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Workplace-Violence Prevention

  In the wake of recent tragedies involving workplace-violence victims, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will be offering free violence prevention seminars on May 10th  from 9:30a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and May 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.. The May 10th event will be hosted by Calvin College, at the Covenant […]

New House Bill Aims To Regulate Ride-Sharing

House Bill No. 4637 is aimed at Transportation Network Companies (“TNC’s”) which hold themselves out to the public as transportation for hire. Uber and Lyft are just two of the major players which will be affected by this bill, as any services which offer prearranged rides to the general public through internet services will be […]

Real Changes for Real Estate

Effective March 29, 2017, Article 25 of the Michigan Occupational Code (Code), 1980 PA 299, has been amended to allow for a series of regulations for Real Estate Brokers and sales personnel. These updated provisions cover a breadth of topics, ranging from allowing prelicensure courses to be completed through distance learning to requiring complaints against licensees […]

Oakland University Offering Free Seminar For Tech-Based Businesses April 25, 2017

If you own a tech-based business or are interested in starting one, you may want to sign up for an April 25, 2017 seminar at Macomb-OU Incubator entitled “An Introduction to Michigan’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.”  OU’s description of the event explains that the seminar “will help you navigate the wide range of resources the State of […]

Poorly Defined Contract Terms Could Spell Disaster For Your Company

The Court of Appeals decision in Jodi Perry v. Progressive (February 28, 2017, Unpublished Case No. 330966), should remind companies to remain vigilant in updating their contracts to clearly define the terms of their agreements. In Perry, the Plaintiff had been involved in a vehicle accident and filed a lawsuit against the Defendant insurance company […]

Court of Appeals Holds That Employers May Shorten The Time Period for Employees to Bring Lawsuits

The Court of Appeals recently upheld a provision in an employment contract that limited an employee’s ability to bring a claim against the employer after one-year. Sams v. Common Ground (Unpublished, Case Number 329600, decided January 17, 2017). In Sams, the terms of an employment contract prohibited claims against the employer after 1 year of […]

Merchants May Pass On Credit-Card Processing Fees to Consumers

Excess credit-card fees may not come as a surprise to anyone who drives, as gas-stations have been charging credit card purchasers about  ten-cents more per gallon of gas for years. Since 2013, it has been legal in Michigan for merchants to charge consumers a surcharge of up to 4% on credit card purchases. Specifically, a […]