Michigan Senate Passes Significant Amendments to Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act
On March 1, 2023, the Michigan Senate approved a series of amendments to the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which would add “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression” to the law’s list of prohibited discriminatory practices. The Amendments, which many observers believe will be passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by the Governor, will take effect 90 days after enactment. Read More ›
Categories: Alerts and Updates, Employee Handbook, Employment, Labor Relations, Lawsuit, Legislative Updates
How Employers Handle a Remote Workforce
In a June 2022 study by Gallup.com, 8 in 10 employees are working hybrid or entirely remote, while only 2 in 10 are entirely on-site. Read More ›
Categories: Employment, Labor Relations, Liability
Corporate Transparency Act: What You Need to Know Before 2024
Introduction and Scope of New Rule
With a stated goal of countering money laundering, the financing of terrorism and other illicit activities (including those of Russian oligarchs currently under U.S. sanctions), Congress passed the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) in January 2021 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. In 2022, the Department of Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) began to publish rules in its efforts to begin enforcement of the CTA likely beginning on January 1, 2024. Read More ›
Categories: Alerts and Updates, Did you Know?, Employment, Legislative Updates, News
Federal Trade Commission Issues Sweeping Proposed Rule to Prohibit Noncompete Agreements
On January 5, 2023, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed new regulation that would broadly prohibit employers from using or enforcing noncompete agreements with employees, former employees, contractors, or other workers. Read More ›
Categories: Alerts and Updates, Did you Know?, Employment, Labor Relations, News
How to Attract and Retain Talent in 2023
As the working environment changes, so do the expectations of the talent pool. In the new year, employers should keep some crucial things in mind when attracting and retaining talent. Read More ›
Categories: Employee Benefits, Employment
Coming in 2023: Big Changes to Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave
This past year brought about significant changes to Michigan employment law, especially in regards to minimum wage and paid sick leave.
In 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims reinstated Michigan’s original Improved Workforce Opportunity Act (IWOWA) and Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), ruling that the adopt and amend tactic used to pass the Paid Medical Leave Act were unconstitutional under Michigan’s Constitution. This ruling immediately voided the Paid Medical Leave Act and the amended version of the IWOWA, reinstating all provisions of the 2018 IWOWA and ESTA. The Court of Appeals did issue a stay until February 19, 2023.
So how did we get here, and what does this mean for employers moving forward? Read More ›
Categories: Alerts and Updates, Did you Know?, Employment, Labor Relations
Employee Misclassification and the Gig Economy
One of the most concerning trends in employment law today is employee misclassification. Stringent labor protections put in place by the government, the increased use of of independent contractors and explosion in the gig economy means that the burden is on employers not only to classify employees correctly, but also to treat them strictly within the boundaries of the law under that classification. Read More ›
Categories: Department of Labor, Did you Know?, Employment, Labor Relations, Lawsuit
Non-Competition Agreements: What They Are And How You can Align Yours With Best Practices
A non-competition agreement – also known as a non-compete agreement or non-compete clause – is a stipulation often found in employee contracts that prohibits an employee from engaging in the same type of business with another employer if they leave their current job.
These clauses have been in employers’ toolboxes for decades, largely to protect proprietary information and trade secrets from competition. However in the past few years, non-competes have come under fire from the Biden Administration.
Knowing this, our team has put together some key points on non-competes, laws that govern them, and changes that we’re seeing in the Biden Administration. Read More ›
Categories: Contracts, Did you Know?, Employment, Labor Relations, Lawsuit
Wage and Hour Law 101 for Employers
Every employer and HR department has reviewed wage and hour laws, but even for the most experienced companies, a few common questions always come up.
- How much do I have to pay?
- What will wages look like in the next few years?
- Does a bonus affect overtime?
- What type of damages could I face if I don’t pay employee's properly?
- How do I stay out of the crosshairs of the government?
Some of the answers might not be as straightforward as you’d think. Below, we’ve put together some of the most important points on the basics of wage and hour laws and what employers need to know. Read More ›
Categories: Audits, Employment, Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board, Overtime, Wage and Hour
An HR Audit to Position You for a Great Start to 2022
For human resources professionals, a new year serves as a natural jumping off point for a check-in on best practices concerning company policies, compliance with employment statutes, and good record keeping. To make your job easier, we are providing you three tools to help you with a self-audit:
- Checklist for Compliance with Employment Related Statuses
- Checklist for Employment Policies, Practices and Forms
- Records Retention Requirement Chart
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