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06 Dec Michigan Paid Sick Time and Minimum Wage Laws Amended

The Earned Sick Time Act ballot initiative, enacted into law by the Michigan legislature in September, is amended and on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk. Changes were pre-negotiated with the governor’s team, so his signature is expected. Likewise, the minimum wage ballot initiative enacted into law by the Michigan legislature is also amended and expected to be signed by the governor.   The paid sick leave law, now known as the Paid Medical Leave Act, was substantially amended to make it workable for both employers…

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05 Dec Michigan Employer Action Steps for Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana is legal in Michigan as of December 6, 2018, which means that clear communication and managing employee expectations is critical right now. Those employers who have attended our programming on this issue or contacted us in the ramp up to this change have taken three action steps: Decide whether to modify existing workplace drug polices to accommodate marijuana.When medical marijuana was legalized, most employers continued their policy to disqualify an employee from work for a confirmed positive marijuana test result, and most will…

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01 Nov Leading from #MeToo: Making a Long-Term Impact on Workplace Culture

With the initial impact of #MeToo in the rearview mirror, forward-thinking businesses are asking themselves what to do next. How do we overcome inherent biases, tired stereotypes, and systematic barriers? How do we increase productivity, profitability, and employee engagement? How do we make a long-term impact on workplace culture? Recently released research outlined in the Women in the Workplace 2018 Report, authored by McKinsey Consulting and LeanIn.org, confirms what we have long suspected, and underscores the widely accepted research that diverse boards lead more profitable…

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17 Oct HARASSMENT POLICY: WHAT SHOULD WE CALL IT?

Last week we hosted the latest webinar in our “How To …” series, focusing on the nuts and bolts of a harassment policy in light of #MeToo. When I started preparing, I thought, “Not that much has changed as far as what your policy should say.” While I still think that’s true for a company that already had a well thought-out policy, the webinar was quite well-attended and we had more good questions and comments from the audience than we could keep up with – a good…

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27 Sep Politics Aside, Lessons on Sex, Power & the Workplace

When you look beyond the politics, the personalities, and the brouhaha surrounding the nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, there are valuable lessons for employers in their ongoing efforts to quell sexual harassment.   Even today, against the backdrop of #MeToo, harassment often goes unreported. Why?   Even though businesses reinforce anti-harassment policies, conduct training, and regularly investigate misconduct, employees hesitate to report bad behavior. Why?   The events of the last couple weeks offer some explanation. The first woman to make an accusation received death…

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