Attorneys to Host Seminar Discussing the Proposed Employee Free Choice Act

Dickinson Wright PLLC Attorneys to Host Seminar Discussing the Proposed Employee Free Choice Act

12/4/2008
Attorneys in Dickinson Wright's Labor and Employment practice will speak at a seminar entitled The Proposed Employee Free Choice Act: Implications and Obligations for Employers on Wednesday, December 17, 2008. The seminar will be held at Automation Alley in Troy, Michigan. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., while the program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $25. The proposed Employee Free Choice Act is the most significant amendment to U.S. Labor Laws in more than 70 years. It will require private sector employers to recognize and bargain with a union, without an election, if the union simply shows "proof" of support with signed authorization cards from a majority of the employees. The proposed Act also requires binding arbitration for a first contract with a union, in the absence of a voluntary agreement, and contains significant new penalties for employers and no new penalties for unions. The proposed Employee Free Choice Act is the number one organized labor priority for the new Administration and Congress in 2009. Every employer who is interested in maintaining Union-Free Status should be aware of the substance of this proposed legislation. About the speakers Norman D. Hawkins, who focuses his practice on labor and employment law, is a member in Dickinson Wright's Grand Rapids office. His areas of practice expertise include representing employers in union avoidance, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges. He also defends employers before juries in state and federal courts, and counsels companies on all aspects of employment and labor relations policies and procedures, including discharge issues. Mr. Hawkins holds a B.A. from Spring Arbor College and a J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, both cum laude. He is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics. Sheryl A. Laughren, is a member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit Office. Her areas of practice expertise are labor and employment relations, commercial and business litigation, and alternative dispute resolution. She is experienced in complex labor and employment litigation, collective bargaining, contract administrations and arbitrations, and has represented employers before the National Labor Relations Board and various State Labor Boards. Ms. Laughren serves as a facilitator and mediator in employment disputes, and is a member of the Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections of both the Michigan Bar Association and the American Bar Association. James B. Perry, is a member in Dickinson Wright's Detroit Office. His area of practice is labor and employment relations. Mr. Perry has represented all types of employers in responding to Union organizing drives and maintaining Union-Free Status. He has experience successfully negotiating labor contracts with all major unions and defending employment litigation in federal and state courts for a wide variety of employers. He also has significant experience before employment agencies including the NLRB, the Department of Labor and the EEOC. He is a member of the State Bar Labor Law Section, and has held numerous positions for the Detroit Chapter of the Labor and Employment Relations Association. He frequently speaks on labor and employment law topics and issues. For more information or to register for this seminar, contact Stephanie Johnson at 313-223-3007. Payments also can be made at the door.
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