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 

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

 
Biography

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.

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)

News

2014 Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars, September 5, 2014
45 Foster Swift attorneys named to 2015 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

Legal Update on Employee Issues and Seasonal Employee Options Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Agri-Business Association Winter Conference & Trade Show January 12, 2015
Employee Handbooks Workshop - Create or Revise Your Personnel Policy Manual Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Chamber November 6, 2014
Handbook Policies - What you Must Include, What you Should Include, What to Avoid Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Osteopathic Assocation November 1, 2014
Hiring-to-Termination: Termination & Layoff Practices Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Chamber of Commerce November 13, 2012
Hiring-to-Termination: Performance Tracking & Discipline Practices Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Chamber of Commerce October 3, 2012
Hiring-to-Termination: Pre-Employment & Hiring Practices Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Chamber of Commerce September 6, 2012
Social Networking and Human Resources Hot Topics Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Advanced Institute May 2, 2012
Seasonal or Unseasonal: That is the Question Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Golf Business November 30, 2011
Developing Internal Policy for use of Social Media Samuel J. Frederick, Melissa J. Jackson Michigan Association of Township Supervisors October 19, 2011
WEBINAR Social Media: Developing and Implementing an Effective Policy for Your Municipality Samuel J. Frederick, Melissa J. Jackson August 16, 2011

The use of Social Media is expanding rapidly everyday. How does a public employer manage the workplace and the legal consequences of regulating and using these mediums? IP, Social Media, Employment Insurance, Tax, Lobbying and Health Care Samuel J. Frederick, Todd W. Hoppe, Melissa J. Jackson, David M. Lick Sponsored by Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC November 17, 2010
Human Resource Recordkeeping Melissa J. Jackson 2010
Update on Family Medical Leave Act Americans With Disabilities Civil Rights Act Melissa J. Jackson 2010
Wage and Hour Issues Melissa J. Jackson 2010
Unlawful Harassment Prevention and Investigation Melissa J. Jackson 2009
Employment Law Update Melissa J. Jackson 2009
Discipline & Termination Melissa J. Jackson 2008
Family Medical Leave Act Melissa J. Jackson 2008
Legal Grounds for Termination: Practical Applications and Tactful Communications Melissa J. Jackson 2008
Recruitment and Hiring Issues Melissa J. Jackson 2007
Training in Alternative Dispute Resolution Melissa J. Jackson 2007
Employee Policy Manual Workshop Melissa J. Jackson 2006
Employment Contracts for Association Executives Melissa J. Jackson 2006

Publications

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know and Do Michael R. Blum and Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News November 6, 2014
Smoke 'em if you got 'em! Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News October 28, 2014
Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update October 15, 2014
ALERT: Michigan's Minimum Wage Goes Up 9/1/14 Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Business & Corporate Law Report August 28, 2014
Best Practices to Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News August 12, 2014
Human Resources Essentials Guide: From Hiring to Termination, 5th Edition Karl W. Butterer, Melissa J. Jackson, Michael R. Blum & Johanna M. Novak Published by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Contributing Author May 1, 2013
Does A Municipality Really Need A Handbook? Absolutely. Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Municipal Law News September 2012

Every employer should understand and appreciate the value of having a handbook that is tailored to its operations, as well as having policies that reflect their current circumstances, and current law. Consider An Employee Handbook Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Agricultural Law Update June 2012

No two employers are exactly the same; neither are two employee handbooks. Every employer should understand and appreciate the value of having a handbook that is tailored to their business, as well as policies that reflect their current circumstances, as well as current law. Sharing Exemplifies the Holiday Spirit, Right?... Not this Time! Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Winter 2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing that they will share information and coordinate law enforcement to end the practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. I-9 Compliance is a “Hot” Area - How to Avoid Getting Burned Ryan E. Lamb & Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Fall 2011

An I-9 audit can be triggered for a number of reasons, including random samples and reporting by disgruntled employees. Every employer should have a formal internal I-9 Compliance Policy detailing the employer's exact policies and procedures. Social Media Webinar Wrap-Up Samuel J. Frederick, Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Municipal Law News September 2011

