Obama Administration Allows Extension of Non-Compliant Health Insurance Policies, Shifts Focus to Insurers in Latest ACA Policy Change
November 2013
On November 14, President Obama announced that health insurance issuers will have the option to continue offering health insurance policies that do not comply with certain market reforms under the Affordable Care Act ("ACA").

ACA Quick Reference Compliance Checklist
October 2013
LMV’s ACA Quick Reference Compliance Guide summarizes the ACA provisions most important to employers. Many of ACA’s most important provisions have an effective date of January 1, 2014.

Week In Review: Agencies Issue Guidance on ACA Reporting Obligations, Exchange Notices, and Federal Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Marriages
September 2013
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) and IRS released guidance for employers regarding key Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting obligations, treatment of same-sex marriages for federal tax and employee benefits purposes, and employers' exchange notice obligations.

New Federal Guidance Says No Penalty for Employer Failure to Issue Exchange Notices
September 2013
Late yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) released on its website a one-page frequently asked question (FAQ) and DOL's response to address employer concerns about potential penalties for failure to issue exchange notices to employees on October 1, 2013, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implementing regulations.

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