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Well-Written Waivers and…

Well-Written Waivers and Really Respectable Releases

Waivers and releases are a part of everyday life. Whether you are looking for weekend fun, travel plans, lessons for kids, or other such adventures, you’ll probably be asked to sign a waiver or release form in order to get started. Every business w…
Renew Your Assumed Names…

Renew Your Assumed Names Online

As we noted before, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, or “LARA,” has made renewing your corporation’s assumed name both easier and faster by offering renewals online. Eligible corporations whose assumed names will exp…
Don't Tell Mama!

Don't Tell Mama!

The attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest and most widely-accepted privileges for preserving confidential communications, dating back to the 16th century. Most people know that the privilege prevents an attorney from revealing a client’s c…
Student Interns: Pay vs E…

Student Interns: Pay vs Education

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires for-profit employers to pay their employees for work performed. A seemingly simple principle, right? But the body of litigation over who is considered an “employee” and subject to the pay regulations of the A…
Love-a-Bull

Love-a-Bull

Last month, the Michigan Senate voted to prohibit local governments from maintaining dog breed-specific regulations. About 30 local governments in Michigan currently maintain such regulations, which typically range from complete bans on certain bree…
It's All in Who You Know

It's All in Who You Know

Each week, we try to provide you with information about things that we think you might find interesting or helpful. But as I was deciding what to write about this week, it occurred to me that perhaps it would be fun to tell you about who you should…
The Name Game

The Name Game

When creating a corporation, many business owners have a preference for using their own surname as the company name. It’s a source of pride and also helps any existing customers identify the goods and services they sell as specific to them. And b…
The Management Watch Word…

The Management Watch Word is "Transparency"

“Transparency” is trending in corporate governance circles. With internet and social media resources at the fingertips of investors, consumers and employees like never before, and increased governmental oversight in the wake of global financial…
2017 Great Lakes Women’…

2017 Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference

The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council will be hosting its 17th annual Great Lakes Women’s Business Conference at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi tomorrow and Wednesday, September 26-27. The event will bring together more than 1,000…
What Are You Doing for Lu…

What Are You Doing for Lunch?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate employees for every hour worked, and at the rate of 1.5 times the employees’ regular wages for overtime.  But does lunch time count as work time?  The answer depends upon what t…