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Labor & Employment Law News

May 2, 2023

In this issue:



   Reasonable Accommodation Handbook   

An Employer’s Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act

Mark T. Koerner

President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. The ADA is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination in employment based upon disability and guarantees access to public accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

Hundreds of ADA lawsuits are filed each year asserting violations of the ADA. As a result, it is imperative for employers to understand the ADA requires...

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   Discrimination in Dictionary   

Michigan Senate Passes Significant Amendments to Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act

Anthony M. Dalimonte

On March 16, 2023, Governor Whitmer signed into law a series of amendments to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which would add “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” to the law’s list of prohibited discriminatory practices...

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   Women Working at Home   

The Growing Trend of a Remote Workforce

Clifford L. Hammond

In a June 2022 study by, 8 in 10 employees are working hybrid or entirely remote, while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site. 

In an interview with the Michigan Business Network, labor & employment law attorney Cliff Hammond answers questions for employers related to the growing trend of a remote workforce...



   Gavel on Keyboard   

Using Low-Cost DIY Legal Resources: Risks Far Outweigh Benefits

Nicholas M. Oertel

It is estimated that the DIY (do-it-yourself) legal services market in the U.S. generated more than $11 billion in revenue during 2021. Among the most well-known brands now operating in the DIY legal services segment are LegalZoom, LegalShield, etc.

All these companies offer DIY legal services, including thousands of blank court forms, contract templates and other documents, which can enable non-lawyers to undertake a vast range of legal and business activities.

Despite the powerful value proposition of a low-cost option for meeting the legal needs of a business or an individual, there are several very good reasons not to rely on low-cost DIY legal services...

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Name Image Likness (NIL) Legal Services Team

Foster Swift’s NIL (Name Image Likeness) Law Group was established to counsel student-athletes, businesses/organizations and other interested parties in creating high-value NIL initiatives and contractual arrangements which are fully compliant with NCAA rules, state laws and university regulations.

Since June 2021, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in NCAA vs. Alston enabled college and high school athletes to earn unlimited income through NIL licensing, more than 420,000 student athletes have received an estimated $1 billion in compensation, while maintaining their amateur status and eligibility...




Drunk Driving & Criminal Defense: We Can Assist You

Drunk Driver Pulled OverPeople from all walks of life are accused of drunk driving and other criminal offenses every day. Often, this will be the first time that the accused has had any interaction with the criminal justice system, which can be frightening to say the least. Fortunately, Foster Swift trial attorney Alexander S. Rusek is available to assist you or your loved one through the often intimidating and complex process of defending against misdemeanor or felony criminal charges in Michigan and federal courts.

Having represented hundreds of clients charged with drunk driving offenses in Michigan such as Operating While Intoxicated (“OWI”), High BAC OWI (also known as “Super Drunk”), and other related charges, Rusek approaches each new case with the compassion and individual attention that it deserves. This kind of attentiveness is required when our clients are facing serious consequences, such as jail or prison sentences, fines, loss of driving privileges, immigration action, and other repercussions. Rusek takes pride in explaining the often-complex procedural and legal issues in a case and answering any questions that you may have on the matter.

However, successfully navigating a drunk driving case requires more than just knowledge of the law and courtroom acumen. While Rusek evaluates all legal and factual defenses in your drunk driving case, he also makes sure that you are participating in the right classes, such as alcohol education courses, and other opportunities, such as counseling and substance abuse treatment (inpatient and outpatient). He will work with you to present the best case possible to the prosecution and court.

Beyond drunk driving offenses, Rusek has also represented clients charged with homicide and other violent offenses including domestic violence, weapon offenses, narcotic offenses, white collar offenses, property damage offenses, and most other misdemeanor and felony offenses.

If you or a loved one are or may soon be facing drunk driving or other criminal charges, contact Foster Swift today to learn more about your options.

Alexander S. Rusek is a Senior Attorney with Foster Swift. Based in its Lansing office, Alex represents clients across the state accused of drunk driving and other criminal offenses. Contact him today by email at or by phone at (517) 371-8153.







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