Steven K. GirardSteven Girard Clark Hill
Steven K. Girard
Steven K. Girard is a member in Clark Hill’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. He has specialized in the area of labor and employment law since 1986 and his practice includes representation of private sector businesses, health care entities and municipal entities, including counties, cities, townships, villages, community mental health agencies, road commissions, central dispatch authorities and county family independence agency boards. Steve joined the firm of Clary, Nantz, Wood, Hoffius, Rankin & Cooper in 1986, where he remained until 1996. In 1996 he co-founded the firm of Nantz, Litowich, Smith & Girard. In 2011, Steve became a member of Clark Hill PLC.
The majority of Steve’s practice involves the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements. He presently serves as regular labor and employment counsel to numerous Michigan cities and counties. In this capacity he has acted as chief spokesperson on hundreds of collective bargaining agreements (including initial and renewal contracts).
Steve has prepared and presented the employer’s case in numerous fact finding (interest arbitration) and Act 312 (binding police and fire) arbitrations. He has served as the employer delegate to Act 312 arbitration panels, represented employers in litigation involving Act 312 eligibility issues, and litigated unfair labor practice charges and representation matters before the National Labor Relations Board and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission.
In addition, Steve has prepared and arbitrated hundreds of grievance arbitration cases, prepared personnel policy manuals and employee handbooks, investigated and prepared position statements on charges of discrimination, handled unemployment matters involving employer rates and benefit eligibility, provided advice and counsel regarding FLSA and OSHA issues, successfully defended discharges of employees, and generally handled the entire scope of issues facing employers.