Melissa J. Jackson: Lawyer with Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

Melissa J. Jackson


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Experience & Credentials

Practice Areas

  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination - Unlawful Harassment
  • Employment Litigation
  • Labor Relations
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
University Wittenberg University, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolWayne State University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1989
Admitted1989, Michigan; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:

•American Bar Association

•Labor and Employment Law Section

•State Bar of Michigan

•Labor and Employment Law Section

•Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

•Ingham County Bar Association

•Labor Law Section

•Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

•Michigan State University College of Law, Adjunct Professor in Employment Law

Industry & Professional Associations:

•Society for Human Resource Management

•Human Resources Association of Mid-Michigan

•Industrial Relations Research Association, Past President

Community Involvement:

•Child and Family Services, Board of Directors

•Okemos Radmoor Montessori School, Board of Directors


Melissa joined the firm in 1989 and is a shareholder in the Employment Labor & Benefits Practice Group. Melissa represents employers and is highly experienced in providing employment law counsel on a wide range of matters including: alternative dispute resolution; diversity; unlawful discrimination, and harassment; wrongful discharge: Family Medical Leave Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; Michigan Wages and Fringe Benefits Act; drafting and interpreting policies and procedures, employment contracts and separation agreements; reductions in force; and unemployment compensation. Having served as a Human Resources Director for ten years prior to entering law school, Melissa has the advantage of understanding the employers' perspective first-hand. The majority of Melissa's practice is of a proactive nature as her success lies in keeping clients out of court and away from claims. Melissa is named in Best Lawyers in America for Employment and Labor Law.

Melissa works diligently to anticipate issues the client may face and to keep them informed in changes in the law. Additionally, she is co-author on numerous employment law reference books published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for public and private employers and regularly speaks on these issues as well.

Representative Matters

•Assisted client in addressing human resource component in a complicated merger transaction between two financial institutions.

•Assisted health care clients with large scale reductions in work force.

•Involvement: Counseled institute of higher learning in termination of high ranking executive and avoided litigation.

•Assisted clients in prevailing in various union arbitrations involving termination of employment.

•Assisted financial institution client in decertification election.

•Successfully went undercover working at a restaurant in order to make unlawful harassment presentation more effective.

•Assisted public utility in lawsuit involving a high ranking official's employment contract. Litigated unique legal theory and prevailed at Court of Appeals.


2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 5, 2014

45 Foster Swift attorneys named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America roster, August 19, 2014

Best Lawyers Name Five Foster Swift Attorneys Lawyer of the Year, September 20, 2013

Thirty-one Foster Swift Attorneys included in Super Lawyers for 2013, September 6, 2013

Forty-five Foster Swift Attorneys included in Best Lawyers, August 15, 2013

Foster Swift attorneys selected as Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 6, 2012

47 Foster Swift attorneys named as 2013 Best Lawyers, September 4, 2012

Speaking Engagements

Hiring-to-Termination: Termination & Layoff Practices, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, November 13, 2012

Hiring-to-Termination: Performance Tracking & Discipline Practices, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, October 3, 2012

Hiring-to-Termination: Pre-Employment & Hiring Practices, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, September 6, 2012

Social Networking and Human Resources Hot Topics, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Advanced Institute, May 2, 2012

Seasonal or Unseasonal: That is the Question, Michigan Golf Business, November 30, 2011

Developing Internal Policy for use of Social Media, Michigan Association of Township Supervisors, October 19, 2011


ALERT: Michigan's Minimum Wage Goes Up 9/1/14, Foster Swift Business & Corporate Law Report, August 28, 2014

Best Practices to Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook, Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News, August 12, 2014

Human Resources Essentials Guide: From Hiring to Termination, 5th Edition, Published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Contributing Author, May 1, 2013

Does A Municipality Really Need A Handbook? Absolutely., Foster Swift Municipal Law News, September 2012

Consider An Employee Handbook, Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update, June 2012

Sharing Exemplifies the Holiday Spirit, Right? ... Not this Time!, Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly, Winter 2011

Recent Blog Posts

Health Care Law Blog
• NLRB Delays Notice Requirement to April 30

• Health Facilities Must Display Notice about Employees' Organizing Rights

Honors & Recognitions

2014 Best Lawyers Lansing Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law - Management

Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Labor and Employment Law)

Michigan Super Lawyers 2013, 2014 (Employment & Labor)

Boss of the Year, Lansing Legal Support Professionals Association (1996)


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Michigan’s Minimum Wage Goes Up 9/1/14
Melissa J. Jackson, September 1, 2014
On May 27, 2014, the Minimum Wage Law was repealed and replaced by the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. One of the changes in the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act is that minimum wage will be increased in steps over the next four years:

Best Practices to Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook
Melissa J. Jackson, August 22, 2014
An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers have to communicate with employees about important workplace issues and can serve as an excellent defense to claims. While many employers have handbooks, the creation of a handbook is too often seen as a one-time event, as opposed to...
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Melissa J. Jackson

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193


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