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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…
Transgender Status a Prot…

Transgender Status a Protected Class

It is well-known that sex discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  What has been less clear is whether discrimination based on transgender status falls within the definition of “sex discrimination.”   In other words,…
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…
Supreme Court Employment…

Supreme Court Employment Law Update

In what has been a consequential and controversial Term, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued two opinions that may impact employer policies and practices.    In Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, the Court ruled that service advisors (i.e., employees…
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…
FMLA Violations Can Make…

FMLA Violations Can Make You a Target

Experienced HR managers know that the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid qualifying leave per year to eligible employees. What is less commonly known is that company decision make…
Beamer Leads Training at…

Beamer Leads Training at MDCR

Dirk Beamer recently lead a training workshop for the employees of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR).  Titled Sexual Harassment Awareness in the #MeToo Moment, the workshop sought to educate participants on work place dos and don’ts,…
Don't Buy Exposure for Un…

Don't Buy Exposure for Unpaid Wages

In December, the U.S. Department of Labor filed suit against metro Detroit grocer, Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetable Market, Inc., alleging that the Troy, St. Clair Shores and Clinton Township stores violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”…
Minimum Wage Increase Par…

Minimum Wage Increase Part 2

In a recent article, we highlighted the January 1, 2018, minimum wage increase under the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014 (“the Act”).  We now want to remind readers of three “special situations” under the Act: 1.  An…