Butzel Long attorney Gary Klotz to discuss Michigan’s new Right-to-Work Law during American Society of Employers program on January 22, 2013 in Bay City

Monday, January 7, 2013


DETROIT, Mich. – Butzel Long attorney and shareholder Gary W. Klotz will be the featured speaker during a Hot Button Briefing program presented by the American Society of Employers Mid-Michigan Region on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Bay City. Mr. Klotz will discuss Michigan’s New Right-to-Work Law: What Employers and Human Resources Need to Know.

On December 12, 2012 right-to-work was signed into law in Michigan, making it the 24th state to not require workers to join a union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. During the program, Mr. Klotz will discuss how employers and Human Resources professionals can comply with this controversial new law administratively including how it will be implemented for employees under current union contracts, and in their communications with their unionized employees.

The program also will address the potential indirect effects of the law on non-unionized employers. “Non-unionized employers may assume that the right-to-work law is completely irrelevant to them because they have no union contracts with union security clauses,” said Mr. Klotz. “But for non-unionized employers, the right-to-work law may actually have the unintended consequence of making it easier for unions to organize non-unionized employees. Non-unionized employers need to understand the right-to-work law and how it may affect their employees’ receptiveness to union organizing in the future.”

Mr. Klotz has represented employers in labor and employment law matters for more than 30 years. He is the author of numerous articles about labor and employment law, and he regularly speaks at management education programs about labor and employment law issues. Mr. Klotz is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

About Butzel Long

Established in 1854, Butzel Long is a leading law firm with offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan, New York City, and Washington, D.C., as well as Alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. The firm is also a member of the Washington D.C. law firm, Butzel Long Tighe Patton. Butzel Long represents clients from diverse industries on regional, national, and multi-national levels and is a member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Visit the Butzel Long website at www.butzel.com.

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