Michigan Grievances laws & HR compliance analysis

Michigan Grievances: What you need to know

Grievances are usually thought of as the way for recognized unions and employers to settle their disagreements. Virtually all collective bargaining agreements have some type of grievance procedure language. However, these types of agreements are not for the exclusive use of unions. Many states provide for the settling of disagreements between employers and nonunion employees through grievance procedures. Also, many states distinguish between public and private employees and provide a different method of settling grievances for each.
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For private employers, many states allow the written language of the grievance procedure agreement to be controlling, similar to a contract. If, however, a private employer's grievance procedure is contrary to state statues governing arbitrations, the statute controls. If the grievance procedure agreement is silent on an issue, the law controlling that issue will apply. For public employers, the grievance procedure is set out by statute and is strictly followed.
As an effective way to control legal costs and to stem the proliferation of employee lawsuits, many employers have taken an interest in the various methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Among the more common forms of ADR are mediation and arbitration. Many states, including Michigan, have arbitration and/or mediation statutes.
It is the public policy of Michigan that the prevention or prompt settlement of labor disputes is in the best interest of its citizens. Therefore,before a strike or lockout, the party that is considering the work stoppage must provide notice of the impending strike or lockout to the opposing party and the state Employment Relations Commission, along with a ...

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Michigan Grievances Resources

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