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Robert Boonin Profiled in Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Dykema Attorney Shares Perspectives on Variety of Labor and Employment Litigation Topics, Including Collective Bargaining Agreements, Wage and Hour Collective Actions, and Recent Trends at the NLRB and Department of Labor

February 4, 2014

Robert A. Boonin, Detroit-based member in Dykema’s Labor & Employment practice, is profiled in the February 2014 issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a monthly publication distributed to more than 30,000 top-tier executives (chief legal officers, general counsel) in the law departments of major U.S. companies.

In the article, Boonin discusses the three primary realms of his employment law practice:  traditional labor-management relations, wage and hour issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and various other employment law matters including discrimination and wrongful termination litigation, and general compliance with various state and federal laws relating to employees.

Boonin, who has negotiated over 100 collective bargaining agreements, identifies the qualities that lead to successful outcomes (one key factor: the ability to listen; another, knowing there may always be “another and better way to solve the problem, and to present it if it will help close the deal”).

Boonin also identifies two areas to which employers should pay particularly close attention: current actions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which is working to broaden the scope of National Labor Relations Act to limit the rights employers may otherwise have with respect to their non-unionized employees and to implement policies regarding the use of email and social media; and intensified enforcement initiatives at the Department of Labor that encourage employees to make claims and sue employers, and also to make settling claims with employees more difficult.

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