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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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Where Do We (Re)Start?: Employer Considerations Post-Shutdown

Dirk Beamer discusses key legal and practical considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back to work following a layoff or shutdown caused by COVID-19. Read More
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Documenting Leave When Pa…

Documenting Leave When Parents Stay Home

Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), parents with children forced to stay home due to school or daycare closures may qualify for two weeks of paid sick leave and ten more weeks of extended family medical leave. Recently issued r… Read More
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State Shutdown and Paid S…

State Shutdown and Paid Sick Time

If you’ve followed our posts relative to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, you know we’ve been waiting for clarification from the Department of Labor (DOL) as to whether Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order closing non-essential busine… Read More
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Coronavirus Response & Business Shutdown: an Employer’s Guide

Dirk Beamer reviews the legal issues Michigan employers are facing in the time of Coronavirus. Coronavirus Response & Business Shutdown: an Employer's Guide Dirk Beamer discusses the challenges facing Michigan employers during the time of Co… Read More
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