Archive: December 2015

  • The corporate veil isn’t impenetrable

    December 30, 2015

    “In most cases forming a corporation or an LLC will provide an individual with personal liability protection — but not always.”

  • Client awarded judgment of $500,000

    December 22, 2015

    Mr. Jackson provided his retirement funds to the defendants for purposes of purchasing and rehabilitating specific properties in Grand Rapids. Through a series of complicated transactions, however, Mr. Spencer transferred the money to his solely owned side company and thereafter spent Mr. Jackson’s money on himself. Six months after the lawsuit was filed, Mr. Spencer […]

  • Avoiding the Top 5 Human Resource Liability Traps

    December 16, 2015

    Hosted By: The Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce This seminar uses a case study approach to help you identify and resolve some of the top human resource issues facing employers today.  You will gain specific strategies for classifying employees, calculating different pay rates, complying with medical leave under the FMLA, ADA, and other laws, and […]

  • Exploration of Issues Confronting Employers under FMLA, ADA and GINA

    December 16, 2015

    The Employers’ Association (TEA) is hosting a half-day program consisting of three sections. The three sections follow one case study through different circumstances and explores what can be done in each situation. This program will be presented by Kelly Petrocelli, Rhoades McKee Labor and Employment Attorney. Section 1 – Exploring Issues Confronting Employers under the […]

  • Obtaining Injunctive Relief in the Michigan Business Court: When Your Business Needs Immediate Court Action

    December 14, 2015

    (December 15, 2015) As the saying goes, “the wheels of justice grind slowly.” That often holds true in litigated matters, where cases sometimes take years to resolve. One purpose of creating Business Courts in Michigan is to provide those in the business community with a more flexible and efficient forum to resolve disputes. So far, […]

  • Complex Condemnation Case

    December 10, 2015

    The state offered $144k as “just compensation” for 10-acres of vacant land owned by a highly specialized West Michigan nursery business. The property taken by the state was needed by the nursery for its continued expansion, as it was contiguous to its core facility. The state refused to recognize any impact on the nursery beyond the […]

  • New Year New Wage Increase

    December 8, 2015

    (December 1, 2015) Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Michigan will increase to $8.50 an hour. This increase was passed in May of 2014 under the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. The minimum wage is due for an additional increase again in 2017 and 2018, then will be adjusted annually thereafter by the state […]