Miriam is chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice. She represents and counsels employers on a wide-range of labor and employment law issues. She focuses her practice on counseling employers on day-to-day human resource matters to ensure compliance with complex issues arising from state and federal employment laws, such as the FMLA, ADA, and civil rights statutes. She has extensive experience in the area of wage/hour matters, assisting employers in auditing practices and defending and resolving disputes stemming from the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law requirements. Miriam regularly works with employers to develop effective strategies for implementing difficult employment business decisions related to RIFS, WARN issues, and other employee separations. She also represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, labor arbitrations, contract administration, union avoidance strategies and training, as well as union recognition, decertification and deauthorization campaigns. Miriam regularly conducts seminars and training for managers and staff on workplace compliance issues.
Miriam is an author of the Employer Advocate, a blog that provides executives, managers, human resources professionals, and labor relations personnel with easy-to-understand, accurate and informative articles on the latest legal developments and how to apply them in the workplace.
Miriam earned her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1987. She received a B.A., with high distinction, from Michigan State University in 1984.
- Lead two successful U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act investigations for a large healthcare organization in the metro-Detroit area. Investigations resulted in no violations against the employer.
- Current representation of a large healthcare organization in the metro-Detroit area in wage and hour class action involving home health companions. The matter is pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
- Represented a multi-national IT consulting company in multiple U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act investigations.
- Successfully represented a national insurance company in a U.S. Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act investigation. Investigation resulted in no violations against the employer.
- Represented a large automotive supplier in a Department of Homeland Security investigation of I-9 compliance resulting in no fines or penalties to employer.
- Counseling and planning of numerous reductions in force for employers in a broad range of industries, including accounting, aerospace, automotive, financial, IT, insurance, and healthcare.
- Successful resolution of a potential class national origin, gender, and equal pay claim against a multi-national automotive supplier.
- Successful resolution of an EEOC class claim based on gender discrimination against a financial services firm.
- Successfully represented employers in numerous charges of discrimination before the EEOC and state agencies resulting in dismissal of the charges.
- Successfully represented numerous employers in state agency wage/hour complaints.
Admissions - Court
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Admissions - State
- Northwestern University School of Law
- Michigan State University
Honors and Awards
- Selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2010-2017)
- Selected for inclusion in Dbusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers (2015)
- Named one of the Best Lawyers in America (2013-2018)
- AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
- American Bar Association
- State Bar of Michigan
- Oakland County Bar Association
- Society for Human Resource Management
- Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit
Public Service and Volunteerism
- Forgotten Harvest
- Northwestern University School of Law Alumni Association
Reading the EEOC’s tea leaves: Year-end disability cases reveal priorities
Proposed Workflex bill offers employers unique federal approach to paid leave time
One less headache for employers: New EEO-1 Form pay reporting stayed indefinitely
The ADEA is getting its AARP card and some special attention from the EEOC
Welcome back, DOL opinion letters!
No summer vacation for employers facing new July 1 laws
In employment law, even the “mark of the beast” must be accommodated
Employing foreign physicians and researchers during the Trump years
The impact of "Buy American and Hire American" Executive Order No. 13788
New case highlights military leave law
Comp time in the private sector: New legislation makes it a real possibility
The Final Countdown: New FLSA regulations take effect December 1
The EEOC's new game plan is an open book
The Olympics of Employment Law
Employment law developments: A busy EEOC and a quick hit
The new FLSA overtime rule on salary pay is here! Time to act now
New FLSA regs are on the move… and employers should be too!
Pushing boundaries: EEOC brings sexual orientation discrimination suits
Employers take heed: The EEOC sets rapid pace for 2016 activity
Resolved: Your 2016 employment compliance goals
The benefits of being engaging: ADA-style
Check it twice: Your 7-step employment law compliance list
Employer takes $1.3 million hit for staffing company’s FLSA violations
NLRB Punts: Decides not to decide if NU football players are employees
Fair Credit Reporting Act is definitely not child’s play
DOL’s new FLSA rule will shake up exempt status
A Dose of Common Sense: Sixth Circuit Says Regular Attendance is an Essential Function of Most Jobs
EEOC Decision Addresses Transgender Discrimination
Shades of Gray: NLRB Memo Provides Insight on Handbook Policies
Supreme Court Decision on DOL Rule Change Relaxes Requirements for Agency Rulemaking
New DOL Rule Broadens FMLA Definition of "Spouse"
Michigan Legislature Goes on Offense
Are you ready Illinois employers? New laws take effect January 1st
DOJ changes position: Recognizes transgender identity bias
Supreme Court clarifies FLSA worktime rules
Hey Cybersecurity, the NLRB is calling
Dazed and confused: Unemployment benefits OKed for Michigan medical marijuana users
Data security is an HR issue, really!
