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Robert A. Dubault

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Biography

Rob Dubault counsels and represents public and private sector employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters, including employment discrimination, workplace harassment, ADA/FMLA, collective bargaining, labor arbitration, NLRB and MERC proceedings, and wage/hour compliance. Rob is a member of the Labor and Employment and Financial Services Groups.

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington J.D. 1995 magna cum laude
  • Western Michigan University M.B.A. 1990
  • Central Michigan University B.S.B.A. 1985 summa cum laude

Admitted

  • 1995, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Muskegon County Bar Association

Experience

  • Assist public and private sector employers in resolving a wide variety of employment-related issues, such as hiring, discipline, termination, leaves of absence, and in complying with all major federal and state employment and labor laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, ADEA, and NLRA. Represent employers before administrative agencies such as EEOC, USDOL, MDCR, NLRB and MERC
  • Draft and review employee handbooks, employment policies and procedures, employment agreements, noncompete and confidentiality agreements, separation agreements and sales representative agreements
  • Represented international printing and packing company in large-scale restructuring at multiple facilities, including WARN Act compliance and effects bargaining with union
  • Represented automotive supplier in collective bargaining negotiations and subsequent strike, including hiring of permanent replacement workers, implementation of employer's final offer, obtaining dismissal of multiple unfair labor practice charges and decertifying union
  • Successfully represented large agricultural employer in obtaining dismissal of multiple EECO charges alleging sexual harassment, national origin discrimination and retaliation against numerous employees
  • Successfully negotiated multi-year collective bargaining agreement for public employer which resulted in increased employee contributions for benefits, no general wage increase and favorable revisions to wage progression schedule
  • Represented large building trades contractor in USDOL investigation into alleged overtime pay violations and substantially minimizing liability through interstate commerce exemption to overtime rules
  • Assisted hardwood flooring manufacturer with collective bargaining negotiations and resulting strike, which included hiring of permanent replacement workers and which ended when union unconditionally accepted proposal that was less favorable than the employer offer that was rejected at initiation of strike. Successfully represented employer in obtaining withdrawal or denial of numerous grievances resulting from strike and reinstatement of strikers
  • Coordinator and moderator of quarterly roundtable group involving human resources managers and representatives of regional and community banks and other financial institutions
  • Frequent speaker at employment seminars for accountants and human resources personnel

Honors & Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2019 Grand Rapids Labor Law Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America, Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, 2010-Present

Publications

  • "FSLA enforcement swings in employees' favor," quoted in MiBiz, 2/10/2011

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Employers Association of West Michigan
    Secretary, Board of Directors (2010-Present)

Community Affiliations

  • West Michigan Symphony
    Member, Board of Directors (1999-04); Secretary (July 2002-June 04)

Speaking Engagements

  • Frequent seminar speaker on workplace harassment, compliance with disability and other antidiscrimination laws, health and safety law compliance, the Family Medical Leave Act, wage/hour compliance, employee discipline and discharge decisions and other employment law issues
  • "Labor and Employment Panel," Warner 2019 HR Executive Panels, September 13, 2019, Traverse City, Michigan, and October 16, 2019, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Legislative and Case Law Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 7, 2019, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Labor and Employment Update," Warner 2018 HR Executive Panels, September 20, 2018, Traverse City, Michigan, September 21, 2018, Marquette, Michigan, and October 12, 2018, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Labor & Employment Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 3, 2018, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Myth or Truth: Labor & Employment Panel," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panels, October 26, 2017, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and November 17, 2017, Traverse City, Michigan
  • "Labor Legislative Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 23, 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Managing an Evolving Workforce," "Attracting and Retaining Millennials" and "Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues," Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, October 18, 2016, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and October 21, 2016, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Seminar, September 30, 2015, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment" and "Update don NLRB Decisions," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 20, 2015, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, Southfield, October 2, 2014, and October 23, 2014, Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • "Employment Legislative Updates," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, October 15, 2013, Birmingham, Michigan
  • "Legislative Update," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "This Just In: The Latest in Labor & Employment Law," Employment Outlook & Strategy Seminar, October 2, 2012, Birmingham, Michigan
  • "This Just In:  The Latest in Labor and Employment Law," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Labor & Employment General Session and Legal Update" and "Washington, Lansing and the HR Professional," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 25, 2011, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Leaders and the Law," Employers Association of West Michigan, January 24, 2011, and May 23, 2011
  • "Handbooks," Employers Association of West Michigan, January 25, 2011
  • "Wage and Hour Issues Under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act," November 5, 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Click here for a PDF of the presentation 
  • "Labor & Employment Law General Session," Warner Human Resources Seminar, March 23, 2010, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Recent Labor and Employment Law Developments" and "Top Ten Things Employers Should Know About Union Organizing," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 10, 2007, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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