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Refining the Fine Print

Arbitration is a dispute resolution process for resolving conflicts outside of the court system.  Like a judge, the arbitrator (or arbitration panel) renders a binding decision at the conclusion of the case.  Arbitration has sometimes been viewed a… 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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Is the Legislature Playin…

Is the Legislature Playing ‘3D’ Chess?

Until recently, two separate citizen-initiated proposals were scheduled to appear on the November ballot: (1) the Michigan minimum wage increase initiative (“One Fair Wage”), which would gradually increase Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour… Read More
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I Thought You Said I Coul…

I Thought You Said I Couldn’t Ask About His Health?

Faced with a mountain of legislation and regulations designed to protect employees from discrimination and invasions of privacy, many employers and supervisors understandably fear making any inquiry about a worker’s physical or mental health.  Whi… 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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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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