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The Personnel Files blog is a publication of Miller Johnson’s Employment and Labor group. Topics covered will include wage and hour, FLSA, ADA, immigration, employee handbooks, union relations, FMLA, workplace harassment and much more.

The New Normal
20 September 2022

Is COVID-19 Still Relevant at Work?

Here’s 3 reasons I think it is (and always will be!) I know, I know. We’re two-and-a-half years in and we’re all soooo over COVID-19. And, if the increase in traffic during the morning commute and lack of prime parking spaces close to the office are any indication, it certainly seems like employees have returned […]

2022 Employment Law Seminar
06 September 2022

Join Us For The Miller Johnson Annual Employmen...

Every year, as the calendar turns from August to September and mornings and evenings get a little cooler, I start to look forward to all things fall. For “normal-person me,” this means getting excited for back to school, the return of college football (GO GREEN!), and giving myself permission to bake some of my favorite […]

Employment Agreement
23 August 2022

10 Things to Include in Every Employment Agreement

Not all employers choose to enter into employment agreements with their employees. However, there can be certain benefits of entering into such agreements. Agreements can provide clarity by setting out the terms of employment and the mutual obligations between the employee and the employer. They can also provide protection for your business after an employee […]

LGBTQ+ Rights and Religious Accommodations
09 August 2022

(Sometimes) Irreconcilable Differences: LGBTQ+ ...

When Employers Are Stuck in the Middle More and more employers are finding themselves in the difficult position of dealing with objections from religious employees to DEI trainings or policies, or requests from coworkers to use preferred pronouns. Unfortunately, the law provides employers with limited guidance in this increasingly fraught area. What are employers to […]

Workplace Violence
26 July 2022

Workplace Violence: Prevent and Protect

We always think that it won’t happen to us. That “things like this” don’t happen “here.” But recent shootings in workplaces across the county – like at a grocery store in Buffalo, at a school in Uvalde, and at a manufacturing facility in western Maryland – should prompt employers to consider what they can and […]

US Supreme Court Building
12 July 2022

Group Health Plan (and Related Benefit) Conside...

In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the United States Supreme Court overruled its previous decisions in both Roe and Casey and determined that the United States Constitution’s privacy clause does not guarantee a right to an abortion prior to the date of viability.  Instead, the regulation of abortion will be left to the states.  […]

Service Animal
28 June 2022

Dogs, Cats & Hamsters, Oh My! Can My Emplo...

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many workplace cultures. One unexpected impact is the rise of requests to bring animals to work. According to the Washington Post, nearly 1 in 5 American households nationwide adopted a pet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees who were recently working from home may now request to bring their animals to […]

Summer Scheduling
14 June 2022

Summer Schedules That Work for Everyone

With lakes, beaches, and cabins beckoning, few people enjoy spending Michigan’s magnificent summers in the office or on the factory floor. What to do when half your workforce wants Fridays off? Summertime offers a great chance for employers to use flexible scheduling to show their commitment to their employees, which can boost employee morale and […]

Lifeguard on Beach
14 June 2022

Summer [Working], Had Me a Blast . . .

Summer is here and school is out. For many kids that means it’s time for a summer job. (Not everyone can have the kind of carefree summer that Danny and Sandy did . . .) Michigan employers who hire these kids—expected to be about a quarter million this summer—are subject to the state’s Youth Employment […]