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Attorneys set to discuss Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law

Michigan’s recently enacted “right-to-work” laws will make it unlawful to require an employee to become a union member or to pay dues or fees as a condition of employment.  However, what does this mean for employers moving forward?

Three Butzel Long attorneys will be featured during Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law Briefing presented in partnership with Automation Alley from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Automation Alley located at 2675 Bellingham Drive in Troy. The registration fee is $25 and includes continental breakfast. 

Featured presenters include attorneys from Butzel Long’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group.  Panelists include Robert A. Boonin and Craig S. Schwartz.  The moderator will be Gary W. Klotz.

This briefing will review these new laws and how they may impact unions, non-union employers, and collective bargaining strategies.  Discussion also will include potential union requests to extend current contracts before the law becomes effective, administration of dues check-offs, and potential legal challenges.

“While the concept of ‘Right-to-Work’ may sound quite simple, the legal obligations of employers (particularly unionized employers) under the new Michigan statutes, may in fact be quite complex,” said Schwartz, labor and employment law attorney, Butzel Long.  “A familiarity with the legal parameters of the RTW statutes is critical to avoid significant legal claims by both employees and labor unions.”

Schwartz is based in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office.  He practices in the areas of labor relations and employment-related litigation.  Schwartz has experience in collective bargaining for employers in many industries, labor arbitration and union representation proceedings, and has represented employers in over one hundred fifty labor arbitrations.

Klotz, based in the firm’s Detroit office, has represented employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 30 years.  He has successfully defended employers in state and federal courts, as well as before state and federal administrative agencies.  He also has experience representing employers in labor arbitration cases, collective bargaining negotiations, and preventive employee relations counseling.

Boonin is based in Butzel Long’s Ann Arbor office.  His practice is largely concentrated in the areas of labor, employment discrimination, public contract and education law.

Seating is limited for the program and registration is required.  To register, visit www.butzel.com/events/.  For inquiries, call Jonathan Spencer at 313-983-6995.



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Join the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan for “Lunch and Learn: Panel Discussion on Career Diversity for Women in the Profession” at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 651 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit. This event is on Jan. 30 and runs from 1 - 2:30 p.m. and is free for WLAM-Wayne members and students, and $5 for non-members. RSVP by Jan. 28 to Deanne L. Bonner at dlb@bonnerdisalvo.com.

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