Employment Counseling


Dykema’s employment attorneys combine decades of experience, careful research and creative thinking with their understanding of your business to tailor solutions to the unique labor and employment challenges faced by your organization. Our attorneys understand that avoiding disputes through compliance, training and prevention, is often preferable to needless and expensive litigation or arbitration.

We offer comprehensive guidance on employment issues including:

  • Employment contracts
  • Employment manuals, forms, and policies
  • Hiring and recruitment
  • Performance management
  • Family and Medical Leave Act administration
  • Americans With Disabilities Act accommodation
  • OSHA and MIOSHA investigations 
  • Affirmative Action Plans
  • Plant closures, reductions in force, reorganizations and downsizings
  • Sexual harassment investigations
  • Wage and hours issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Pensions and employee benefits
  • Executive employment agreements 

In addition to one on one counseling, Dykema offers seminars and training programs for clients facing particular workplace challenges, and issues timely electronic alerts when developments in the law occur that have practical implications for your business. Clients note that Dykema "provides excellent support for sensitive decisions." (Best Law Firms 2018)

Experience Matters

  • Assisted large charitable organization in implementing reduction in force necessitated by decline in contributions, including counseling regarding WARN and COBRA implications of layoff and potential alternatives to reduction in force.
  • Investigated allegations of sexual harassment by Chief Executive Officer of privately held corporation on behalf of the Board of Directors and made recommendations regarding necessary corrective action and policy changes within the organization.
  • Counseled utility client through merger involving two workforces represented by two separate unions with two very different collective bargaining agreements.  Dykema was able to negotiate one labor agreement to cover the employees represented by the different unions with identical benefits, pension, seniority, and wage structure without a work stoppage or interruption.
  • Counseled large nonprofit organization through investigation of harassment and discrimination claims, as well as termination of accused with release of all claims. 

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