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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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10 Sep Paid Sick Leave And Minimum Wage: What’s Next For Michigan Employers

On September 5, 2018, Michigan’s Republican majority legislature adopted ballot proposals concerning minimum wage and paid sick leave. With that step, legislators removed both proposals from the November general election ballot.   This means legislators retain the ability to amend either law with a simple majority vote instead of the three-fourths vote required to amend a ballot initiative if it were passed by voters in November. The Michigan legislature can amend either or both laws before their March 2019 effective dates – either during the…

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12 Jan ICE Raids on 7-Eleven Franchise Stores Result in 21 Arrests

  On January 10, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents commenced employment audits at nearly 100 7-Eleven franchises across the U.S., signaling the biggest crackdown on suspected illegal workers since President Trump took office. The raids resulted in 21 administrative arrests. Following the raids, ICE Deputy Director Thomas Homan said in a statement: “Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law,…

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30 Sep Ohio ‘Reverse’ Racial Discrimination Ruling Reinforces Employers’ Advantage in Constructive Discharge Cases

  Our clients are typically employers, but this decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit (the appellate court for Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee) on Sept. 28 illustrates one piece of advice we would give an aggrieved employee if asked: Don’t quit! (We’re not changing sides, by the way.)   Steve Fletcher, a white registered nurse, sued his employer alleging racial discrimination, and his story has many hallmarks of discrimination cases we see every day:   A new supervisor who, it…

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