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Thinking Outside the Box

Thinking Outside the Box

Covid-19 is causing anxiety on just about every level. One way I see it playing out is in people preparing their own estate plan documents because they fear the worst should they catch the virus, but they think the “stay home, stay safe” orders p… Read More
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A Little Help for Downtow…

A Little Help for Downtown

In these times, the depth of our human spirit is on full display. Across the country, people are reaching out in a variety of ways to support their neighbors. And that kindness and generosity can even be found in our own backyard. Despite the hardshi… 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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The Market Is Open!

The Market Is Open!

If there is one thing that announces the coming of summer, it is most definitely opening day of the Farmington Farmers Market. And while the usual hustle and bustle of the market has been replaced by precautions and distance, a hint of the former tra… Read More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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The Show Must Go On!

The Show Must Go On!

Each spring, Jessica and Dirk Beamer write an original script for, and stage a play with, The Edge … a teen performing arts group at Hope Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills. This year’s production, Tell Your Story, focuses on four high school se… Read More
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Taking Care of Business (…

Taking Care of Business (From Home)

During this era of COVID-19, internal business meetings via video conference are the norm rather than the exception. It’s easy to simply hit “record” and access it later for various reasons, like sharing it with those who could not attend, re-w… Read More
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Things to Know (About Our…

Things to Know (About Our Friends!): Sew Loved, Inc.

When Vicki Miles (mother-in-law to Heather Miles) retired from the telecom billing company she had started, she felt a pull to find a way to continue supporting her community. In 2012, Vicki established Sew Loved, Inc., a nonprofit based in South Ben… 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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Where Do We (Re)Start?: Employer Considerations Post-Shutdown

Dirk Beamer discusses key legal and practical considerations for Michigan businesses bringing employees back to work following a layoff or shutdown caused by COVID-19. Read More
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