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Coronavirus Testing and t…

Coronavirus Testing and the ADA

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces workplace anti-discrimination laws. That includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which applies to private employers with 15 or more employees. Many states have a co… Read More
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Remarry, Re-Plan

Remarry, Re-Plan

While we read reports that the divorce rate has declined over the past couple of decades, it has actually doubled for couples over age 50. A few things to keep in mind regarding your estate plan upon a remarriage: Protecting both your new spouse and… 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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Workplace Safety Complain…

Workplace Safety Complaints on the Rise

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s general industry and construction industry enforcement divisions recently performed their first COVID-19 compliance inspections of Michigan employers and found a handful of “serious”… Read More
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Substantial Change to Pro…

Substantial Change to Property Tax Foreclosures

A few years ago, we helped a client who had lost a residential income property to tax foreclosure for failing to pay what began as less than $100 in property taxes (attributable to an inadvertent oversight). The house was ultimately sold by the count… Read More
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Getting It Done

Getting It Done

Covid-19 has us all on edge. One way that I see this anxiety play out is in the increased number of calls we’re receiving from people interested in implementing or updating estate planning documents like wills, trusts and powers of attorney. One fr… 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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Elections During a Pandem…

Elections During a Pandemic

Under current Michigan law, as interpreted by the courts, voters must submit a request to receive an absentee ballot in one of three ways: (1) by written request, (2) by filing an absent voter ballot application, or (3) by mailing a federal postcard… 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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“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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