Clark Hill Attorneys David M. Cessante and Stephanie J. Clifford to Present “Wage & Hour Compliance for Michigan Employers: Pay & Compensation Practices”

Feb 3, 2010

DETROIT , MI - Clark Hill attorneys David M. Cessante and Stephanie J. Clifford will present “Wage & Hour Compliance for Michigan Employers: Pay & Compensation Practices”, powered by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The seminar will presented on Wednesday, February 10 th at the Michigan Chamber in Lansing and Thursday, February 11 th at Walsh College in Novi. Attendees will earn one credit toward the Michigan Chamber’s Basic or Advanced Human Resource Compliance Certification Program, six continuing education credits under the guideline of the Michigan State Board of Accountancy and five recertification credit hours toward PHR & SPHR certification through the Human Resource Certification Institute. For registration and more information, please visit http://www.mcs.michamber.com/ .


David Cessante is a member in Clark Hill's Labor & Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining Clark Hill he was an associate with Brady Hathaway Brady & Bretz, P.C.. David represents employers in a variety of labor and employment litigation matters in both state and federal court. David has also represented employers before numerous administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the Illinois Department of Human Rights, the United States and Michigan Departments of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. David has experience with matters involving all types of claims under state and federal employment discrimination statutes, family and medical leave laws and traditional labor disputes. In addition to litigation matters, David counsels employers in day-to-day labor and employment matters. David has lectured on various employment topics, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.


David was recently named in Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers .


Stephanie J. Clifford is a member in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.  Selected in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2008 and 2009 , Stephanie’s practice focuses on employment litigation involving state and federal claims of harassment, retaliation, sex, race, national origin, religious and disability discrimination, sales representative commission claims, as well as ERISA and Family and Medical Leave Act claims.  She has defended employers before both state and federal agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Labor Wage-Hour Division.


Stephanie also advises employers of FMLA compliance issues, wage-hour issues, disability accommodation requirements, employee confidentiality and non-competition issues and other general employment law matters.  She has experience negotiating and drafting employee severance agreements.  Stephanie has helped a number of employers draft and revise employment policies and handbooks. She has also performed investigations of employee harassment complaints, as well as other employee misconduct.


Stephanie has lectured on a variety of employment law topics including: the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, employer recordkeeping and personnel files, sexual harassment and discrimination law, conducting employee background checks, violence in the workplace, and employee privacy issues.