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Arbitration Explained

Arbitration Explained

Last month, Evan Chall and I wrapped up an arbitration hearing on behalf of a corporate client and several of its key employees.  We had been litigating the matter for over a year, and it proved to be one of the rare cases that proceeded all the way… Read More
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Turkey Day Truths

Turkey Day Truths

Although Thanksgiving is a long-standing tradition, there might be a few things you still don’t know about the holiday. As you prepare to gather around with family and friends, let us leave you with some fun legal facts to share over the dinner tab… Read More
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“Stop Harassing Me!”

“Stop Harassing Me!”

From time to time, prospective clients inquire: “I’m being harassed at work – do I have a legal claim?”  The answer depends in large part on the nature of the perceived harassment.  It is well known that sexual harassment – whether based… Read More
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Trademark Troublemakers

Trademark Troublemakers

The information you submit to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) during the trademark registration process is public record and will eventually become accessible to anyone who seeks it out. This can include your contact information… Read More
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New Overtime Rules Are Co…

New Overtime Rules Are Coming (and Coming and Coming...)

State of Michigan and federal laws governing the payment of employees are some of the most complicated laws we deal with. Federal wage and hour laws typically set the minimums which are often increased under state mandates. New rules promulgated by t… Read More
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Efficiency, Transparency…

Efficiency, Transparency and Protection

You may have noticed that the IRS has been pushing us more and more toward electronic filings, as opposed to paper.  Up until now, most nonprofits have escaped that push.  That exemption from electronic filing requirements vanished this summer, how… Read More
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Time for a Change

Time for a Change

In a couple of weeks, daylight saving time will end and most of us will “fall back” an hour. While many of us will simply be concerned with resetting clocks, employers will want to consider how they handle their nonexempt employees. Here are a fe… Read More
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Spreading Awareness

Spreading Awareness

Did you know that in 2008, Congress declared the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week? Estate planning is a critical component of financial planning but is often overlooked or pushed off for “another day.” It has been… Read More
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Landmark Case Headed to t…

Landmark Case Headed to the Supreme Court

Last year, we covered Stephens v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., a 2018 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals case holding that discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As r… Read More
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Illinois Workplace Transp…

Illinois Workplace Transparency Act

On January 1, 2020, the “Workplace Transparency Act” will take effect in Illinois.  The Act is a sweeping piece of legislation designed to protect victims of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. It applies to nearly every employer in… Read More
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