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Time for a Change

Time for a Change

In a couple of weeks, daylight saving time will end and most of us will “fall back” an hour. While many of us will simply be concerned with resetting clocks, employers will want to consider how they handle their nonexempt employees. Here are a fe… Read More
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Litigation Less Expensive…

Litigation Less Expensive?

If your company or you have ever been embroiled in a lawsuit, you know what an expensive proposition that is.  Between legal fees and the serious drain on your time and energy, litigation can leave you feeling as though you are free falling in the g… Read More
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Does Taxable Value Equal…

Does Taxable Value Equal Market Value?

If you’ve lived in Michigan a while, you know that we have a quirky system for determining the “Taxable Value” of residential real estate.  Under Proposal A (passed in 1994), the increase in the taxable value of residential real estate cannot… Read More
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Injunction Junction, What…

Injunction Junction, What's Your Function?

Two weeks ago, I found myself in Wheaton, Illinois, trying to convince a DuPage County judge why he should not issue a preliminary injunction against my client.  As a young professional, my client had signed a non-competition agreement with his empl… Read More
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One Branch of Government…

One Branch of Government Meeting the People’s Needs

From the local school board to Washington, D.C., I’ve been fairly frustrated with government these days and the tendency to “play politics” rather than solve voters’ problems. It seems I need to look more carefully in my own backyard before d… Read More
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As the Smoke Clears

As the Smoke Clears

If you did not hear the news last week, you will be interested to know that the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a very important decision regarding the use of medical marijuana in the workplace.  In Eplee v. City of Lansing, the Court determined th… Read More
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Ounce of Prevention/Pound…

Ounce of Prevention/Pound of Cure

Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act takes effect on or about March 22, 2019.  Here’s what you need to know. What Employers Are Covered? Employers with 50 or more employees (but excluding state and federal governments) What Employees Are Not Covere… Read More
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Pot in the Workplace

Pot in the Workplace

Last Tuesday, Michigan voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing the sale and use of recreational marijuana.  The next morning, my phone started ringing with calls from CFOs and HR Managers trying to figure out how the new law will impact exist… Read More
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I Thought You Said I Coul…

I Thought You Said I Couldn’t Ask About His Health?

Faced with a mountain of legislation and regulations designed to protect employees from discrimination and invasions of privacy, many employers and supervisors understandably fear making any inquiry about a worker’s physical or mental health.  Whi… Read More
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Opioids in the Workplace

Opioids in the Workplace

While the United States grapples with staggering opioid abuse throughout the country, companies face a virtual minefield where their legitimate need to maintain a drug-free workplace collides with their employees’ right to use prescription drugs fo… Read More
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