Daily Briefs . . .

 Honigman’s Mahoney elected to SafeHouse Center’s board

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is pleased to announce that Tara E. Mahoney, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment Department, was elected to serve on the board of directors for SafeHouse Center. This nonprofit organization provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault who live or work in Washtenaw County.

Mahoney counsels a wide range of employers on complex employment issues, including workplace harassment and discrimination; employment agreements and non-competition agreements; workplace policies, handbooks and procedures; leave laws, terminations and layoffs. She also litigates these employment matters on behalf of employers and managers in federal and state courts and before federal and state administrative agencies. Mahoney has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Star since 2009. 
Along with her board position with SafeHouse, Mahoney also serves on the board of directors for the Ann Arbor Learning Community Charter School.
She earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan.

SBM Section to host educational session on franchising updates

The Antitrust, Franchising & Trade Regulation Section of the State Bar of Michigan’s Franchise Practitioners Group will host a complimentary, educational session on Friday, Oct. 24, starting at 8:30 a.m., to discuss recent labor and employment developments and their potential impact on franchisors and franchisees.
 The session will feature guest speakers Dean Heyl, vice president for state government relations, public policy and tax for the International Franchise Association (Washington, D.C.) and George Ward, adjunct professor of franchise law at Wayne State University Law School. The guest speakers will also participate in the panel discussion featuring industry experts and franchisees and moderated by Brian Witus, a partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC. Panel topics include vicarious franchisor liability, including the NLRB’s General Counsel’s recent directive that McDonald’s may be considered a “joint employer” with its franchisees, recent court decisions, minimum wage and overtime, and other issues.

 The session is closed to members of the media, but open to franchisors, franchisees, franchise lawyers, labor and employment lawyers, business lawyers, including in-house counsel, HR professionals, law students and law professors.

RSVP to Sue Robinson at 248-351-3000 or srobinson@jaffelaw.com before Oct. 20.