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Employment Law

Employment Law Handbook
– A Virtual Guide for Michigan Employers

One of the challenges facing today’s employers is keeping up with the legal changes that affect the workplace, especially during an evolving culture of a hybrid work model. Listen to a brief message from Amanda Toy, VP of memberships and partnerships, on what to expect from our Employment Law Handbook. 

The handbook is brimming with all the key and latest employment law information, including evolving workplace rules like COVID-19 accommodation requests, remote work guidelines and considerations given the state’s updated marijuana law and regulations, as well as sample forms and policies.

Compiled by trusted partners, the employment law experts at Miller Canfield scoured the state and federal information and changes that you need to know and the Michigan Chamber helped compile it in one complete, easy-to-use resource.


This year’s electronic format was crafted to make searching for content easier than ever before.

With active hyperlinks, you can simply search the Table of Contents or handbook for what you’re looking for, then click. It will jump right to that section.

The Content You Need

You’ll see helpful, high-level overviews as well as some essential general liability avoidance advice. From there, the handbook has 22 comprehensive chapters and is broken out into three core volumes:

  1. Hiring and Firing: Covering key areas like pre-hire employment practices and proper screening methods for job applicants, various pitfalls to avoid during the hiring process and the reporting requirements for new hires as well as immigration issues, discipline and discharge procedures and unemployment benefit issues — and everything in between.
  2. Compensation and Benefit: Analyzing legal issues like various wage and hour issues, employee benefits laws, health care reform requirements, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the importance and ways of keeping accurate, proper records.
  3. Employer and Employee Protections: Exploring DEI and disability initiatives, employee privacy, searches and monitoring along with social media in the workplace, discrimination and harassment prevention, workers’ disability compensation, along with a variety of safety and health issues — even more relevant in the era of COVID-19.

For questions regarding the Employment Law Handbook contact, Terese Mcinnis at or 517-371-7657.

Employment Law Assistance

Employment laws are complex and ever-changing, putting businesses at risk for huge financial penalties as a result of non-compliance. As a Michigan Chamber member, you can receive free information to protect your business and ensure compliance with current federal and state labor employment laws.

Members can depend on the Employment Law Assistance for access to information such as:

  • New and pending labor and employment laws and decisions which significantly impact your business;
  • Protecting your business against discrimination claims in such areas as sex, sexual harassment, race, handicap, age and others;
  • Dealing with drugs, alcohol and substance abuse testing in the workplace;
  • Maintaining a union-free workplace;
  • Avoid employee lawsuits;
  • Development of employee handbooks and policies;
  • Affirmative action programs;
  • Unions, union activity, collective bargaining and arbitration.

If your inquiry requires follow-up advice and counsel of an attorney, or if there are subsequent calls and/or conferences on the same topic as the initial call, a separate professional fee will be charged based on the attorney’s hourly rate. This legal work will be entirely at your option.

Members can contact the Employment Law Assistance by emailing

Michigan Chamber of Commerce reserves the right at any time to alter rules and charges governing the use of the Employment Law Assistance.