Employment Law Institute

The Employment Law Institute is a service provided to public and private employers to assist them in obtaining the knowledge necessary to make important decisions regarding their employees, drafting policies, disciplining employees and building the tools necessary to prevent and guard against legal liability.

Thomas J. McGraw and Stacy J. Belisle have over thirty combined years of experience in counseling public and private employers in preventing and defending employers in all aspects of employment claims.

The Employment Law Institute offers a course list that changes as the relevant laws change and as case law evolves so that employers are offered the most up to date and critical information necessary. Classes include:

  • Legal Considerations When Using Social Media
  • Understanding the ADA Amendments Act
  • Understanding the Amended FMLA Regulations
  • Preparing Your Department for Litigation
  • Training Employees to Guard Against Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation in the Workplace and Drafting an Anti-Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation Prevention and Reporting Policy
  • Whether and How Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act Impacts Employment Decisions
  • The Genetic Information Non-Disclosure Act – How to Comply
  • Fair Labor Standards Act – Wage and Hour Claims – Ensuring That Your Department is in Compliance
  • National Labor Relations Board Decisions You Need to Consider
  • Guarding Against Whistleblower Protection Act Claims
  • Proper Handling of Unemployment Claims
  • It's Not Over Until It's Over - Appealing and Vacating Labor Arbitration Decisions

The Employment Law Institute instructors speak to numerous groups around the State of Michigan every year, including:

  • Michigan Public Risk Management Association (Kalamazoo)
  • Michigan Public Service Institute (Mount Pleasant)
  • Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (various locations throughout the State of Michigan)
  • Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association (Mt. Pleasant and Mackinac Island)
  • Michigan Public Employers Labor Relations Association (Ann Arbor and Bellaire)
  • Southwest Michigan Human Resources Association (Benton Harbor Michigan)
  • Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce (Benton Harbor)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw)
  • Michigan Local Government Management Association (Lansing)
  • Chesterfield Township Police Department
  • City of Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Jackson County Clerks Association (Jackson)
  • State Bar of Michigan – Paralegal Section/Association of Litigation Support Professional (Rochester, Lansing)

Package Type


One class – approximately 90 minutes Cost based on total number of attendees
Full day package – includes coverage of four courses – approximately six hours – snacks and beverages included Cost based on total number of attendees
Monthly package – includes coverage of all 9 topics, presented separately on a monthly basis – approximately 90 minutes per session Cost based on total number of attendees