Jonathan P. Kok

Partner | jkok@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2487F +1.616.222.2487 Jonathan Kok specializes in labor relations and employment compliance issues, employment arbitration and NLRB proceedings. Jon represents major employers in all industries in union negotiations and labor relations. He also specializes in employment litigation, including discrimination, retaliation, payment of wage and hour, harassment, defamation and unfair competition claims. Jon is chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Group.
Jonathan Kok specializes in labor relations and employment compliance issues, employment arbitration and NLRB proceedings. Jon represents major employers in all industries in union negotiations and labor relations. He also specializes in employment litigation, including discrimination, retaliation, payment of wage and hour, harassment, defamation and unfair competition claims. Jon is chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Group.
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Experience

  • Represents major employers in all industries in collective bargaining negotiations and labor relations
  • Represents employers in EEOC and state agency proceedings
  • Assists in employment compliance issues with ADA, FMLA, NLRA, FCRA, FLSA, WARN and other federal and state labor and employment laws
  • Represents employers in litigation, including discrimination, retaliation, payment of wage and hours, harassment, defamation and unfair competition claims
  • Represented Michigan health care facility in successful appeal of supervisory determination under the National Labor Relations Act
  • Successfully represented several hospitals and health care institutions in collective bargaining negotiations
  • Represented large Michigan hospital in successful union decertification election

Industries

Practices

Education

  • Calvin College B.A.
  • University of Michigan J.D. cum laude

Admitted

  • Michigan

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2015
  • Named as a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2008-2014
  • Columnist for the Society for Human Resource Management newsletter
  • Contributing author, Michigan Law of Damages (ICLE 2002)
  • Associate Editor, Michigan Law Review

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

  • University Club of Grand Rapids
    Board of Directors

Community Affiliations

  • Leadership Grand Rapids
    Class of 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • Regular speaker at seminars and civic functions on various employment-related issues, including ADA/FMLA, labor relations, harassment and discrimination, non-competition law and wage and hour issues
  • Labor and Employment Panel Moderator, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, October 2, 2014, Southfield, Michigan
  • "FMLA/ADA and Workers' Comp," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” WNJ Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • "The Challenges of FMLA and ADA," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "An Aging Workforce: Navigating the Perfect Storm," Employment Outlook & Strategy Seminar, October 2, 2012, Birmingham, Michigan
  • "An Aging Workforce:  Navigating the Perfect Storm," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA/ADA Update" and "An Uptick in Union Organizing?," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, May 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA Update," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, March 23, 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "The Importance of Positive Employee Relations for Non-Union Employers," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, September 11, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Whistleblower, Retaliation & Protected Concerted Activity," WNJ Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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