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21 November 2019

Service And Support Animals in the Workplace: ...

We often receive questions from clients about requests that both employees and customers (or patients) make to bring emotional support or service animals into the workplace.  Here’s a quick primer on what employers need to know about service and emotional support animals: What is the difference? A service animal is a dog (or sometimes a […]

 
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14 November 2019

NLRB Continues Trend of Limiting Union Access t...

In recent years, the NLRB has been rolling back past decisions that reduced employers’ property rights and granted individuals’ access to an employer’s property to engage in union activity.  In Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, 368 NLRB 46 (Aug. 23, 2019), the NLRB took another step in that direction.  Bexar follows on the heels […]

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07 November 2019

TRO Issued for Immigration-related Presidential...

On October 4, 2019 President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation suspending entry of prospective immigrants to the United States who will financially burden the United States healthcare system. Under the proclamation foreign nationals would be limited from entering the U.S. on an immigrant visa (as a Legal Permanent Resident or “Green Card” holder) unless the […]

State Capital in Lanssing
31 October 2019

Next Stop on the Overtime Roller Coaster: Michigan

On October 24, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a sweeping and expansive proposal to extend overtime protections to hundreds of thousands of Michigan’s workers.  The proposal, which is technically a “Request for Rulemaking” to amend the Michigan Administrative Code, calls on the Wage and Hour Division to change the salary test for employees to “better […]

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24 October 2019

Michigan Attorney General Ramps Up Investigatio...

On April 22, 2019, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the formation of a new Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit, which is tasked with investigating accusations of payroll fraud and “wage theft” against Michigan businesses. The AG’s Office has reportedly been receiving complaints at a steady pace since the announcement of the new unit and has […]

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17 October 2019

Prohibited Substances: A Vocabulary Lesson

Do your workplace prohibited substances (Smoking or Drug) policies make distinctions between legal and illegal drugs? Do you use “cannabis,” “marijuana,” and “hemp” interchangeably? What about “vaping?” It’s important to understand the vernacular, to make sure your policies say (and, prohibit) what you think they say! Vaping: Vaping is considered the inhaling of vaporized substance. […]

State Capital in Lanssing
10 October 2019

New Bills to Protect Workers’ Rights Introduced...

Recently, a group of lawmakers in the Michigan House of Representatives announced a series of bills that are designed to strengthen employee rights and increase compensation.  The bills include: A “Temporary Worker Bill of Rights” that requires employers to give temporary workers the first opportunity at permanent positions and more notice about when they’re scheduled […]

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03 October 2019

U.S. Supreme Court to Provide Clarity on LGBT P...

On October 8, 2019, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear a trio of cases that present related questions about the scope of Title VII, the federal civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination in employment.  The consolidated case of Zarda v. Altitude Express and Bostock v. Clayton County will determine whether sexual orientation […]

27 September 2019

EEO-1 Component 2 Deadline Is Upon Us

If you haven’t already filed your EEO-1 Component 2 report, it’s time to check that off your to-do list.  The deadline is fast approaching.  Employers are required to turn over this worker pay and hours data to the EEOC by September 30, 2019. How did we get here? This past Spring, a federal district court […]