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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…
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…
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…
Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

If your company has more than fifty employees at any location within a 75-mile radius, you know that you need to extend 12 weeks of unpaid medical leave under the FMLA.  But even if you are not subject to the FMLA, or if you have already provided th…
Sexual Harassment Trainin…

Sexual Harassment Training

In the wake of the #MeToo! movement, my phone has been ringing off the hook with requests for me to offer training sessions on preventing and reporting sexual and other unlawful harassment in the workplace. While most companies should have been doin…
When the Check isn’t in…

When the Check isn’t in the Mail

I joined Bill Wright’s law firm in 1995, and within a year I was defending a manufacturer who had been sued for additional commissions by its former sales representative.  Over the years, I’ve represented clients on both sides of these disputes.…
Pleading My Case: What's…

Pleading My Case: What's Missing?

On a recent visit to the Dominican Republic, I toured las Casas Reales (the Royal Houses) in Santa Domingo — the seat of Spain’s government in the New World.  It dates from the very early sixteenth century when Columbus’ son served as the…
When a Jury Beats a Judge

When a Jury Beats a Judge

I represent a lot of companies in disputes with customers, suppliers, and employees. Conventional wisdom says that a judge or “bench trial” is preferred for a corporate defendant rather than a trial by jury. Many contracts and employment…
A Taste of Diversity

A Taste of Diversity

Last week, our very own Dirk Beamer and Julie Cotant attended the Taste of Diversity dinner hosted by the Oakland County Bar Association. The biannual event was created to help encourage diversity in the legal profession. This year’s gathering…
European Privacy is an Am…

European Privacy is an American Concern

Two weeks ago, I attended the annual meeting of the Michigan Bar’s Business Law Section.  Section member and Dykema attorney Stephen Tupper offered an overview of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 28, 201…