Is Social Media a viable substitute for a municipality having an official website? This Shouldn't be News, but... Accessing Porn on Company Computers is Misconduct Sheralee S. Hurwitz & Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News (Also published in the Fall 2011 Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly) September 8, 2011

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently came through for employers, confirming that accessing inappropriate websites is misconduct that makes a former employee ineligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Are Your Employees Still WILBing On Municipal Time? Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Municipal Law News August 2011

Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, and Twitter have become commonplace - not only on employees' personal computers, but also on employers' computers. Components of Effective Employment Agreements Melissa Jackson Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements August 2011

Melissa authored the chapter Components of Effective Employment Agreements in Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements published by Thomson Reuters. Are Your Employees (Still) WILBing On Your Time? Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Summer 2011

Blogging has become a tool for companies that are marketing, as well as for employees who are bent on revenge. Grace Period For Adopting Certain Internal Claims & Appeals Procedures For Non-Grandfathered Group Health Plans Extended Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Summer 2011

The DOL recently issued guidance that extends the grace period for amending non-grandfathered group health plans to comply with certain provisions of the new internal claims and appeals procedures. Social Media at Work Melissa J. Jackson MSAE Impact Magazine June 2011
Are Your Employees WILBing On Your Time? Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Winter 2010

Social media is proliferating in the workplace. Facebook, My Space, Linked In, and Twitter have become commonplace on employees' cell phones and computers. Blogging has become a tool for marketing, as well as for revenge. Bad Facts Make Bad Law for Employers/Alternative Resolution Melissa J. Jackson Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly Summer 2010

On April 26, 2010, our Sixth Circuit issued a decision in the case of Alonso v Huron Valley Ambulance, Incorporated. Eligibility Period For COBRA Subsidy Extended to May 31, 2010 Melissa J. Jackson & Sherry A. Stein Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News April 21, 2010

If you were wondering whether the COBRA subsidy obligation expired on March 31, 2010, Congress has rather belatedly decided that it hasn't. Employers Take Heed: The Stimulus Act May Affect You - Immediately! Melissa J. Jackson & Sherry A. Stein Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits E-News February 25, 2009

Employees whose employment was involuntarily terminated on or after September 1, 2008, and who failed to elect COBRA following the termination, must be given a second chance to elect COBRA coverage. HR Made Easy From Hiring to Termination Amanda Garcia-Williams, Melissa J. Jackson, Rebecca S. Davies, Michael R. Blum & Sheralee Hurwitz Michigan Chamber 2009
Good News for Employers - Mostly - Family and Medical Leave Act Final Rules Issued Melissa J. Jackson & Amanda Garcia Williams Foster Swift Employment, Labor & Benefits Quarterly (Republished in Foster Swift Construction Law News) December 2008

At long last, the Department of Labor's Wage & Hour Division has issued the Final Rule under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Model Employee Policies Amanda Garcia-Williams, Melissa J. Jackson, Rebecca S. Davies & Sheralee S. Hurwitz Michigan Chamber 2008

 
Reported CasesRepresentative 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.
 
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Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need to Know and Do
Michael R. Blum,Melissa J. Jackson, November 14, 2014
Ebola. The word itself strikes fear. Much of the fear and anxiety in the United States has been driven by the perception, if not the reality, that U.S. health and government institutions have failed to adequately prepare for Ebola reaching our shores.

Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em!
Melissa J. Jackson, November 14, 2014
The Court of Appeals in the case of Braska v Challenge Manufacturing Company and Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Unemployment Insurance Agency just ruled that employees who are terminated for failing a drug test should not be denied unemployment compensation benefits. Judges...

Best Practices Agricultural Businesses Should Follow When Creating or Revising an Employee Handbook
Melissa J. Jackson, November 2, 2014
An employee handbook is one of the most important tools employers in the agricultural industry have at their disposal to communicate with employees about important workplace issues. It also can serve as an excellent defense to claims. Having a handbook signals to employees that the business regards...

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Melissa J. Jackson

313 South Washington Square
LansingMI 48933-2193




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