• Food Safety Modernization Act: The Impact on the Food Industry One Bite at a Time

    July 16, 2018

    The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a law applicable to food producers, processors and transporters. The purpose of the law is to protect the public from foodborne illness. Data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention data indicates that over 3,000 people in the United States die from foodborne illnesses each year while […]

  • Should You Require Employees to Sign an Arbitration Agreement?

    June 26, 2018

    In May, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of employers to require and enforce pre-dispute class and collective action waivers as part of individual arbitration agreements.  Many employers have elected to require employees to agree at the time of hire or as a condition of continuing employment that any employment disputes be dealt with […]

  • 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    On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, the Michigan Legislature repealed the State’s Prevailing Wage Act, which required the State to pay workers union-level wages under state construction contracts.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 […]

  • Non-Disclosure Agreements: The Beginning of a Deal

    May 20, 2018

    Sellers and Buyers want to negotiate, but need to protect themselves in the event a deal is not completed. The Non-Disclosure Agreement, or NDA, is the key to opening meaningful conversation, while protecting valuable interests. There are several topic areas you should expect to address in an NDA, though Sellers and Buyers each have their […]

  • New European Data Protection Regulations Have Far-Reaching Implications

    May 15, 2018

    Before May 25th: Make sure that your privacy policy and terms of use comply with the GDPR Make sure all your users opt-in to your possessing of their data Make sure all of your users can download and delete their data on demand Many small and mid-sized U.S.-based businesses without a physical presence in Europe […]

  • Why First Impressions Matter in Business Valuation Litigation

    April 26, 2018

    In a business-divorce case or marital divorce case involving a business, each side typically hires an expert to provide the court or jury with an opinion as to the value of the business. Depending on a party’s position, their expert will seek to establish as high or low a value as possible. For example, a […]

  • What to Ask Before Retaining a Divorce Lawyer

    January 23, 2018

    Retaining a divorce attorney requires careful consideration.  When a marriage ends, spouses and their children often face a perfect storm of stressful decisions:  new living arrangements, parenting schedules, and of course issues concerning property and money.   Your attorney will inform you about the legal process, explain how the courts interpret the law and will help […]

  • New Deduction for Pass-Through Entities

    January 23, 2018

    The recently enacted tax act significantly changes the way businesses will be taxed.  The tax rate for C corporations was changed from a progressive-rate system with a maximum rate of 35% to a flat rate of 21%.  Combined with a Qualified Dividend rate of 15% for many taxpayers, the combined tax rate on corporate earning […]

  • Game Over for Entertainment Deductions

    January 16, 2018

    The cost of business entertainment just got more expensive.  The good old days of deducting expenditures to entertain clients and customers has come to an end.  Under the recently enacted tax reform, no deduction is allowed with “respect to an activity generally considered to constitute entertainment, amusement or recreation.”  While portions of the current IRS […]

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