Publications

  • OSHA Online Injury Reporting Rule Finalized

    May 12, 2016

    On May 11, 2016, OSHA announced final changes to its rules governing reporting of workplace injuries.  The new reporting rules will kick in for submissions due July 1, 2017.  While the new guidelines do not change who or what needs to be reported to OSHA, the method of reporting has changed for larger employers and […]

  • Jury Protects West Michigan Business With “No Cause” Verdict in Sales Commission Dispute

    May 6, 2016

    (May 11, 2016) Doing business “on your word” and with a hand shake is nothing new. Many businesses trust that those they do business with will treat them fairly and live up to their end of the deal. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and, when a dispute arises, it often comes down to a […]

  • Are Your Digital Assets Included in Your Estate Plan?

    May 2, 2016

    (May 3, 2016) For many of us life has changed drastically.  Although, if you are like me, the change has been slow, we must face the inevitable.  We used to pay bills by check through the USPS, receive hard copy bank statement in our mailbox, organize receipts in filing cabinets, and store photos in photo […]

  • Should I Sign a Trust?

    March 1, 2016

    People regularly ask me whether they should have a Trust, or “just” a Will.  The answer is:  “It depends.”  First, let’s start with some definitions. What Is a Will? Most people have a general understanding of a Will.  In short, it lays out instructions for the distribution of property upon the owner’s death, names a […]

  • Are Your Arbitration Provisions Enforceable?

    February 8, 2016

    (February 8, 2016) Arbitration is a form of alternative-dispute resolution where an arbitrator, as opposed to a court, decides the dispute between the parties.  Many businesses include arbitration provisions in their contracts, hoping to avoid the time and expense associated with litigating disputes in court. And, time and again, the Michigan Court of Appeals has […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Piercing the Corporate Veil: Can You Be Held Individually Liable for Your Business’ Obligations?

    November 2, 2015

    (November 10, 2015) There are numerous reasons to operate a business in the form of a legal entity, such as a corporation or limited-liability company (“LLC”). Perhaps the most common reason is liability protection. By operating a business in the form of a corporation or LLC, the owners avoid personal liability, instead placing only the […]

  • Equipment Lessors Not Covered by Builders Trust Fund Act

    November 1, 2015

    Lamar Construction’s abrupt closure in July 2014 left many people to whom Lamar owed money (including employees, subcontractors and those who provided materials used on Lamar’s jobs) scrambling to try to get paid. Many of those creditors brought claims under Michigan’s Builder Trust Fund Act (“MBTFA”), which imposes a constructive trust on funds held or […]

  • A Home-Field Advantage: Protecting Your Business with Forum-Selection Provisions

    October 7, 2015

    (October 8, 2015) Doing business today often involves working with other businesses in different counties, states, and even countries. Indeed, the internet makes it especially easy to find the best, most cost-effective business partners, no matter where they are physically located. And while both businesses typically enter into the long-distance relationship with the best of […]

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