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The US Dept of Labor (USDOL) recently scrapped the 2010-era six-factor rigid test, in favor of a seven-factor flexible test that two influential courts of appeal promulgated. Don't be fooled
"Those who fail to plan, are planning to fail." The Small Business Association of Michigan has a handy reminder of the fundamentals for not only starting your business, but for
On Jan. 1, 2018, the minimum hourly wage for non-tipped employees in Michigan increases from $8.90 to $9.25 per hour. That's a thirty-five cent increase, folks. The minimum wage for
For those of you who have employees and customers (yes, that means all of you), regardless of whether you have a separate HR department or if you're wearing all of
Just as pleading that the dog ate your homework, you won't get far with a judge by pleading that you never received an important legal notice because it must have
No, you cannot force your employees to only speak in English. Sure, if they need to talk to customers, or if they need to convey important safety-related information between each
Like a good horror movie, complying with US immigration laws can seem like a nightmare. in The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 ("IRCA") requires every employer to verify the eligibility
You probably remember being told this when you were in kindergarten -- just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Free speech is one of the most core principles of
Perhaps you've heard that "May Day" 2017 is shaping up to be one of the most heavily participated labor events in recent memory. Before it happens, then, you need to
did you see the press about "Detroit’s Gas Station TV and Verifone Announce Joint Venture"? They are local here. You, too, can think big and grow big, you just need
You've probably seen clever musings about the need for commas. "Let's eat, Grandma!" versus "let's eat Grandma" goes from joyful to dreadful, all for want of a lowly comma. In
Remember those updates to the overtime pay threshold that we were all wringing our hands about? (It's back here if you'd like to remember what you were supposed to remember).
Generally speaking, if my boss decides that my job performance is unacceptable, I can be fired for poor performance. Pretty cut and dry. But what if my poor performance is
Most of you know that employees are generally "at will", meaning you can hire/fire an employee at your discretion. Except, of course, you cannot fire someone "because" they were too
The law has a curious concept called "standing". Meaning, you stand for yourself. You can't stand for someone else. This comes to play in a lawsuit when you try to
Ew, ick, right? Sharing a toothbrush... Sharing login credentials should generate the same kind of "ew ick" response if you want to make sure you don't end up in federal
It's popular today to bash the big bad government bureaucracy. Whether or not you agree with the bashing, the US Dept of Labor has recently published this admittedly helpful "Employer's
Last week was the Independence Day holiday. We're talking independents here. As a small business, there is a temptation to want to call all of your workers "independent contractors" to avoid
Quite often, your vendors' contracts will include a choice of law provision and a forum selection clause. For example: This Agreement is governed by and construed in accordance with the
You have some real estate. It's mortgaged. The mortgage company requires you to carry insurance. So the insurance company should pay directly to your mortgage company, and not to you,
If your company has job postings that refer to needing to "be able to lift fifty pounds," keep reading. Michigan-based Gordon Foods has been cited for a second time for
The US Supreme Court just ruled in a bankruptcy case, where the defaulting debtor used a corporate shell game to try to avoid paying its debt. If you'd like to read
Go figure... I post on Monday that the US-DOL hadn't yet issued the overtime rule updates, and bam! out pops the rule on Tuesday. The magic threshold is $47,476 per
You have probably never heard of the obscure legal phrase - "the Statute of Frauds". And that's good. Way back in the 1600's, folks finally decided that "he said, she
The US Dept of Labor's long-anticipated changes to the overtime pay threshold still haven't come out (could be anywhere from $47-50k, up from the current $23k). But, either way, you
Theft of trade secrets has been a federal crime since the 90's. In response to American companies' secrets being spirited away by departing employees and foreign-born economic spies, the federal
My daughter was indulging a t.v. marathon for the show "Supernatural". One particular episode involved some teens reciting Latin incantations and accidentally inviting demons to their basement. What does this have to do
Those of you who handle FMLA matters know that it can be a paper-intensive undertaking. You've probably grown accustomed to sending Notices of Eligibility, medical certification, and Designation Notices by US postal mail.
In December 2013, a 21 year-old Michigan precedent was overturned. More "contractors" will now be considered "employees" of the host site's company, at least in those unfortunate situations if that person