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New Overtime Rules Are Co…

New Overtime Rules Are Coming (and Coming and Coming...)

State of Michigan and federal laws governing the payment of employees are some of the most complicated laws we deal with. Federal wage and hour laws typically set the minimums which are often increased under state mandates. New rules promulgated by t… Read More
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Time for a Change

Time for a Change

In a couple of weeks, daylight saving time will end and most of us will “fall back” an hour. While many of us will simply be concerned with resetting clocks, employers will want to consider how they handle their nonexempt employees. Here are a fe… Read More
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Landmark Case Headed to t…

Landmark Case Headed to the Supreme Court

Last year, we covered Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a 2018 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case holding that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As r… Read More
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Illinois Workplace Transp…

Illinois Workplace Transparency Act

On January 1, 2020, the “Workplace Transparency Act” will take effect in Illinois.  The Act is a sweeping piece of legislation designed to protect victims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. It applies to nearly every employer in… Read More
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Consistency Is Key

Consistency Is Key

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” What then of wise consistencies? In the employment context, they are to be strived for! And the following tips may be helpful:  Enforcing policies consi… Read More
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As the Smoke Clears

As the Smoke Clears

If you did not hear the news last week, you will be interested to know that the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a very important decision regarding the use of medical marijuana in the workplace.  In Eplee v. City of Lansing, the Court determined th… Read More
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Ounce of Prevention/Pound…

Ounce of Prevention/Pound of Cure

Michigan’s Paid Medical Leave Act takes effect on or about March 22, 2019.  Here’s what you need to know. What Employers Are Covered? Employers with 50 or more employees (but excluding state and federal governments) What Employees Are Not Covere… Read More
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Breaking News: Michigan M…

Breaking News: Michigan Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Update

This October, we reported that the Michigan Legislature had enacted two citizen-initiated proposals that were originally scheduled to appear on the ballot in November: (1) a gradual increase for Michigan’s minimum wage; and (2) new requirements for… Read More
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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… Read More
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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,… Read More
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