» Employee Handbooks & Policies

“Blow the Whistle, Ref!…

“Blow the Whistle, Ref!” Limited Safeguards Under the Whistleblowers’ Protection Act

Last Thursday, my twin sons and their teammates finished their freshmen football season at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School with a big win against a local competitor. Overhearing some disgruntled parents from the other team, I was reminde… Read More
Read More
Arbitration Provisions in…

Arbitration Provisions in Employment Agreements

Including arbitration provisions in employment agreements can help to reduce the risk of expensive and time consuming litigation by requiring a dispute to be resolved by a neutral arbitrator, rather than through the court system. Generally speaking,… Read More
Read More
Paying “Volunteers” M…

Paying “Volunteers” Might Start a Fire

“Employee” or “Independent Contractor”? Throughout my twenty year career, I have analyzed and argued this question on behalf of a host of clients in multiple industries. Depending on how a worker is classified, the paying company may or may n… Read More
Read More
How DOMA’s Demise Affec…

How DOMA’s Demise Affects Michigan Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”) on June 26, 2013, striking down Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Section 3 prohibited same-sex marriages from being recognized under f… Read More
Read More
Updated Family and Medica…

Updated Family and Medical Leave Act Forms

Employers who fall within the definition of “qualifying employers” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) should be aware of recent updates which took effect this past March, and which require the use of updated FMLA forms from the U… Read More
Read More
What’s Trending in Your…

What’s Trending in Your Workplace?

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) publishes a biennial survey of human relations professionals and recently came out with its 2013 edition. SHRM’s “Workplace Forecast” includes the ten overall key issues that HR professionals fee… Read More
Read More
Judicial Appointments Mad…

Judicial Appointments Made to the Michigan Business Court

In an effort to streamline corporate litigation and enhance Michigan’s business climate, the State of Michigan has established the “Michigan Business Court” — a specialized docket system to which business law cases will be assigned starting t… Read More
Read More
Coming Soon: The Health I…

Coming Soon: The Health Insurance Marketplace

The next change resulting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect October 1, 2013, when open enrollment in the “Health Insurance Marketplace” begins. Intended to provide a “competitive insurance marketplace” for affordable and qualifi… Read More
Read More
“Get Shorty” Shorteni…

“Get Shorty” Shortening the Window for Employee Lawsuits

From an employer’s perspective, keeping up with the law can sometimes seem daunting. But, even as federal and state legal and regulatory requirements grow, carefully drafted employment agreements can help to reduce the risk of costly litigation ini… Read More
Read More
Using Criminal Histories…

Using Criminal Histories in Employment Decisions

In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its guidance regarding the use of arrest or conviction records when making employment decisions. In some instances, using the records may run afoul of the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition a… Read More
Read More