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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…
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,…
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…
Hold the Phone!

Hold the Phone!

In 1991, Congress passed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) in response to growing concerns about the use of robocalls. Under the TCPA and related regulations enacted by the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”), it is unlawf…
FMLA Violations Can Make…

FMLA Violations Can Make You a Target

Experienced HR managers know that the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid qualifying leave per year to eligible employees. What is less commonly known is that company decision make…
Don't Buy Exposure for Un…

Don't Buy Exposure for Unpaid Wages

In December, the U.S. Department of Labor filed suit against metro Detroit grocer, Nino Salvaggio Fruit and Vegetable Market, Inc., alleging that the Troy, St. Clair Shores and Clinton Township stores violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”…
Minimum Wage Increase Par…

Minimum Wage Increase Part 2

In a recent article, we highlighted the January 1, 2018, minimum wage increase under the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, Public Act 138 of 2014 (“the Act”).  We now want to remind readers of three “special situations” under the Act: 1.  An…
Nothing Sexy About Workpl…

Nothing Sexy About Workplace Harassment

These days, accounts of alleged sexual misconduct are prevalent in the media and are often referred to in catchy headlines as “sexual harassment.” Legally speaking, “sexual harassment” can take two forms in the workplace: Hostile work enviro…