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Employer Services

Attorneys in Foster Swift's Employer Services Practice Group thrive on helping private and public sector employers adhere to the myriad of federal and state tax laws, employment laws and regulations.   This broad area of the law is regularly categorized into: Employment and Labor Relations Law, Employment Litigation, Employee Benefits and Workers' Compensation

Employment and Labor Relations

As mentioned above, attorneys in this practice group take a proactive approach in advising you and your business whenever possible. Preventive action and early identification of work-place problems allows us the benefit of working with our clients to develop practical and creative solutions—before problems give rise to expensive and time-consuming litigation. In fact, working with employers to negotiate sound contracts or develop and implement clear and pragmatic employment policies is a significant part of our practice.

Our expertise in the myriad of federal and state laws that regulate the relationship between employer and employee has prompted many employers to enlist our assistance in meeting the challenges presented by such laws as:

  • The National Labor Relations Act and other laws regulating the collective bargaining relationship
  • Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, and other employment discrimination laws
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, and other disability discrimination laws
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act and other leave laws 
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act, Michigan’s Payment of Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, and other wage and hour laws
  • Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Act and other workplace safety laws

Few firms, if any, have our depth of knowledge of the National Labor Relations Act as two of our of attorneys are former attorneys with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 

As an employer, you face new challenges every day. Part of our commitment to you is making ourselves readily available when you need us on the broad range of issues that may call for prompt action including:

  • Recruitment and hiring
  • Collective bargaining and contract interpretation
  • Grievance administration and arbitration
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Individual employment contracts
  • Wage and hour claims, including overtime issues
  • Leaves of absence
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Workplace safety and health
  • Trade secret and non-compete contracts
  • Unfair labor practice charges

Employment Litigation

Over the years, our Labor & Employment Law attorneys have represented employers in discrimination, wrongful discharge, and other employment disputes before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, as well as in arbitration, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution systems.  Click here for more information.

Employee Benefits

Foster Swift's employee benefits practice offers a full range of tax, labor law, and litigation services relating to employee benefit plans. We advise clients that are subject to ERISA, as well as clients such as state and local governments and qualifying church organizations that are exempt from ERISA. We provide advice to employers regarding the corporate governance and fiduciary duty aspects of implementing and administering an employee benefit plan. And, we have expertise in the growing area of international employee benefit planning, including the taxation of employee benefit plans pursuant to tax treaties.

Our work covers all kinds of qualified retirement plans. We also have an extensive practice relating to nonqualified top hat plans, excess benefit plans, Internal Revenue Code Section 409A compliance, funded nonqualified deferred compensation and rabbi trust issues, and the securities law (SEC and blue sky) implications of nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements.  Click here for more information.

Clients will tell you it’s the combination of the following five qualities that set the Employment Labor and Benefits lawyers apart from their peers:

  1. Proactive. Everyone in this practice area has a proactive mindset.  While capable of stepping in at any stage of an issue, the greatest benefit to our clients is when we can engage in preventive planning and implementation. 
  2. Focus.  Each is recognized as a master in several related sub-areas of the larger practice area.
  3. Teamwork.  Excellent work does not happen in a vacuum.  Foster Swift attorneys find that working together with the employer to plan, identify challenges and opportunities and take appropriate action is the optimal approach.
  4. Service.  Our attorneys are accessible and timely.  Furthermore, we are committed to keeping you abreast of changes in the laws and regulations; we do so through complimentary newsletters, e-blasts, seminars and webinars.
  5. Talent. This group is comprised of attorneys highly regarded for their skills and experience in employment, labor and benefits law not just in Michigan but throughout the Midwest.  Each shareholder in the group has been recognized by a peer review organization.  Several have been selected as Best Lawyers, rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and named Michigan Super Lawyers.

The above recipe has resulted in our attorneys providing hundreds of clients from every industry top-quality, effective and cost-effective employment, labor and benefits counsel. 

Foster Swift has been named a Tier 1 firm in Labor Law - Management in Troy by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" in 2016 and 2017.

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