Many workers in Michigan may be aware that there are certain pre-requisites that must be satisfied before a class action lawsuit, a strike or a lockout can be called in order to settle work disputes. In the absence of these measures, the consequences of deciding to stop work may not be wise. Therefore, all possible options of employment dispute settlement should be explored before workers decide on other methods.
A recent fact-finding report has observed that litigation stemming from employment disputes has been rising over the last two decades. Michigan employees and employers who have been part of employment litigation know that it is costly. An alternative means of settling employment disputes amicably and swiftly is available.
Most Michigan workers understand that employment-related disputes can severely affect a person's career prospects if the disputes are not handled appropriately and at the right time. This rule holds true for employees in every type of job, but probably the most affected types of employees are sales employees in businesses. They often fall victim to several discrimination practices used by their managers and employers.
As residents of Detroit, Michigan, probably know, every employer is required to offer employees medical benefits through insurance, for instance. While employment law necessitates that employers compensate employees for any on-the-job accidents, medical insurance can also be utilized for good faith payments for certain conditions outside of work, such as disabilities that affect the employee's ability to carry out appointed tasks to the fullest extent.
Senior executives and corporate officers in Michigan and Detroit who face employment disputes are often referred to large corporate firms. The attorneys of these firms may be experienced with employment law, but may not have the proper mindset. They may not be suited to handle employment law disputes that typically involve employment contracts, severance agreements, discrimination or issues related to whistleblowing. Incentive compensation, stock options and other compensation-related matters can often form the basis of employment contracts.
Ever since the City of Detroit filed for bankruptcy and sought restructuring to emerge debt free from financial distress, a number of the city's labor unions have gone through discussions with city authorities about the various implications of this plan on their employment contracts. The city has been able to seal the deal with all major labor unions except for the Detroit Fire Fighters Association, which was recently in court alleging that the city's proposed changes to their pensions violates the union members' collective bargaining rights.
Employees are the core of many businesses in the U.S. Unfortunately, some companies fail to properly compensate the hard work and dedication of their staff, paying extremely low wages and sometimes even withholding the income they rightfully deserve.
Workplace discrimination is a serious matter that can lower employee morale. Under federal employment law, employers are required to hire applicants without regard to their gender, faith, political belief, disability or age. Employees should be treated fairly with the same prohibitions in mind. Some employers apparently have a hard time making sure all of their employees follow the rules.
Unions representing tens of thousands of Michigan state employees are currently negotiating with the state regarding contracts that are set to expire at the end of December. The negotiations have unfortunately stalled due to disagreements on wages and benefits. These negotiations are the first since Michigan implemented a right to work law that critics say dilutes the strength of unions and that the unions claim should not apply to state workers.