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Winning Through Documentation Workshop


"Winning Through HR Documentation"
A Workshop Hosted by the ETC

ETC's "Winning Through HR Documentation Workshop" was held on January 22, 2015 at TBA Credit Union in Traverse City. This workshop was presented to help businesses avoid expensive HR situations. The workshop featured Steve Palazzolo with Warner, Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids, and Ron Smith with Bill Marsh Auto Group of Traverse City.



Employment law attorney Steve Palazzolo with Warner, Norcross & Judd in Grand Rapids was
one of the speakers at the Winning Through Documentation Workshop. Watch the video to hear what
Palazzolo has to say about HR documentation legalities.


Ron Smith, the Director of HR for the Bill Marsh Auto Group in Traverse City, was one of the
speakers at the ETC's "Winning Through HR Documentation Workshop." Watch the video to
hear what Smith has to say about the importance of HR record keeping.

>>>>> Resources:

Steve Palazzolo's presentation "Winning Through Documentation"  (pdf)

Ron Smith's presentation notes "Best HR Documentation Practices"  (pdf)



Our Presenters:


Steve Palazzolo, J.D., Warner Norcross & Judd, Grand Rapids, MI
Steve is an employment law attorney specializing in HR issues. He will speak to “Documentation Legalities.”





Ron Smith, PHR, Director of Human Resources, Bill Marsh Auto Group, Traverse City, MI
Ron is an experienced HR professional. He will present “Best HR Documentation Practices.”








What People Said About the Workshop and the ETC



“The purpose of this HR documentation workshop, and the ETC, is to assist our local businesses by providing valuable information that is needed to overcome potential challenges or barriers to success. The 'Winning Through Documentation Workshop" is sure to help improve HR strategy."

--Jessie Mitchell, Business Liaison, Northwest Michigan Works! 
and ETC committee chairperson


"The 'Winning Through Documentation Workshop' is essential on so many levels. It’s extremely important to keep current with the most up-to-date information and legalities on this subject. Whether a new business owner, a small business owner, or an existing company who’s HR director, manager, supervisor, or owner needs a refresher, it’s well worth the investment. We’re hoping that this seminar not only helps to protect businesses, but assists with in-house policies and practices.”

--Michelle Socha, Business Liaison, Northwest Michigan Works! 
and ETC committee member


“Employee documentation and encouraging managers to document properly is a constant battle for Human Resource departments. This workshop, and others like it, are great, cost-effective opportunities for business people to learn about the importance of documentation and the tools necessary to stay in compliance.”

--Jennifer Ewing, Director of HR and EH&S at AlcoTec Wire Corporation
and ETC committee member





The Employer Training Council, a nonprofit council made up of public and private industry, is committed to identifying key workforce issues and offering solutions to community businesses through training and workshops. Members and sponsors include Grand Traverse Container, Alcotec Wire Corporation, TBA Credit Union, The Plascon Group, Northwest Michigan WORKS!, Benzie County Chamber of Commerce, and Networks Northwest.

The Mission: ETC workshops are presented to help your business do business profitably. 




Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.

Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission