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Can You Shout at a Swim M…

Can You Shout at a Swim Meet?

My three kids joined the swim team at our local pool club this spring. My sons are thirteen, and my daughter is eleven. Although all three are active in various sports, Jessica and I were especially proud of their willingness to step into something n… Read More
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Here’s to What Unites t…

Here’s to What Unites the United States on the Fourth of July

In the timely update below, Kathy Spray explains the constitutional issues behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision upholding key provisions of the president’s controversial health care legislation. Predictably, some folks are hailing the… Read More
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Is Roger Clemens a Free M…

Is Roger Clemens a Free Man?

Last week a jury acquitted Roger Clemens on all counts in the perjury prosecution brought against him. So having won this battle, is he a free man? Or can the prosecution attempt to retry the case? The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitutio… Read More
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Put It In Writing: Docume…

Put It In Writing: Documenting Employee Discipline

In an increasingly competitive business environment, finding time to dot the i’s and cross the t’s can be a challenge. When handling workforce disciplinary matters, this often means failure to document a particular infraction or warning. At the t… Read More
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Throw It Out, Judge!

Throw It Out, Judge!

Having spent the last 20 years in and around courtrooms, I have defended against my share of outrageous lawsuits: the teacher who was sued when a kid got injured Tee-Peeing the teacher’s yard; the family fight over an old Studebaker; the nephew who… Read More
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Additional Recordkeeping…

Additional Recordkeeping Requirements for Employers

Surprise, surprise. The federal government has issued new recordkeeping requirements. Starting April 3, 2012, employers covered by the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) must preserve employment and HR records for one year from the dat… Read More
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Judge Okays Union Informa…

Judge Okays Union Information Poster

Four weeks ago, we reported that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) had postponed the implementation date for new workplace posters that explain to employees their right to unionize. The NLRB’s voluntary delay allowed a federal judge to rule… Read More
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NLRB Postpones Controvers…

NLRB Postpones Controversial Poster Requirement

Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that employers would soon be required to display a workplace poster advising employees of their right to form unions. For the second time, the NLRB has pushed back the implementation date… Read More
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Four Things to Watch in 2…

Four Things to Watch in 2012

With the Detroit Lions making the play-offs for the first time in over a decade and both the Spartans and Wolverines posting bowl victories, 2012 is off to a great start for fans throughout Michigan. And with a presidential election looming in Novemb… Read More
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Proposed Changes to Michi…

Proposed Changes to Michigan No-Fault Statute Warrant Close Attention

Since the 1970s, Michigan drivers have operated under a “No-Fault” insurance model. Essentially, the no-fault system requires drivers to look to their own insurance carrier for primary medical coverage resulting from an accident, regardless of wh… Read More
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