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Expect MIOSHA-Style Workp…

Expect MIOSHA-Style Workplace Safety Rules to Go Nationwide

As Michigan businesses prepared to re-open following last spring’s COVID-19 lockdown, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued several executive orders requiring enhanced workplace safety measures. After the Michigan Supreme Court curtailed the governor’… Read More
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Government Backed Paid Le…

Government Backed Paid Leave Set to Expire

Last spring, in the early throes of the pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). The Act focuses on encouraging workers sick with COVID-19 to stay home and quarantine, while also providing relief to parents… Read More
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What Do the Courts Have t…

What Do the Courts Have to Do With Elections?

For those of a certain age, it seems hard to believe that twenty years have passed since the infamous, closely counted 2000 Presidential Election. After weeks of talk about hanging chads and a flurry of legal activity, the United States Supreme Court… Read More
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Coronavirus Testing and t…

Coronavirus Testing and the ADA

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws. That includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to private employers with 15 or more employees. Many states have a co… Read More
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Now You Know It: Special…

Now You Know It: Special Edition

I previously wrote about Executive Order 2020-36, which prevented employers from disciplining or discharging employees who remained home due to symptoms of COVID-19 or due to “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for, or shows symp… Read More
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Additional Guidance from…

Additional Guidance from DOL on Virus-related Leaves and Return to Work

The United States Department of Labor recently issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and how it impacts employees returning to work. Adding to an already lengthy list of Questions and Answers, the DOL offer… Read More
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Open for Business? You Need a Preparedness Plan

Dirk Beamer reviews mandatory requirements and key considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back into the workplace. Read More
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Supreme Court Protects LG…

Supreme Court Protects LGBTQIA Workers

In a much-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court last week ruled that Title VII of the United States Code (i.e, the federal statute that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sex) protects LGBTQIA workers. In short, this means em… Read More
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Safeguards to Protect Mic…

Safeguards to Protect Michigan's Workers

Last Thursday, Governor Whitmer issued two new Executive Orders of particular importance to Michigan employers. EO 2020-96 expands the list of industries permitted to operate in-person to include medical facilities, building trades, manufacturers and… Read More
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A Fine Line

A Fine Line

Faced with a dramatically altered economic landscape and a scramble to preserve cash, many companies have implemented across the board pay cuts. Assuming there is no contract or collective bargaining agreement preventing cuts, there’s generally no… Read More
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