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Steven A. Palazzolo

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Biography

Steve Palazzolo counsels clients on employee issues, policy development, NLRB, ADA, FMLA, FLSA and international labor relations. His services extend to acquisitions, immigration, employee benefits, campaign finance, employment litigation and civil rights. Steve represents numerous organizations in the automotive supply industry, agriculture, finance, food processing, hospitality, manufacturing, marketing and service industries, ranging from start-ups to large Fortune 500 clients. He advises clients in the Midwest, United States, Asia, Europe and South and Central America. Steve is a frequent speaker for industry organizations, including the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, the Society for Human Resource Management and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Steve brings valuable expertise to his practice through his unique work history. Prior to law school, he was a shop floor supervisor in both union and non-union food processing plants. He spent 11 years as in-house counsel in labor and employment law and oversaw the HR department for a multi-billion-dollar multinational corporation with extensive manufacturing operations.

Steve created the Warner Norcross & Judd employment blog and is active on Twitter. Visit zomichiganemploymentlaw.wnj.com and twitter@zoemploymentlaw to stay informed on the latest employment and labor law trends.

 

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Education

  • Wayne State University Law School J.D. 1992 Bronze Key Award, 1990-91; Silver Key Award, 1989-90; Dean Scholar Award magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University B.A. 1982

Admitted

  • 1992, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

Experience

  • Assist 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, and NLRB
  • Draft and review employee handbooks, employment policies and procedures, employment agreements, non-compete and confidentiality agreements, separation agreements and sales representative agreements
  • Represented Amway Corp. securing $26 million arbitration award in suit arising out of non-compete, non-solicit and trade secret claims. Report at 2008 WL 5386774; 2010 WL 3927661
  • Serves as labor and employment counsel for numerous union and non-union organizations in the automotive supply industry
  • Serves as labor and employment counsel for higher educational institutions
  • Frequently conducts training sessions and speaking engagements for a number of employer organizations and for management on labor and employment topics
  • Served as in-house labor and employment counsel for Alticor Inc. for 11 years

Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Coif
  • Survey Editor (1992) and Member (1990-92), Wayne Law Review

Publications

Ahead of the Curve Auto Supplier Blog

Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Human Resource Management

Speaking Engagements

  • "FMLA, ADA and Mental Health Issues," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 3, 2018
  • “Shining a New Light on an Old Problem,” The Automotive Supplier’s Legal Guide to 2018: Buckle Up and Get Ready for Rapid Change, OESA Seminar, February 7, 2018, Troy, Michigan
  • “Myth or Truth: Labor & Employment Panel,” Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panels, October 6, 2017, Midland, Michigan
  • "Trump Administration Scenarios," The Automotive Supplier's Guide to 2017: Legal Trends and Insight for the New Year, OESA Seminar, February 2, 2017, Troy, Michigan
  • Moderator, “Managing an Evolving Workforce” and “Wage/Hour and FLSA Issues,” Warner Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, November 2, 2016, Novi, Michigan; Panelist, “Managing an Evolving Workforce,” October 25, 2016, Midland, Michigan
  • "IP Protection and Employment Matters," Navigating the Intersection of Today's Automotive IP and IT, OESA seminar, September 27, 2016, Troy, Michigan
  • "Exploring the Impact of the FLSA Overtime Ruling on Nonprofit Organizations," Beene Garter Seminar, July 13, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Navigating the FMLA," Warner Human Resources Seminar, June 9, 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Employing Independent Contractors," Legal Trends to Watch in 2016, OESA briefing, February 16, 2016, Troy, Michigan
  • Labor & Benefits Executive Panel, Warner Seminar, October 26, 2015, Troy, Michigan and October 7, 2015, Midland, Michigan
  • "Anatomy of a Discharge Case, Best Practices in HR Litigation," Mid-Michigan and Cadillac Area Human Resources Association, September 15, 2015, Clare, Michigan
  • “Documentation Legalities,” Employer Training Council, January 22, 2015, Traverse City, Michigan
  • “Effective Performance Reviews,” AHRM, October 8, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Labor and Employment Panel, Labor and Benefits Executive Panel-Government Enforcement Initiatives, October 2, 2014, Southfield, Michigan
  • "Workplace Bullying and Violence," SCHRMA, June 26, 2014, Jackson, Michigan
  • "Unsocial Media - Walls, Links and Tweets in the Workplace - LOL (or you might just cry)," KHRMA, May 20, 2014
  • "Workplace Violence and Bullying," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 22, 2014, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Salary Exempt/Non-Exempt Determination," Employers Association of West Michigan, March 25, 2014
  • "Employees and Contractors and Temps . . .  Oh My!," February 26, 2014, Detroit
  • “HR and Benefits Executive Panel,” Warner Human Resources Seminar, October 9, 2013, Midland, Michigan
  • "How Does the Historic DOMA Decision Impact Employers?," Michigan Chamber of Commerce Webinar, August 28, 2013
  • "The NLRB for Nonunion Employers" and "Wage/Hour Update - Classifying Employees Correctly to Avoid Liability," Warner Human Resources Seminar, April 29, 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • "Workplace Bullying and Violence," MISHRM 2013 Conference, March 2013
  • "The Fine Print: Setting the Stage for Successful Employment,"  Original Equipment Suppliers Association 2012 Talent Town Hall, October 25, 2012, Troy, Michigan
  • "Twitter and the Law - How to Get in Trouble in 140 Characters!," Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), October 16, 2012
  • "The Intersection of Employment and Social Media," Employment Outlook & Strategy Seminar, October 2, 2012
  • "Social Media - What Every Manager Should Know," Ludington Chamber of Commerce, September 11, 2012
  • "Social Media - What Every Manager Should Know," Michigan Bankers Association, September 5, 2012
  • "How to Handle an Unemployment Claim," Warner Human Resources Seminar, May 2, 2012, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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