Grand Rapids Employment Law Firm Serving West Michigan

Employment law governs every aspect of the relationship between an employer and its employees, from the hiring process through the termination of the relationship and sometimes beyond. Employment law also deals with businesses' compliance with all Michigan and federal regulations including:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

At Plachta, Murphy & Associates we know that having the right employees in place is essential to the success of your business. We also understand you need to focus your attention on your company and its day-to-day operations. We are here to offer support for your employment law concerns, so that you can concentrate on building your business.

Guidance and Advocacy for Michigan and Federal Employment Law Matters

Federal and state employment law can seem like a tangle of increasingly complex regulations. It's hard to keep up with everything the law requires, but as many businesses learn the hard way, that's no excuse for non-compliance. Plachta, Murphy & Associates believes that in business matters, preparation is the best protection against litigation and sanctions. Our attorneys are up-to-date on Michigan and federal employment law and offer guidance in the preparation of your employment documents and procedures such as:

  • Safety, Nondiscrimination, Family Leave, and Other Policies
  • Employment Handbooks
  • Employment Agreements
  • Employee Evaluations
  • Employee Termination and Severance Packages
  • Restrictive Covenants, including Covenants Not to Compete and Confidentiality Agreements.

Much of employment law revolves around effective communication. We partner with our business clients to make certain they understand their obligations under the law, and help them clearly communicate to employees their rights and responsibilities. Employee handbooks and regular job evaluations are useful tools in this regard, establishing clear expectations and an atmosphere of fairness; we help you put these and other measures into place effectively. We also offer on-site employment law “lunch-and-learn” series for our clients to help them and their human resources team stay abreast of developments in the business and employment law areas.

Above all, we are problem-solvers, helping you troubleshoot existing employment law concerns as they arise and anticipate potential problems so they can be averted. And if, despite best efforts and the most diligent preparation, you find yourself or your company involved in litigation on an employment law matter, Plachta, Murphy & Associates stands ready to protect your interests in court or in arbitration proceedings.

Whether you own or manage a business, or are an employee who wants to make sure your rights are respected, Plachta, Murphy & Associates' Employment Law Team is here to support you. We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.

Employment Law Team: Brian J. Plachta, Miles J. Murphy III, Bryan D. Reeder

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