Absent some type of contract assurance, or a statutory prohibition, employment in Michigan is considered “at-will,” meaning that both the employer and employee can terminate the employment relationship any time and with or without a reason.
This seems like a fairly simple concept, but when coupled with rights and obligations under ever-changing labor and employment laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, employment matters become complicated.
I have represented public and private employers my entire career, and have counseled many individuals seeking employment advice. I have drafted numerous employment handbooks and policies, litigated on behalf of employers, negotiated public sector union contracts and provide daily counsel regarding personnel matters. My clients NEVER discharge an employee without first consulting with me about a termination strategy. Employers should treat their employees fairly and with dignity, and neither employees nor employers should make hasty employment-related decisions. Employers also need a system to ensure they are meeting their legal obligations (e.g. FMLA). I have been practicing employment law for nearly three decades. I know I can help you too.