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Fred W. Batten

Of Counsel
Office

Detroit

500 Woodward Ave
Suite 3500
Detroit, MI 48226
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Fax: 313.309.6804
Practice Areas
Labor & Employment
Areas of Emphasis
Collective BargainingEmployee Handbooks/Personnel Policy ManualsEmployment at Will/ContractsEmployment CounselingEmployment LitigationEmployment Training/SeminarsEqual Employment Opportunity LawLegal Advice on Union Organizing CampaignsOccupational Health & SafetyUnfair Labor Practice ChargesWage & Hour Matters
Education
J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia, 1973
B.A., Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, 1969
State Bar Licenses
Michigan
Court Admissions
U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Michigan
U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Michigan
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Membership
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
Best Lawyers in America (Labor and Employment)
Chambers U.S.A. Leading Business Lawyers
Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relation Research Association)
State Bar of Michigan, Labor and Employment Law Section
Super lawyers 2015
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Fred W. Batten

Of Counsel

Fred W. Batten has represented employers in the full spectrum of labor and employment matters for over 30 years.  He has been management’s chief spokesperson in labor contract negotiations with the UAW, Steelworkers, Teamsters, AFSCME, OCAW, and various other unions.  He regularly represents employers in arbitration cases and in contested matters before federal agencies such as the NLRB, DOL, EEOC, and OSHA, as well as their Michigan state agency equivalents.  Michigan has a unique State occupational safety and health law in which Fred has developed a special expertise. In civil litigation, he has represented fortune 500 companies and their members of management in employment litigation matters ranging from discrimination and retaliation to wrongful discharge to libel and slander.

As a representative of management, Fred has assisted corporate clients (both union and non-union) on some of the most troubling issues in today’s businesses environment: reductions in force, outsourcing, plant closings and relocations, remaining union free, and reallocating health care costs.  His practice includes advice on the more day to day issues as well, such as advising employers on handbooks and corporate policy, dealing with FMLA and employee attendance and performance issues, and general compliance with state and federal social legislation.  Although labor and employment matters tend to cross industry lines, his principal engagements have been with automotive, chemical, steel, financial services, construction, health care, and not for profit employers.

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