Labor and Employment Law


Labor and employment law encompasses a broad area of law governing the rights and duties between employers and employees. Smith Haughey guides clients through the numerous laws applicable to the workplace today, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and anti-discrimination laws, among others.

Our attorneys play a role on both the labor and management side of labor relations disputes giving businesses a dynamic approach to success in the workplace. When addressing union certification issues, negotiating a collective bargaining agreement, contemplating hiring or firing an employee, investigating allegations of harassment, or evaluating your employee handbook, our aim is to partner with you to make good business decisions. As experienced employment law counselors, we can quickly assess the dynamics of each client’s business and create tailored employment practices that focus first on prevention and problem solving. It’s been the experience of our labor and employment attorneys that with even the best planning, employment-related claims can arise. When they do, we work with employers and human resource professionals to develop the most advantageous response.

Our attorneys have represented large and small, private and public, for profit and not-for-profit organizations, and employees in all types of employment matters. We have extensive experience in a broad array of industries, including health care, manufacturing, government, construction, and small business sectors.

  • American Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Acquiring/terminating employees
  • Arbitration
  • Collective bargaining
  • Employee handbooks
  • Employment practices liability insurance (EPLI)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Harassment
  • Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA)
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Union certification issues