Tag Archives: Employment

Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rule Has Been Enjoined

The month of December usually signifies the beginning of a mad dash towards shopping malls; however, Christmas almost came early this year for over 4.2 million American workers. On December 1, 2016 the Department of Labor was slated to adopt a new “Overtime Rule.” This rule would raise the overtime eligibility of salaried employees from […]

Michigan’s Whistleblower Protection Act not Applicable to Reports of Future Violations

On February 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of Michigan handed down a decision regarding an employee’s protection under MCL 15.362 (more commonly known as “Michigan’s Whistleblowers Protection Act” or the “WPA”). The WPA is a Michigan law which provides a cause of action for employees who have been discriminated against by their employer because they […]

Employers Not Necessarily Required to Allow Disabled Workers to Work From Home

The Americans with Disability Act (“ADA”) prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Under the ADA, employers are generally required to make “reasonable accommodations” to employees with disabilities unless the accommodation would result in “undue burden” on the employer.   […]

Employee Handbook May Minimize the Chance of Litigation

Employee handbooks are important to businesses. Not only do they set forth expectations between the employer and employee, they protect employers. Clear policies and procedures can prevent liability and limit litigation. An example of how an employee handbook may have prevented litigation was recently seen in the Michigan Court of Appeals’ case Marv Groom v. […]

Are Your Workers Employees or Contractors? The Wrong Label Can Be Costly.

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Keller v. Miri Microsystems, LLC, No. 14-1439 (6th Cir. 2015) clarified the distinction between an independent contractor and an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), 29 U.S.C. §207. The distinction is important as employees are entitled to certain benefits under the FLSA (such as […]

New Law Allows Private Employers to Give Preference to Veterans

A new law recently passed by the Michigan State Legislature, will allow private employers to give preference to veterans of the United States Armed Forces when making hiring decisions. Under the new law, interested employers must adopt a veterans’ preference policy in writing, and the policy must be applied uniformly to employment decisions, promotion of […]

BYOD Policies Need To Be Discussed Sooner Rather Than Later

Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally owned mobile devices (laptops, tablets, and smart phones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications. The following article on BYOD was originally posted on Expectec Technology Services’ blog by Michael St. John. […]

Snyder Signs Bill Increasing Michigan’s Minimum Wage

Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 934 into law on Tuesday increasing Michigan’s minimum wage. The new law repeals the current law governing minimum wage and replaces it with a new law that will gradually raise minimum wage in Michigan from the current $7.40 up to $9.25 by 2018. The minimum wage for tipped employees […]