Human Resources and Employment Law

  • What Businesses Need to Know About Michigan’s Mask Mandate

    July 16, 2020

    As positive cases of COVID-19 rise, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expanded the previous recommendation-only directive for use of a face mask to a mandate. Now, businesses open to the public must refuse entry or service to those not wearing a mask. The order also requires that masks be worn in crowded outdoor spaces, and individuals are […]

  • Enter the Rainbow: Supreme Court Rules That Title VII Protects LGBTQ Workers

    June 16, 2020

    Monday, the Supreme Court in the case of Bostock v Clayton County Georgia put a spotlight on the rainbow that symbolizes the LGBTQ community by ruling that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers sexual orientation and gender identity. This puts an end to a deep split amongst the Federal Courts regarding the issue […]

  • Congress Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act: Key Changes to PPP Program

    June 4, 2020

    The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have passed H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020, which modifies the Paycheck Protection Program implemented as part of the CARES Act. H.R. 7010’s Key Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program Extending the “Covered Period” definition of the program from June 30, 2020, to […]

  • Successful Staffing After COVID-19 Closure

    May 21, 2020

    WE CAN OPEN! NOW WHAT? Michigan employers that are allowed to reopen their businesses after a COVID-19 shutdown face many issues in re-introducing their employees to the workplace. The following major issues should be on all employer’s radar during the call back process to ensure successful staffing. Compliance with Executive Order 2020-91   As explained […]

  • Five Steps to Resume Michigan Business Operations

    May 19, 2020

    On the heels of the auto industry and manufacturing returning to work, it is widely expected that other Michigan employers will be allowed to resume operations in the next few weeks. Each business that is allowed to resume operations has a number of steps that it must address in order to comply with State and […]

  • Stay Home, Stay Safe 3.0: What you Need to Know

    April 24, 2020

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued her third “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-59, extending it until May 15th. Executive Order 2020-21 (first “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order) required businesses to suspend operations if workers had to leave their homes in order to do their jobs, and required individuals to stay at home other than to […]

  • DOL Issues Temporary Rule to Provide Further Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    April 3, 2020

    The DOL has issued a temporary rule providing further guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”). While the temporary rule is not yet final and its terms may change, it expands and clarifies prior guidance regarding implementation of and compliance with FFCRA. Must an employer compensate an employee teleworking for all time between […]

  • DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    March 30, 2020

    The DOL issued its first guidance on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) last week that provided helpful information about paid sick leave and the expanded FMLA leave. Since then, the DOL has added significantly more information to its guidance, which clarifies several very important issues regarding the implementation of the FFCRA. Below we […]

  • CARES: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

    March 30, 2020

    In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on American businesses, Congress passed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (“CARES Act”). This $2 Trillion stimulus package is designed to offset the significant disruption businesses are facing as the country battles COVID-19. The following is a brief guide to the Small Business Administration components […]

  • Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Q&A

    March 26, 2020

    What is the effective date of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)? The DOL has indicated the effective date for FFCRA is April 1, 2020, and the paid leave provisions only apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. According to what we’ve seen from the Department of Treasury, leave […]

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