Jack of All Trades

Jack of All Trades

Your neighbor kid mows your lawn. A guy from church fixes your broken slider door. Can you pay them cash? Probably. How about your full-time nanny? Probably not. Drawing the line between independent contractors (who receive IRS Form 1099 and pay thei… Read More
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New Year, New Wage

New Year, New Wage

Starting January 1, 2024, the minimum wage increased in Michigan. Depending on an anticipated ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court, it could increase again this same year. We lay out the new rates below, but first a brief recap of how we got here and… Read More
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Transparent Time

Transparent Time

The federal Corporate Transparency Act was passed in 2021 but takes effect this coming year. With the goal of tracking and limiting illegal money flowing through the American economy, the Act imposes reporting requirements on most existing and new sm… Read More
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The fall time change could affect how employees are paid

Time for a Change

Does daylight saving time affect employee pay? 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… Read More
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Tug-of-War in Washington

Tug-of-War in Washington

For the third time since 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the minimum salary an employee must receive to be exempt from overtime pay requirements. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employees who work… Read More
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Pregnant employee affected by proposed regulations for Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

What to Expect

Late last year, President Biden signed into law the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). The bipartisan legislation applies to employers with 15 or more employees. It requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified emp… Read More
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Getting Informed

Getting Informed

INFORM Act attacks sale of hot goods online. In June, the Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers Act (the “INFORM” Consumers Act) took effect. Passed late last year as part of an omnibus spending bill, t… Read More
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Pregnant employee impacted by Pregnant Worker Fairness Act sitting at desk

New Workplace Pregnancy Rules

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), covered employers must engage in an interactive process with disabled employees seeking accommodations allowing them to perform their necessary job functions. Depending on her health conditions, a preg… Read More
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New breastfeeding mother impacted by federal PUMP Act after returning to work

PUMP Act Expands Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers

When President Biden made a surprise visit to Ukraine in February, Wall Street Journal reporter Sabrina Siddiqui drew one of two coveted spots for journalists to accompany the president on the trip. As she explained in her March 8, 2023, WSJ article,… Read More
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Close up of employee using CBD oil while working

Managing a Workplace Drug Policy

Years ago, when both state and federal law outlawed the use or possession of marijuana, most employers maintained a zero tolerance policy for employees testing positive for drugs or alcohol. As states like Michigan began to legalize marijuana … fir… Read More
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