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Do I Really Need an Emplo…

Do I Really Need an Employee Handbook?

Eighteen months of the coronavirus pandemic have wreaked havoc on workplace employee handbooks as human resource departments and small business owners struggled to rewrite the rules in the face of mandatory work from home orders and heightened safety… Read More
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Avoid Becoming a “Poste…

Avoid Becoming a “Poster Boy” for Posting Violations

Federal law requires employers to maintain labor law posters in a conspicuous location in the workplace, and failure to comply can result in harsh civil penalties (which are adjusted for inflation each year). In 2021, penalties range from $178 (Famil… Read More
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Basics of Noncompete Agreements

After the signing of a new executive order, Dirk Beamer digs in on some basics of noncompete agreements Read More
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Vaccinating Employees; Im…

Vaccinating Employees; Immunizing Employers

Newly updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) guidance confirms what many employment attorneys have suspected to be true: Employers may require “in-person” employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as long as reasonable acc… Read More
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A Joke Is Just a Joke...…

A Joke Is Just a Joke... Right?

April Fools’ Day can be an opportunity for harmless fun, but it can also create the risk of vicarious liability for unsuspecting employers. The general rule is that an isolated joke, without more, will not give rise to liability for harassment or d… Read More
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Student Employment Remind…

Student Employment Reminders

‘Tis the season for students of all ages to seek out summer employment and internships. As your business considers extending offers to students and minors, here are some important reminders: The current minimum wage in Michigan is $9.65 for employe… Read More
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Don’t Gamble with Your…

Don’t Gamble with Your Contracts

Gamblers know that casinos enjoy a “house edge” – a small but statistically significant mathematical advantage in games ensuring that over an extended period, the “house” will prevail. Likewise, savvy employers understand that well-drafted,… Read More
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Expect MIOSHA-Style Workp…

Expect MIOSHA-Style Workplace Safety Rules to Go Nationwide

As Michigan businesses prepared to re-open following last spring’s COVID-19 lockdown, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued several executive orders requiring enhanced workplace safety measures. After the Michigan Supreme Court curtailed the governor’… Read More
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Never Too Early to Prepar…

Never Too Early to Prepare for Transition

As both Wall Street and “Main Street” continue to focus on the timeline for distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and the transition to a new presidential administration, we are reminded that change is the only constant in life. These developments ar… Read More
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Immunizing Against COVID-…

Immunizing Against COVID-19 Related Legal Exposure

In the current environment, employers should be concerned not only about reducing workplace virus exposure risk, but also about minimizing their legal exposure from employees and individuals seeking to hold them liable for COVID-19 infections. The Mi… Read More
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