LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW

PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE

Labor and employment law has been an area of emphasis for FCW&S for many years. FCW&S has the capability to represent our clients in every aspect of labor and employment, including litigation, administrative agency charges, collective bargaining, arbitrations, benefits, counseling and advising, and training.

Our attorneys have successfully defended our clients in matters involving every type of labor and employment claim, including claims related to the following:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Title VII and state law discrimination claims (age, race, gender, height, weight, pregnancy, national origin, sexual harrassment, religion, and handicap discrimination)
  • Non-compete litigation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Unfair labor practice charges

We also regularly practice before numerous administrative agencies on various matters, including:

  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Michigan Department of Civil Rights
  • Michigan Employment Relations Commission
  • State and federal Departments of Labor
  • State and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administrations
  • National Labor Relations Board
LOAN ENFORCEMENT, WORKOUTS, AND RESTRUCTURING

In the traditional labor practice, FCW&S attorneys have extensive experience representing public and private sector employers and multi-employer associations in collective bargaining, representational campaigns and elections, unfair labor practice charges, strikes – including injunction proceedings in both state and federal courts designed to end unlawful strikes or picketing, wage and hour matters, and arbitrations.

A significant portion of our practice is devoted to counseling and training employers in human relations and personnel matters, so as to avoid litigation and other adversarial proceedings, thereby managing labor costs. We have counseled employers in the development and implementation of employee handbooks, as well as a variety of personnel policies and procedures – such as disciplinary policies, policies concerning reasonable accommodation of handicapped employees, drug and alcohol testing programs, and Family and Medical Leave policies.

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