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Revised Michigan Sick Lea…

Revised Michigan Sick Leave Requirements

Governor Whitmer recently enacted Executive Order No. 2020-172, which clarifies the requirements for granting COVID-19-related medical leave. This new EO rescinds Executive Order 2020-166, which required Michigan employers to grant mandatory leave wh… Read More
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Now You Know It: Special…

Now You Know It: Special Edition

I previously wrote about Executive Order 2020-36, which prevented employers from disciplining or discharging employees who remained home due to symptoms of COVID-19 or due to “close contact” with someone who has tested positive for, or shows symp… Read More
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Additional Guidance from…

Additional Guidance from DOL on Virus-related Leaves and Return to Work

The United States Department of Labor recently issued additional guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and how it impacts employees returning to work. Adding to an already lengthy list of Questions and Answers, the DOL offer… Read More
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Supreme Court Clarifies M…

Supreme Court Clarifies Ministerial Exception

Wright Beamer is privileged to count many churches and religious-based organizations as clients. While their legal needs are typical of other organizational clients, some things – by virtue of the First Amendment to the Constitution – are necessa… Read More
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Open for Business? You Need a Preparedness Plan

Dirk Beamer reviews mandatory requirements and key considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back into the workplace. Read More
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Supreme Court Protects LG…

Supreme Court Protects LGBTQIA Workers

In a much-anticipated decision, the United States Supreme Court last week ruled that Title VII of the United States Code (i.e, the federal statute that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sex) protects LGBTQIA workers. In short, this means em… Read More
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Should I Stay or Should I…

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

As Michigan businesses continue to reopen, employees are rapidly returning to the workplaces they left behind. Or are they? While many workers are eager to return to “brick and mortar” offices, others may feel reluctant to come back, like employe… Read More
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Safeguards to Protect Mic…

Safeguards to Protect Michigan's Workers

Last Thursday, Governor Whitmer issued two new Executive Orders of particular importance to Michigan employers. EO 2020-96 expands the list of industries permitted to operate in-person to include medical facilities, building trades, manufacturers and… Read More
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A Fine Line

A Fine Line

Faced with a dramatically altered economic landscape and a scramble to preserve cash, many companies have implemented across the board pay cuts. Assuming there is no contract or collective bargaining agreement preventing cuts, there’s generally no… Read More
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Coronavirus & ADA: A…

Coronavirus & ADA: A Balancing Act

As businesses large and small prepare to reopen, employers should remain mindful of their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (which covers companies with 15 or more employees). The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recen… Read More
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