Summer recap: New Illinois employment laws
New EEOC pregnancy discrimination guidance should give employers pause
Michigan jumps on higher minimum wage bandwagon
Employers may need to accommodate this: telecommuting
It's March madness: NLRB says Northwestern football players are employees.
Michigan employers take note: Employment implications of decision lifting ban on same-sex marriage
Good Employment Practices = Your Company's Good Fortune
It's Wage and Hour Wednesday: Tips for FLSA Compliance
A New Year's Resolution: Protect Your Business from Employment Law Risk in 2014
Employers take note: New DOL Secretary Perez sets his agenda
Is your workplace social media savvy?
EEOC issues new guidance on specific disabilities
Eleven attorneys at McDonald Hopkins honored as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
35 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2018
39 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers 2017
Twelve attorneys at McDonald Hopkins honored as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
41 attorneys at McDonald Hopkins selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® 2016
McDonald Hopkins announces department and leadership promotions
Eleven attorneys at McDonald Hopkins honored as Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
- The Clash of Social Media and Employee Privacy, PEO Insider, April 2014
- Is your workplace social media savvy? RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest August 2013
- EEOC Issues New Guidance on Specific Disabilities, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest June 2013
- New Laws Protect Online Password Privacy, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest March 2013
- Hold the NLRB Posting, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest May 2012
- Court Provides FMLA Guidance in Termination Case, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest March 2012
- Employers Beware: With New Round of Audits, ICE Seeks to Chill Illegal Hiring, RBMA Monthly Legal Update Digest July 2011
- Hiring 2.0: What Employers Need to Consider when Hiring this Time Around, Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit Newsletter, March 2011
- Investigating Employee Misconduct, Employment Law in Michigan: An Employer’s Guide (ICLE 2d. ed. 2008 -2014 Supplements)
- The New FMLA Regulations, Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit, November 2008
- Guidance for Small Business Owners, Detroit Chamber of Commerce, October 2008
- You've Been Served: Why employers get sued and how to avoid it | Wednesday, June 14, 2017
- Navigating a New Frontier: LGBTQ issues in the workplace | Thursday, June 23, 2016
- Get your wage hour house in order for 2016 | Wednesday, October 14, 2015
- How to say "you're fired!" Avoiding Mistakes in Terminating Employees | Thursday, November 13, 2014
- Avoiding Mistakes in Handling ADA Situations | Thursday, July 24, 2014
- Avoiding Mistakes in Administering FMLA Leave | Wednesday, May 7, 2014
- Avoiding mistakes that may lead to a government investigation | Wednesday, February 12, 2014
- How To for Employers - Leaves of Absence and Reasonable Accommodations | Thursday, July 25, 2013
- Executive Skills for Women: Elevate your social media savvy | Wednesday, June 12, 2013
- How To for Employers - Hiring: Getting it right from the start | Thursday, May 2, 2013
- Technology and the Employment Relationship: The new frontier | Tuesday, March 5, 2013
- Is My Data Safe? Why HR Professionals Should Care, American Society of Employers Employment Law Conference, September 2014
- Manage and Minimize HR Risk for your Practice, Illinois Medical Group Management Association Annual Meeting, May 2014
- Overcoming Common Pathology Practice HR Issues, American Pathology Foundation Webinar, May 2014
- The Importance of Documentation: The Good, the Bad, and the Missing, American Pathology Foundation, Practice Management Boot Camp, November 2013
- Social Media – Does and Don’ts, Detroit Society for Human Resources Management, June 2013
- Family and Medical Leave Act Legal Update, Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit, March 2012
- Dust Off and Clean Up Your Employment Policies for 2012, Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit Webinar, February 2012
- Fundamentals of Employment Law for Practice Management, American Pathology Foundation, 2012 Practice Management Boot Camp, November 2012
- Managing & Training Your Multi-Generational Team in the 21st Century Workplace, American Pathology Foundation, 2011 Practice Management Boot Camp, November 2011
- Employment Law Update: 2011 Trends, Hot Topics & Top Risks, presented to various Employer Industry Groups
- Employment Law Landmines: How to Avoid Hidden Traps, Illinois Medical Group Management Association Annual Meeting, May 2011
- Employer Use and Control of Social Media, Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit Webinar, March 2011
- Fair Labor Standards Act and Michigan Wage Hour Law, Human Resource Association of Greater Detroit Webinar, March 2010
- Practice Management HR Risks, American Pathology Foundation, 2010 Practice Management Boot Camp, November 2010
- ADA Amendments Training Presentation, panel member, Human Resources Association of Greater Detroit, January 2009
- Union Avoidance Training, National Private Duty Association, April 2009
- The Truth about Your Employment Law Obligations, presented to various industry groups
- It May be Healthy, but is it Legal, presented to Michigan Society of Association Executives Law Symposium, Nov. 2005