Jonathan P. Kok

Partner | jkok@wnj.com | V-Card | Profile PDF Grand RapidsT +1.616.752.2487F +1.616.222.2487 Jon Kok specializes in labor relations and employment compliance issues, employment arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. He is also Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Jon counsels major employers in all industries in every aspect of employment law, including union negotiations, arbitrations, disability and leave issues, and claims of discrimination, retaliation, unfair pay, harassment, defamation and unfair competition. He prides himself on providing... Read More
Jon Kok specializes in labor relations and employment compliance issues, employment arbitrations and NLRB proceedings. He is also Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. Jon counsels major employers in all industries in every aspect of employment law, including union negotiations, arbitrations, disability and leave issues, and claims of discrimination, retaliation, unfair pay, harassment, defamation and unfair competition. He prides himself on providing clients with prompt, straightforward legal advice, adding: “Responsiveness and clarity are my top priorities. I respond to all of my client inquiries within hours, regardless of where in the world I am at the time.”

Clients say Jon provides a level of service that allows corporate executives and in-house counsel to focus on managing their companies without having to fret over labor issues. “Jon is straightforward, down-to-earth and exceptionally responsive — with a great deal of common sense,” said the CEO of a large, international manufacturer. “He has effectively streamlined our union contracts and helped significantly reduce our employment costs. Jon has also represented our company in several arbitrations and has won them all. He is an excellent business partner who provides sound insight for our long range employee planning.”
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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
  • "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment" and "Recent Changes to the FMLA, ADA," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel Moderator, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, October 2, 2014, Southfield, Michigan
  • "FMLA/ADA and Workers' Comp," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • "The Challenges of FMLA and ADA," Warner Norcross 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," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA/ADA Update" and "An Uptick in Union Organizing?," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "FMLA Update," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, March 23, 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "The Importance of Positive Employee Relations for Non-Union Employers," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, September 11, 2008, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Whistleblower, Retaliation & Protected Concerted Activity," Warner Norcross Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Jon handles things efficiently but without sacrificing any litigation edges. He also has a characteristic that many other attorneys lack: the ability to take on a new matter that is going to a hearing or trial in the near future, and to do so calmly. That means a lot to clients. So does his excellent written work product, which needs no editing and which allows me to focus on the matters on my desk instead of having any concern about the matters that I’ve put on his desk." - Senior Labor and Employment Counsel, Fortune 500 Energy Company

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"Jon is responsive, knowledgeable and he lays out the issues in terms that everyone can understand. He always puts our interests first and he has saved us a tremendous amount of money." - Human Resources executive at a leading provider of inspection, engineering, training and consulting services

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