30 July 2015

New Laws Provide Relief for Employers Complying With Wage Garnishments

Employers attempting to navigate Michigan’s wage garnishment laws quickly learn that legal compliance can be complex and risky. Indeed, if an employer does not timely answer or fully comply with a garnishment, it may be subject to a judgment against it for the full amount of the employee’s debt. This is a high price to […]

30 July 2015

New Rules for Amending H-1B Petition with Work Location Change

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office issued a precedential decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC that now requires employers to file an amended H-1B petition for most worksite location changes. The decision clarifies USCIS’s position that when a change in the H-1B employee’s worksite requires employers to file a […]

30 July 2015

New Supreme Court Ruling May Impact Spousal Coverage Under Your Group Health Plan

A new U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding same sex marriage may require employers to revise their spousal group health coverage rules. Ruling On June 26, 2015 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requires all states to license a marriage between two […]

30 July 2015

Priority Read – Employment Law Update Summer 2015

The cover article shares that Michigan employers get some relief from the stringent requirements and penalties complying with wage garnishments. Three articles are based on U. S. Supreme Court rulings in 2015 and cover issues that impact spousal coverage for group health plans, religious accommodations, and union retiree health benefits. Another article provides details on employers needing to file amended H-1B petitions for worksite changes. Next is the NLRB implemented new rules issued in April on accelerating the time between filing for a union election petition and the election. The final article provides the guidance details from the DOL on the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order. You can also save the date for October conferences, meet a new member of the employment section and read our news announcements.

30 July 2015

Religious Accommodations: It’s Not What You Know But What You Think That Matters

The United States Supreme Court recently decided a case about religious discrimination and accommodation in the context of interviewing and hiring job applicants. In EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., issued on June 1, 2015, Samantha Elauf was interviewed for a position in an Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store. She received an interview rating […]

30 July 2015

The NLRB’s “Ambush” Election Rules are Here: Are You Ready?

On April 14, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) implemented its oft-discussed “quickie” or “ambush” election rules. These rules accelerate the period of time between the filing of a union election petition and the election itself. Not coincidentally, the new rules limit the ability of employers to communicate with their employees during a union […]

30 July 2015

The Supreme Court Opens the Door for Employers to Reduce Union Retiree Health Benefits

In a significant win for employers, the United States Supreme Court invalidated a judicial inference that union retiree health insurance benefits are vested for life in the absence of specific language to the contrary. The Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, issued on January 26, 2015, gives employers more freedom […]

20 July 2015

EEOC Majority Rules that Sexual Orientation Discrimination is Unlawful

Background Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reaffirmed its position that discrimination based on sexual orientation is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In a 3-2 decision, the EEOC, acting in a quasi-judicial role in deciding a discrimination charge filed by a federal employee, decided that Title VII […]

16 July 2015

Marry Responsibly

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution requiring all states to license a marriage between two persons of the same gender. The landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges, was a hard fought victory for same sex marriage. Many couples have rushed to obtain marriage licenses and to […]

13 July 2015

Are You Covered? Security Requirements in Cyberinsurance Policies

Large scale data breaches have garnered much media attention in the wake of cyberattacks on Target and Anthem. Large retailers have disclosed that their payment card data privacy incidents cost them nine figures net of insurance. But as this article will show, even relatively small incidents can cost insureds millions. No company is safe from […]