Labor, Employment & Civil Rights

Labor, Employment & Civil Rights Summary

Changing rules that govern employment relationships require constant attention by both employers and employees. Our employment lawyers analyze each client's situation and respond with advice, policies, and actions designed to solve employment-related problems. Our employment lawyers also assist in the navigation of federal, state, and local employment laws, as well as representation in litigation and arbitration and before governmental agencies on all aspects of employment law.

Some of the areas that we provide counsel on include:

  • Civil Service
  • Employer–Employee Relations
  • Personnel Policies and Procedures
  • Employment Contracts
  • Labor Negotiations
  • Disabilities and Reasonable Accommodation
  • Family and Medical Leave
  • Age, Race and Sexual Discrimination
  • Drug and Alcohol Matters
  • Management – Union Relations
  • Grievance Arbitration
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Safety Regulations
  • Civil Rights
  • Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Employee Privacy
  • Harassment
  • Workforce Reduction
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Labor, Employment & Civil Rights Sub Practices

Our employment lawyers provide a wide range of labor law services for companies of all sizes.

Civil Service

Our employment lawyers have mastered the maze of Civil Service Rules and Regulations through a long and unparalleled record of success in covering civil services at various levels of government.

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Employer-Employee Relations

Our attorneys are active in every aspect of the employment relationship, representing both employers and employees in union and non-union settings. We help clients navigate the maze of federal, state, and local employment laws.

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Management-Union Relations

We are accomplished in labor management relations in both private and public sector settings. From labor arbitrations to unfair labor practice issues, our lawyers provide the skill and experience necessary for success.

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Non-Compete Agreements

Our attorneys have advised on and litigated confidentiality and non-compete agreements on behalf of clients around the country. This area of law is ever-evolving and now impacts virtually every business and employee.

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Labor, Employment & Civil Rights Representative Matters

Our attorneys work hand in hand with clients on these highly technical subjects while coming to a practical conclusion that works best for each client's circumstance. Some of our successes include:

  • Michigan Payment of Wage and Fringe Benefits Act:

    Our attorneys are knowledgeable regarding all facets of the Michigan Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act and can help employers avoid inadvertent violations of this statute.
  • Federal Fair Labor Standards Act:

    The Federal Fair Labor Standards Act sets federal minimum wage and overtime payment standards. Although minimum wage disputes are rare, complex overtime pay issues frequently arise. Our attorneys counsel clients about the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and help to avoid potential pitfalls.
  • Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing:

    Employee drug and alcohol testing is generally permitted under the Americans with Disabilities Act and under the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. Our attorneys can help address potential concerns regarding alcohol and drug testing for employees while protecting the company's interests and ensuring that your workplace maintains a high degree of quality.
  • Employee Handbooks:

    Michigan courts led the nation in finding that employers can inadvertently create enforceable contracts or enforceable "legitimate expectations" in employee handbooks and similar documents. Our labor and employment attorneys will help draft and prepare an employee handbook that clearly defines employment policies and spells out whether the employment is "at will" or terminable only for cause.
  • Required State and Federal Law Notices:

    There are numerous state and federal laws related to employment which require employers to post notices regarding employees' rights under those laws. Our attorneys help their clients abide by these notices to avoid the serious consequences related to failing to post them.
  • Successful litigation of a wide variety of employment disputes, including wrongful discharge and civil rights.