Employment and labor/management relations has become a complex arena governed by numerous state and federal laws and regulations.
University Legal Policies and Resources:
- The Standard Practice Guide is the official university policy manual and is written to ensure careful compliance of the law. Following this guide will minimize legal issues.
- Bargaining agreements also govern university employees who are unionized.
- The University's Office of the General Counsel is responsible for responding on behalf of the University to lawsuits and formal complaints to external agencies or courts (e.g. the Michigan Employment Security Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, Department of Labor, etc.)
The Staff HR Services Office works closely with General Counsel to investigate and respond appropriately to complaints and charges. Questions or concerns about law or regulations related to employment or to complaints filed externally may be directed to the Human Resource Representatives.
National and State Labor Laws:
- The United States Department of Labor's Web site contains a wealth of information about current national employment law.
- The State of Michigan's Department of Labor and Economic Growth explains state laws and issues related to labor.
Frequent Employee Relations and Legal Issues:
- Unemployment Laws (Michigan Employment Security Commission, MESC)