Human Resources and Employment Law

  • Michigan Legislature Repeals Prevailing Wage Act

    June 13, 2018

    On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the Michigan Legislature repealed the State’s Prevailing Wage Act, which required the State to pay workers union-level wages under state construction contracts. The Legislature chose to repeal the Prevailing Wage Act after Michigan residents sponsored an initiative and amassed nearly 383,000 signatures, more than enough to place the measure on […]

  • Employment Discrimination in Michigan

    May 24, 2018

    The Times, They Are a Changing… Or Are They? On Monday, May 21st, the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (the “Department”) announced that it is joining the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in interpreting sex discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While federal law has been interpreted this way for some time, Michigan […]

  • Resetting the Table

    June 8, 2017

    The Removal of Uninvited Guests In October 2016, we informed you of two Obama-era Department of Labor Guidance Memos (2015 and 2016) which opened up many employers to a host of employment issues for individuals hired as independent contractors or under some degree of contractual control.  We suggested, only partially tongue-in-cheek, that employers should consider […]

  • Pay Deductions for Salaried Employees: You Ask, We Answer

    March 7, 2017

    Q: Do I need to pay a salaried-exempt employee for time off if they already exhausted all of their PTO? A: It is important for employers to be cautious when considering whether or not to take deductions from a salaried-exempt employee’s pay. One wrong move could result in a misclassification claim for not only the employee subject […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hi, Boss! I’m the Employee You Didn’t Hire

    October 20, 2016

    (October 20, 2016) In the past decade, employers have explored numerous ways to trim the number of employees on staff. While much of the trimming has been necessary due to automation and productivity gains, some of it has been driven by the desire to avoid statutory mandates that are triggered by certain thresholds such as […]

  • OSHA Online Injury Regulations Take Effect August 10

    August 4, 2016

    (August 4, 2016) Earlier this year, OSHA announced final changes to its rules governing the reporting of workplace injuries. These final rules are effective August 10, though the new electronic reporting requirement does not begin to phase in until January 1, 2017. The bulk of the new OSHA regulations deal with electronic reporting and new […]

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