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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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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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Minimum Wage Increase Upd…

Minimum Wage Increase Update

On December 11, 2020, the Michigan Wage and Hour Division announced that the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase (to $9.87 per hour) was not expected to take effect on January 1, 2021. Although a minimum wage increase was slated for the first o… 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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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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“Unmasking” New Face…

“Unmasking” New Face Mask Requirements

Michigan is one of several states to mandate the use of face masks in public spaces. On July 13, 2020, Governor Whitmer enacted Executive Order 2020-147, requiring individuals to wear a face covering over their noses and mouths “in any indoor publi… 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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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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State Guidance for Employ…

State Guidance for Employers Contemplating Layoffs

On March 16, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-10, entitled “Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing,” which is effective through 11:59 pm on April 14, 2020. This Order suspends certain requirements and… Read More
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