Robert A. Boonin

Robert A. Boonin

Member

Expertise

  • Labor & Employment
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Counseling
  • Health Care

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

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ABA Group
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Employment and Labor Group
Group Leader

Dykema
Michigan, U.S.A.

Profile

Robert A. Boonin, a member in Dykema's Detroit and Ann Arbor offices, concentrates his practice on labor and employment litigation. In addition, Mr. Boonin is experienced in public contract and education law. As a result, he has represented public and private sector clients across the country in over thirty jurisdictions. His public sector clients include universities, community colleges, K-12 school districts, charter schools as well as cities and townships.

Mr. Boonin has successfully represented clients in wrongful termination, employment discrimination, wage and hour, tenure proceedings and other employment-related lawsuits and claims. He has also represented employers in labor grievance arbitrations, labor negotiations, unfair labor practices and representational proceedings and labor strikes. 

Clients quoted in Best Law Firms 2018 note that Mr. Boonin "serves as an extension of my business, with a thorough understanding of my legal needs and business objectives." He has been named a 2019 "Lawyer of the Year" in Detroit for Litigation - Labor and Employment by The Best Lawyers in America©, recognized as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan" and is a frequent lecturer to the American and Michigan Bar Associations, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the Society of Human Resource Management, the American Society of Employers, trade associations and other groups on labor and employment law on topics such as handling a unionized workforce, wage and hour compliance, sexual harassment, and the ADA.

Bar Admissions

Michigan

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1985, cum laude Michigan State University School of Labor and Industrial Relations, MLIR, 1980 The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S., 1976
Areas of Practice

Employment Counseling | Employment Litigation | Health Care | Labor & Employment | Litigation | Non-Compete, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets | Trade Secret & Noncompete Litigation | Unions & Collective Bargaining

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC, for Employment Law, 2010-2014
Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC as "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation - Labor and Employment Law, 2012; and for Employment Law - Management, 2014
Named a leading Labor and Employment Lawyer by Chambers USA, 2010-Present
College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Fellow, 2008-Present
Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2006-Present; President, 2007-2008
Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® for Labor and Employment Law, 2005-Present


Professional Associations

    Michigan State Bar Association
    National Association of College and University Att
    Wage and Hour Defense Institute of the Litigation
    Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Advisory

American Employment Law Council
Michigan Council of School Attorneys
Labor and Employment Relations Association
Washtenaw County Bar Association

Articles

Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Not Impacted by Employees Who Won’t Return to Work, If Properly Documented
Dykema, May 2020

As borrowers use their loan proceeds from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to continue or restore payroll and call back laid-off employees, they may encounter reluctance or refusal by employees to return to work, which could impede borrower’s ability to obtain full forgiveness on their PPP loan...

DOL Issues More FFCRA Compliance Guidance on Paid Leaves
Dykema, April 2020

Guidance Focuses on Concurrent Leave Issues, Hours to be Paid During Leaves, and Regular Rates of Pay Applicable Now that covered employers are providing paid leaves under the Families First Coronavirus Act (the “FFCRA”), more questions about the FFCRA’s nuances are surfacing...

Ironing Out The Details: The Department of Labor Updates and Adds to Its FFCRA Guidance FAQs
Dykema, April 2020

As employers try to comply with the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave requirements, the Department of Labor has thrown them a curveball by quietly changing the answers to some of its Guidance about the FFCRA as well as adding 19 more FAQs to its prior compendium...