Nemeth Burwell named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for

Nemeth Burwell named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for

Detroit, Mich.—Oct. 4, 2013—Nemeth Burwell, P.C., a Detroit-based law firm exclusively serving employers in the areas of labor and employment law, announces it has been named one of Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). This is the twelfth time Nemeth Burwell has received the award. All award winners will be honored at an event to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Henry Hotel (300 Town Center Dr., Dearborn).

This year’s winners represent best practices in talent management, employee retention and human resources best practices in a variety of industries. An independent research firm evaluates each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives and strategic company performance.

Patricia Nemeth, the firm’s founding partner, says the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work for award reinforces the firm’s longstanding commitment to its staff.

“We value and support our staff and continue to seek out opportunities that allow them to grow their careers and knowledge base,” said Nemeth. “Because we serve employers on human resource issues, it is especially gratifying to be recognized for our own human resource practices and programs.”

Jennifer Kluge, MBPA President, commended all of this year’s 101 Best winners.

“The selection, recognition and awarding of this year’s 101 companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work. Companies that capitalize on their greatest resource—their employees—know how to attract and retain top talent,” said Kluge.

About the MBPA: The Michigan Business and Professional Association boasts a statewide sphere of influence that no other organization of its kind can claim, leveraging a depth of programs and community initiatives that positively impact more than 150,000 businesses. Visit them online at www.michbusiness.org.

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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Nemeth Burwell announces firm’s Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Founding partner of Nemeth Burwell named 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer and among Michigan’s Top 25 Women Business Super Lawyers. Second Nemeth Burwell partner also listed as Super Lawyer; two other firm attorneys named Michigan Rising Stars

Detroit, Mich. —Sept. 18, 2013 — Attorney Patricia Nemeth, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2013 in the eighth annual survey. Additionally, Ms. Nemeth was named to the Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers and the Michigan Top 50 Women, a listing of women lawyers who ranked top of the list in the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Nemeth Burwell partner Anne Widlak was also named a Michigan Super Lawyer and attorneys Erin Behler and Cliff Hammond were named Michigan Rising Stars. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Patricia Nemeth was recognized in Employment Litigation: Defense and Labor and Employment, and specializes as a litigator, consultant, negotiator and mediator. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits. She is a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Ms. Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Anne Widlak was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor. She has successfully defended cases in state and federal courts involving a comprehensive array of claims, including workplace harassment, discrimination based on age, disability, sex, race, national origin and other protected categories, retaliation, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, wrongful discharge and intentional interference with an at-will employment relationship. Ms. Widlak serves as a panel chairperson for the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in the United States. Ms. Widlak holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law.

Erin Behler, a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, joined Nemeth Burwell in 2009 as an attorney after starting with the firm as a law clerk in 2007. She focuses her practice on management labor and employment law and represents clients in litigation before State and Federal Courts and Administrative Agencies. Behler is a frequent author on articles regarding workplace employment trends. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Michigan State University.

Cliff Hammond, who also received the Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation in 2011, joined Nemeth Burwell in 2007 and exclusively represents employers in labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as labor counsel for the largest union local in Michigan (SEIU, Local 79), where he negotiated union contracts and arbitrated over 300 labor disputes, traversing 28 counties throughout Michigan in the process. His expertise includes Michigan’s Right to Work law, customized union training for employers, issues involving decertification, de-authorization, unit clarification, union organizing, union avoidance, and enforcing the union contract. Mr. Hammond has successfully defended clients before the NLRB, MERC, state and federal courts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, also in Delaware. Prior to beginning his law career, Mr. Hammond served as a history and social studies teacher and coached football and track and field in Detroit.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.
About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell (www.nemethburwell.com) specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Union charges fee to handle grievances; Mackinac Center Legal Foundation responds with lawsuit

First legal challenge in post-Michigan Right to Work era on grievance fees for non-dues paying members

Detroit, Mich. —Aug. 26, 2013— In one of the first challenges to a Union’s response to Michigan’s Right to Work legislation, the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation filed a complaint on Aug. 22 alleging that Teamsters’ Local 214 policy of requiring employees to pay a fee for handling grievances and arbitration, but exempting employees who are members in good standing, is unlawful because it violates the Public Employment Relations Act and the Union’s duty of fair representation obligations.

According to Cliff Hammond, an attorney with Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C. and an expert on Michigan’s Right to Work law, this is the first legal challenge since Right to Work went into effect early this year to the Teamsters’ policy of charging non-dues paying members to handle a “grievance”.

“Under the new amendments made to Michigan’s Public Employment Relations Act, public sector employees cannot be forced, intimidated, threatened, or compelled to become a member of a union or financially support a union, and a person cannot be required to pay dues, fees, or assessments as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment,” said Hammond. “The Complaint alleges that the threat of additional fees is meant to compel public employees to join or remain a union member.”

Hammond noted the Complaint also claims the Union’s policy violates the requirement that the Union represent all employees, not just union members.

“The Complaint alleges that compelling nonmembers to pay a fee to provide vital collective bargaining services, specifically grievance handling, is a violation of the Union’s duty to represent all employees,” said Hammond. “The Complaint also claims the policy discriminates against nonunion members by refusing to process a grievance without assessing the merits of the grievance, in violation of the union’s duty of fair representation.

Hammond said it will be interesting to see how the Court responds.

“The use of fees for representation of non-members is not new nationally, but Michigan’s specific law and this particular policy are what are being challenged,” said Hammond. “It will be interesting to see how the Court handles this case, if it all, as it may be under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Michigan Employment Relations Commission for public employees and the National Labor Relations Board for private sector employees.”

About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.

Nemeth Burwell specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest women-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

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