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Labor & Employment Law News

April 13, 2022

In this issue:



   Employee Termination Form on Computer Screen   

Why You Should Care About Federal Labor Law Even If You Have A Non-Unionized "At-Will" Workforce

Karl W. Butterer

If you are a private employer with a non-unionized workforce of “at-will” employees, you may be surprised to learn that you must still comply with portions of the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). For public employers, see the Public Employer Labor Sidebar.

As discussed below, even innocent mistakes in this area can lead to entanglement with a federal agency and litigation...

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   Arbitration Agreement with Gavel   

Consider Employee Arbitration Agreements to Avoid Pitfalls of the Courtroom

Karl W. Butterer

Despite recent efforts to limit the reach of private arbitration agreements to resolve employment disputes (see Arbitration Sidebar), the use of mandatory arbitration agreements remains an attractive option for employers to avoid the pitfalls of courtroom litigation.

Broadly speaking, when an employee wants to file a legal claim against their employer, the employee has two basic avenues for relief...

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Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification: Process, Requirements & Benefits

April 19, 2022

Business & Tax attorney Amanda Dernovshek presents Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Certification as part of the "Legal Strategies for Women Leaders" webinar series. This session will address the following questions:

  • What is the women-owned small business certification?
  • What agency or organization certifies a business as women-owned?
  • What are the requirements for WOSB and how can Foster Swift assist in the process?
  • How can certification benefit women business owners?

To register for the April 19 session, please use the following Zoom link:







Grand Rapids






St Joseph


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