• Get to Know: Bruce Courtade

    January 3, 2017

    “An alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School, Bruce Courtade is a shareholder with Rhoades McKee, PC, in Grand Rapids. A past president of the State Bar of Michigan (2012-13)”

  • How Well Do You Know Your Construction Job Site?

    December 30, 2016

    “General contractors need to be aware of the practices and procedures employed by workers on their job sites, and immediately put a stop to any prohibited or unsafe behavior they observe.”

  • M&A from the Buyer’s Perspective

    December 20, 2016

    Please join us for an engaging conversation that will focus on the M&A process through the buyers eyes. This perspective will benefit both the buyer and seller. Our expert panel will present an M&A case study and walk you through the entire process so you know what to expect.   Panelists: Randy Rua, Rua Associates […]

  • Bosses: Take action to avoid worker status liability

    December 13, 2016

    “Who qualifies as my employee?” may not be as straightforward as it appears.

  • New Healthcare Coverage Option for Small Employers

    December 9, 2016

    (December 9, 2016) The big news from Washington this week – aside from whatever latest Tweet has issued regarding the incoming administration – is the nearly unanimous bi-partisan passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.  The bill, which now goes to President Obama for his expected signature, is chock-full of significant provisions that will impact […]

  • Department of Labor Refuses to Concede Overtime Battle

    December 2, 2016

    (December 2, 2016) We recently wrote about a Texas federal judge’s November 22, 2016 injunction preventing implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules that would have raised the minimum salary for overtime exempt employees from $23,660 annually to $47,476 annually. The ruling of the lower Court came just days before employers nationwide were […]

  • Recent Ruling Reinforces the Importance of Understanding Contract Terms

    December 2, 2016

    (December 2, 2016) An opinion issued recently by the Michigan Court of Appeals highlights the need for business organizations to pay special attention to not only the language of contracting documents, but also to understand the meaning and consequences of any documents incorporated into those contracts “by reference.” In Naturipe Foods, LLC v Siegel Egg […]

  • Federal Court Throws New Overtime Rules Into Limbo

    November 23, 2016

    (November 23, 2016) Businesses from coast to coast have spent the last several months analyzing and making plans to implement the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules which basically doubled the compensation floor for salaried employees and were to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  That all changed Tuesday, November 22nd, when U.S. Federal […]

  • you ask, we answer.

    November 21, 2016

    Q: I know that the FLSA salary basis changes on December 1, 2016. So, as long as my salaried employees make at least $47,476 I am in compliance, right? A: Not necessarily. Earlier this year the U.S. Department of Labor issued new regulations which raised the salary basis requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act […]

  • How Does the Election Impact Estate and Gift Taxes?

    November 20, 2016

    (November 21, 2016) The recent election could mean significant changes in estate and gift tax laws.  We believe recent regulatory efforts to abolish valuation discounts will effectively be suspended, and the federal estate/gift tax may soon be repealed. Under current federal estate and gift tax laws, a person is typically taxed at about a 40% […]

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