Publications

  • Court of Appeals Nixes Wage and Sick Time Hikes

    January 27, 2023

    Since the fall of 2018 Michigan employers have faced the prospect of significant increases in the minimum wage rate and in the amount of paid sick leave they had to offer to employees. Both of these potential increases were the result of successful voter petition campaigns to put the issues on the ballot for a […]

  • The Death of Non-Compete Agreements?

    January 6, 2023

    On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its proposed rule to eliminate non-compete agreements on the basis that they unduly suppress employee wages and stifle innovation and business dynamism. Whether this is a good idea or not depends upon whether you use non-competes to protect your business or whether the existence of […]

  • New Year Rings in New Protections for Pregnant and Post-Partum Employees

    January 5, 2023

    On December 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law two bills that add protections for pregnant and post-partum employees—the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA). PUMP Act First, the PUMP Act amends the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to expand coverage to all employees […]

  • Internal revenue Service PENALTY RELIEF FOR 2019 AND 2020 LATE FILED TAX RETURNS AND INFORMATION RETURNS

    September 7, 2022

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an Administrative Notice on August 24, 2022, providing for penalty relief for late filed tax returns and late filed information returns for the taxable years 2019 and 2020.  To qualify for the penalty relief, the taxpayers must submit any eligible tax return for these years on or before September […]

  • Poking through the Clouds

    August 15, 2022

    Enter the Rainbow, Part Two: The Michigan Supreme Court Protects LGBTQ Rights The end of July 2022 found Michigan’s employment landscape clouded over with all kinds of legal and financial issues relating to the ruling by the Court of Claims that the state legislature acted unconstitutionally when it adopted but then amended two 2018 ballot […]

  • UPDATE: Court Stays Enforcement of Revived Earned Sick Time Act and Minimum Wage Hike

    August 2, 2022

    Following last month’s decision from the Michigan Court of Claims effectively reinstating Michigan’s Earned Sick Time Act and Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act in their pre-amendment, ballot initiative form, the state defendant immediately filed a claim for appeal and moved to stay enforcement of the decision. On July 29, 2022, the Court granted a temporary […]

  • Back to the Future: Michigan Court Revives Paid Sick Leave Requirements and Minimum Wage Hike

    July 22, 2022

    On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled that the state legislature acted unconstitutionally when it adopted but then amended two 2018 ballot initiatives providing earned sick leave for most Michigan workers and increasing the minimum wage for all employees, eliminating the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. In 2018 the Michigan legislature […]

  • Is a National Standard for Data Privacy on the Horizon?

    June 23, 2022

    A key congressional subcommittee begins debate today, June 23, 2022, on legislation leaders are calling the closest Congress has ever come to enacting a national standard for data privacy. As an increasing number of states enact consumer privacy laws, many businesses must comply with seemingly conflicting standards on what information they may collect, what they […]

  • Jomaa v Prime Healthcare Services-Garden City, LLC & Vasquez v Nugent

    May 10, 2022

    J.R. Poll recently filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of the Michigan Society for Healthcare Risk Management (MSHRM) in the Michigan Court of Appeals in the matters of Jomaa v Prime Healthcare Services-Garden City, LLC (Docket No. 358209) and Vasquez v Nugent, et al (Docket No. 358134).  The Michigan Court of Appeals has granted leave to appeal […]

  • Rhoades McKee Obtains Emergency Injunctive Relief to Protect Client

    April 26, 2022

    Rhoades McKee attorney Stephen Hulst recently obtained a significant victory for catastrophically injured individuals and their fight to keep the care they need to survive. Stephen Gedda suffered a spinal cord injury in a 2011 auto accident, rendering him a quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator.  Gedda’s auto insurer, State Farm, paid for the 24/7 […]

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