02 October 2023

School Retiree Changes Head to Governor’s Desk

On September 28, 2023, the Michigan Legislature sent additional school retiree reforms to Governor Whitmer’s desk. House Bill 4752 looks to strike a middle ground between the old retirement regime and the nine-month waiting period enacted in 2022, and Governor Whitmer is expected to sign the bill into law.

29 September 2023

New Cannabis Policy Takes Effect October 1st

Earlier this year, the Michigan Civil Service Commission unanimously agreed to remove marijuana from the pre-employment drug testing protocols. The new policy takes effect on October 1, and impacts about two-thirds of the jobs within the state government. Pre-employment marijuana testing will still be required for about 14,000 of the 48,000 state jobs that are […]

11 September 2023

OFCCP Publishes Second CSAL for 2023

Late last week the OFCCP released the second Corporate Scheduling Announcement List (CSAL) for 2023. The CSAL is advance notice to a federal contractor establishment selected for a Compliance Review (Establishment Review), Corporate Management Compliance Evaluation (CMCE), or Functional Affirmative Action Program (FAAP) Review.

05 September 2023

Happy Halloween! EEO-1 Filing Opens October 31, 2023

Late last week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that the 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection will open on October 31, 2023. The deadline for employers to file their EEO-1 reports is December 5, 2023. The EEOC also stated that it will post updated information materials (including a 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 Instruction Booklet) beginning on September 6, 2023. The EEO-1 help desk will open on October 31, 2023.

31 August 2023

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes to Significantly Expand Eligibility for Overtime

On August 30, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a new overtime rule that raises the salary threshold for the “white collar” exemptions to $1,059 per week, or $55,068 per year—almost $20,000 more than the current $35,568 annual salary threshold. The rule is still only “proposed,” but if it goes into effect the government estimates that more than three million additional workers will be eligible for overtime, and that total wages across the country will increase by more than $1 billion per year.

28 August 2023

NLRB Decision Makes Union Organizing Without an Employee Election Much Easier

For decades, the National Labor Relations Board has recognized the secret-ballot election as the preferred method for employees to determine if they desired union representation. That changed last week, with the Board making it much easier for unions to secure recognition based purely on union authorization cards and a simple demand for recognition.

15 August 2023

ERISA Update: Sixth Circuit Decision Reminds To Review Plan Documents Carefully

On August 1, 2023, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Patterson v. United HealthCare Insurance Company.  The Court’s decision serves as a reminder to carefully scrutinize health plan provisions when dealing with plan reimbursement claims. Eric Patterson was injured in an auto accident.  United HealthCare paid for […]

08 August 2023

Demands/Settlement Offers from Trex Properties LLC

Several clients have received letters on behalf of Trex Properties LLC for alleged contamination associated with a former Detrex Corporation facility at 12886 Eaton Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. These letters claim the recipients are liable for response costs to investigate and remediate the contamination under CERCLA (Superfund) and Michigan law. The letters then make a […]